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  1. The federal government has on Sunday, April 1, released more names of people who have allegedly looted the nation’s treasury. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture who released the list claimed that those complaining that the list was too short did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser, Channels TV reports. Releasing the fresh list of alleged looters, in a statement issued in Lagos, the minister also said those complaining that the list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser. “At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” he said, adding that the federal government has a large number of alleged looters on its list. ”What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke? Did they think it is April Fool?” he queried. The minister said the PDP’s reaction to the looters’ list has shown that its recent apology is an election-induced act, contrived to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians to vote for the party in the 2019 general election, even when it has not come clean on its looting spree during its time in office. Here are names of the alleged looters and their loots: 1. Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion recovered by EFCC in cash and property 2. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far. 3. Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already. 4. Inde Dikko: former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties. 5. Air Marshal Adesola Amosun: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered. 6. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured. 7. Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured. 8. Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA. 9. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion. 10. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion. $829,800 recovered. 11. Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion 12. Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide: N512 million 13. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA: N1.5 billion 14. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo governor: N500 million 15. Tom Ikimi: N300 million 16. Femi Fani-Kayode: N866 million 17. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck: $1.7 million 18. Nenadi Usman: N1.5 billion 19. Benedicta Iroha: N1.7 billion 20. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki: N882 million 21. Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion 22. Godknows Igali: Over N7billion 23. Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards. 24. Former petroleum resources minister Diezani Alison-Madueke: In just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local and international to ensure justice.
  2. Lagos state was on standstill on Friday, March 23, as billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote’s daughter, Fatima, celebrates her wedding reception after tying the knot with the son of former police inspector general, Jamil Abubakar. The reception which many referred to as the grand finale was graced by many dignitaries from across Nigeria and parts of the world.
  3. Senator Dino Melaye who is challenging moves to recall him by his constituency is in fresh trouble: the Police said they have filed a case in a Lokoja court accusing him and three other persons of illegal possession of firearms. Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, announced the move today in a statement. The police took the action, following the confession of two ‘dreaded’ thugs who claimed they were working for Melaye, who represents Kogi West in the Senate. The men were arrested on 19 January at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, after a shootout with the police and have confessed being hired by Melaye, to cause mayhem in the state, Moshood said. One of the persons arrested was identified as 31 years-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. The other was Nuhu Salisu, who is 25 years-old. The third person charged to court was identified as Alhaji Muhammed Audu, a politician, who is now said to be at large. The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang members, two AK47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms. According to the police, the men not only confessed to have been involved in several kidnappings in the state and environs, they also claimed to be hired thugs for politicians. “According to the gang leader, Osama, he has been working as a political thug for one Alhaji Mohammed Audu a Politician in the State. ” He said Alhaji Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport road, Abuja inside the Senator Dino Melaye’s Car in the month of December 2017. “The suspect further confessed that Sen. Dino Melaye told him that they should start working for the Senator as his political thugs and they should recruit and train more other(sic) thugs to work for him in preparation toward 2019 General election to enable him ( Sen. Dino Melaye ) challenge his political opponents and disorganised Kogi State. The police said Osama further confessed that Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the N430, 000.00 to share with his boys. “Consequent on the indictments and criminal confessions against Senator Dino Melaye by the principal suspect KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS”, Nigeria Police Force, wrote a letter dated 2nd of March, 2018 addressed to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria informing and requesting him to release Senator Dino Melaye to report to Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command on the 7th March, 2018 to answer to criminal offences levelled against him, to enable the Police carry out a discreet investigation into the confessions of the principal suspect against Senator Dino Melaye. But Senator Dino Melaye has refused to honour the Police invitation to date. “A case of Criminal Conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms have therefore been filed by the Nigeria Police Force at Federal High Court Lokoja on 16th March, 2018 against the two suspects mentioned above, Senator Dino Melaye and Alh. Mohammed Audu who is also a suspect in the matter and is now on the run.
  4. The Oyo State Police Command on February 8th paraded four suspects, who were nabbed with human parts in the Ayegun area of Ibadan. The suspects include an Islamic cleric, (Alfa) Sulaiman Hamed, 35, Tope Akinyele, 45, who claimed to be the pastor of a church in Ojagbo, in the Oranyan area of Ibadan and two other accomplices, Olapade Saheed, 32, and Olatunji Abiodun, 26. While briefing newsmen at the Command headquarters, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, stated that the Alfa, participated in the Fidau prayers for a dead man but later paid Saheed and Abiodun N2,500, to exhume the corpse because he needed the body parts for making money charm for his clients. Saheed and Abiodun were later caught with the deceased's head and other body parts, leading to the arrest of Hamed and Akinyele. Saheed admitted that the Alfa paid them N1,500 to do the job and that he took them to the grave of the deceased.
  5. Twelve celebrities have been selected to participate in the maiden edition of reality tv show called ‘Celebrity Housemate.’ The reality show which is scheduled to hit the screen between January 12, 2018 and February 11, 2018 will be shot in Amen Estates, Lagos. Celebrities selected to live together under one roof for the four-week show include Ruggedman, Doris Simeon, Muma Gee, Emmanuel Ikubese, Yomi Fashlanso, Funky Mallam, Ada Ameh, Peggy Ovire, Eniola Badmus, Frederick Leonard, Ogenna Ekwubiri and Bolanle Ninolowo. The celebrity contestants are selected across different spheres of the entertainment industry including comedy, acting, and music. They will be placed on series of daily challenges and tasks and the contestants will prove their entrepreneurial acumens through various challenges on the show. Also, other top celebrities and role models in the society will visit the housemates in the course of the show. The winner will get a Seven million naira star prize while other contestants will also get cash prizes. The organizers of the reality show revealed that N2m would be donated to two charity homes by the winner and N1m also goes to selected viewers. The executive producer, Kemi Otegbade, said, “we are using this show to converge the Nigerian cultural values with the ideal lifestyle of celebrities and entertain Nigerians in an educating and exciting way. We have been working on the content format and I can assure Nigerian of engaging and exciting experience on television and online when this show comes on TV and also confirm it will be a yearly feature on television.” The consulting producer of the show, CEO Dope Tv, Sola Fajobi said “I can imagine the challenges when you put twelve established celebrities in one house, we want to see how they will co-habit together, we also want to see how they can help to redirect and influence the lifestyle that we have in Nigeria now where the social media generation tend to not understand what living means.” Fajobi also said the show aimed to promote unity which is why the contestants are selected from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. “We also believe that the fact that we are taking celebrities from the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria means we want to see wan reunite again, how we can remove the ethnicity bias,” he said. “It is a convergence of so many things and we cannot even predict the total outcome of the show but we are quite optimistic that it’s going to be a fantastic experience for TV viewers and Nigerians generally.”
  6. Ahead of the Saturday national convention of the party, the Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was thrown into mourning, on Thursday, as the chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango, was kidnapped with five others along Jere village, Kaduna State. It was gathered that the Sango was kidnapped at about 7:00p.m., on Wednesday, with his son, a chieftain of the party, Chief Emmanuel Mangni, a driver, an Orderly and one other person while travelling to Abuja ahead of the PDP convention. Secretary of the party, Hon. Emmanuel Tuang, disclosed this in an interview at the party secretariat, in Jos, and said the party has no formal communication from the abductors. His words, “We finished a meeting of the State Working Committee of the Party at about 1pm on Wednesday and he left for Abuja in preparation for the PDP convention coming up on Saturday and we spoke with him at about 3 pm. “We could not communicate until I slept at about 8 pm when his lines were switch off. I woke up this morning with a lot of missed calls and when I called his Personal Assistance, he broke the news that Chairman was kidnapped on his way to Abuja. “We have send a team to the State Police headquarters to report the matter. We have no communication with the six occuPants of the vehicle including the abductors and no ransom has been made. “When the Personal Assistance to the Chairman called the mobile phone of the Son who was in the vehicle to find out if they had arrived Abuja, the DPO of Jere Police division picked the call and said the phone was found inside an abandoned jeep parked along the road and they suspected that the occupants have been kidnapped.” State Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans, said Sango had gone to secure an hotel accommodation for delegates ahead of the Saturday PDP convention in Abuja. Former Commissioner of Finance in the state, Davou Mang, and PDP supporters, stormed the PDP Secretariat, in Jos, at about 7:00a.m. on Thiursday, expressing grief over the sad incident. Mang, however, called on the Federal Government to beefed up permanent security post along the route for safety of innocent citizens, particularly during the Saturday PDP convention. Hon. Sango, a former Minister of Youth and Sport, has vowed that PDP would take over governance in Plateau and Nigeria in 2019.
  7. Unidentified gunmen on Saturday killed a prominent cattle dealer in Bayelsa, identified as Alhaji Jubril Abdukareem. He was killed along with three of his workers. The slain cattle dealer was also the leader of the cattle dealers union known as Miyetti Allah in the cattle market in Bayelsa Palm area of Yenagoa , Bayelsa capital. It was gathered that Abdukareem was killed along the Bayelsa Palm Road. A witness who accompanied the corpses to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, said the four victims were killed within the premises of Abdulkareem's private abattoir. "The armed men invaded the place this afternoon and shot him. He is a very friendly person and indeed a household name because he is the largest supplier of cows in Bayelsa. "The gunmen also turned to his boys and killed three of them. It is a sad development," the source said. The source said the motive behind the dastardly act remained unclear and would be uncovered by security agencies during their investigations. Mr Asinim Butswat, Police Spokesman for Bayelsa Command confirmed the incident in a statement. He said investigation into the incident was underway. Butswat said: "On December 2, 2017, at about 1230hrs, three unknown gunmen in a Black Mazda 323 car, Reg No yet unknown, went to Azikoro Road by winners U turn, Yenagoa, where one Alhaji Jibril Abdulkareem, the Chairman Cattle Breeders Association, Bayelsa State Branch, was discussing with three others, shot at them on their heads and drove off to unknown destination. "Policemen were immediately deployed for possible arrest. The scene was visited by the Police. "Three of the victims one Abiso Abba 'm', Yunusa surname unknown and the third name unknown died at the spot, while Alhaji Jibril Abdulkarim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention where he later died. "There's suspicion of internal wrangling and strife within the Association. "Police and other security agencies are working on a promising lead for possible arrest of the suspects. "Corpses of the victims have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa for Autopsy. All units have been alerted and efforts are on going to arrest the fleeing suspects," Butswat said.
  8. All is now set for the second edition of the Lagos Street Carnival scheduled to hold on Sunday 3rd December, 2017, along the entire stretch of the Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja from 12noon. The 12 hours Carnival, consisting of Parade of Colours and Music is packaged by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with HEAT Entertainment outfit, as a private sector initiative is expected to set the tone for the Christmas and New Year Celebrations. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Fola Adeyemi in a statement said the 2017 Lagos Street Party, which has now been re-branded and transformed into Street Carnival, is a private sector initiative with the support of the Lagos State Government packaged to provide fun and Entertainment for the entire family as well as set the stage for the One Lagos Fiesta which is to come up in all the five divisions of the State at a later date in D He said the Carnival will witness a parade of colours by representatives of all the 57 Local Government Councils and Council Development Areas and Organized Private Sector participation from Lagos Island and other parts of the State. The Carnival according to him, will provide fun and entertainment to the family, and would have Kiddies section with variety of over 18 games to take care of their needs, while the adult section will be thrilled with carnival procession and musical performance by "A" list Artistes like Olamide, Terry G, Saheed Osupa, Lil Kesh, 9ice, Humble smith, Salawa Abeni, MC Arole, Malaika, Olu Maintain, YCee, Reminisce, Big Shef, etc.
  9. As part of long-term plans to finance the 2018-2020 budgets, the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu and Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island are to be sold by the Federal Government. Also to be sold are some selected power plants under the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP. The Federal Government is looking at the proposed sale of some of these national assets as means to generate sufficient funds to drive the 2018 to 2020 budgets. Speaking in an interview with journalists after he appeared before the House of Representatives Joint Committees on 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework /Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/FSP, on Monday November 27th in Abuja, the Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze said some government projects and policies in the 2018 budget would be financed from the expected revenue from sales of the key government assets as well as national parks. Akabueze added that some of the non-core assets from the mines and steel sector like houses and estates are also part of items to be sold by government for the purpose of financing the budgets. According to the DG budget office, proceeds from the privatization of the assets would be used to finance the 2018 budget deficit of N2.005 trillion - much of which will be financed through domestic and foreign borrowings. The country, he said, was generating too little revenue, hence it was expedient to borrow. The Director General of Budget Office added that the reverse would be the case, if actually the assets were generating revenues. "We are generating too little revenue, hence we are borrowing. If we generate enough, borrowing ratio will drop," he said. However, chairman of the joint committee, Babaginda Aliu, frowned at the absence of five Federal Government agencies he described as critical to the 2018 budget consideration and passage, which were invited to the session. He noted that notwithstanding the late submission of the MTEF/ Fiscal Strategy Paper, the committee was committed to streamline its activities to pass the document and ensure the budget is passed in record time. The Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Hajia Zaniab Ahmed, representative of the Governor of Central Bank, Adelabu R.A. and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) Dr. Tunde Fowler made presentations during the session. Also present were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance Alhaji Mohammed Isa Dutse, who represented the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Comptroller-General of Customs Col Hameed Ali was represented by Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in charge of T&T, Alu S.R.

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