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Osinbajo Got Buhari’s Consent to Dismiss Daura, Says Presidency
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo got the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss the former Director-General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, the presidency said wednesday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this while answering questions from journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House, and said the presidency was one, hence a decision of that magnitude would not have been taken without a sense of unanimity between the president and his deputy.

According to him, the acting president is a decent man who is not obsessed with power, pointing out that there was no battle between them and that accounts for the reason the president always transmits power to Osinbajo whenever he’s leaving the country.

Adesina said, “What we will like to say for the umpteenth time is that the presidency is one. Whenever the president is proceeding on vacation he transmits power to the vice president, who then becomes the acting president. On this occasion he also did that.

“So, the acting president has all the powers of a president. Now it’s a matter then of decency and we know that the acting president is a decent man. There is no tussle for power. There is no battle between him and the president.

“When something like what happened yesterday would happen, there would be unanimity. There was no way there wouldn’t be unanimity on that kind of decision. It’s not something that will be discussed with the press but know that there was unanimity in the decision.”

Osinbajo had on Tuesday ordered the immediate dismissal of Daura and consequently directed him to hand over to the most senior officer of the DSS following his unilateral decision to deploy DSS operatives to the National Assembly without authorisation.

Masked DSS operatives armed to the teeth had taken over the two gates of the National Assembly at the dawn of Tuesday, preventing senators and staff of the National Assembly as well as journalists from gaining entry into the premises of the apex legislative institution.

Following Daura’s sack, Matthew Seiyefa, an indigene of Bayelsa State and a former Director of the Institute of Security Studies, Abuja was appointed as the Acting Director-General of the Service.

Until his appointment, Seiyefa was the most senior director in the DSS.

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EFCC Freezes Benue, A’Ibom Govt Accounts
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen three bank accounts belonging to the Benue and Akwa Ibom State governments.

Officials of the two states confirmed this yesterday, declaring the action as part of the political witch-hunt against the states.

While Ortom recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Godswill Akpabio, the political godfather of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, wednesday defected to the APC.

In Benue State, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase, said the commission had linked the governor to an alleged fraud to the tune of N22 billion but Ortom denied the allegation.

The EFCC said between June 30, 2015 and March 2018, the governor ordered the withdrawal of N21.3billion from four government’s accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and the United Bank for Africa.

On paper, about N19 billion out of the money was said to be meant for the payment of six security agencies that had been deployed in the state to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Akase said, “Yes, it is true that accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC. It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Ortom. The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.

“The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC? Why start the investigation now?

He warned that the EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.

“Let the federal government tell us how much it has spent on prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram and how much it spent on the other operations such as Python Dance, Crocodile Smile and Whirl Stroke.”

He added that Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year even as he said legitimate support were giving security agencies to protect the people of the state.

“Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.”

Akase said the state government would welcome the investigation, but added it should start from the presidency and go across the 36 states.

“Benue should not be singled out for victimisation, intimidation and harassment as the federal government with its agencies is currently doing,” he said

In Akwa Ibom State, a source said Governor Emmanuel and state accountant-general of the state were shocked by the development.

It said, “The governor was shocked when he was briefed about the development.

“He has demanded explanation from the EFCC. Our suspicion is that our big friend who just departed is behind the issue but we will fight this injustice.”

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, did not respond to inquiries.

But the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has described the freezing of state governments’ accounts was unconstitutional and wrong.

In a statement yesterday, the Zamfara State governor described such action by anti-corruption agencies as shutting down of government.

Yari said a state like Benue facing insecurity might not be able to live up to expectations.

“The freezing of any account of the state government whether Benue or anywhere is unconstitutional and is not right,” he said.

“That is shutting down government. Government must spend, most especially Benue that is facing insecurity challenges.

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Calls for Probe of N’Assembly Invasion
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The umbrella body of Ndigbo, Ohanaeze, has described the Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by security operatives as equivalent of a coup as the group urged the government to probe the incident.

The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was right in describing the act as a breach of national security but said that all the characters who participated in the act either directly or indirectly should face the law to act as a deterrent to overzealous operatives.

Nwodo charged the acting president to go beyond the sacking of the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) and institute a high powered investigation to fish out all the culprits.

The president general said in a statement he signed and released wednesday that it was not possible for the DSS alone to carry out the siege without the involvement of the police.

He doubted the denial of police on the matter as he urged Osinbajo to critically examine the role of the police and the claim that it did not participate a possible after thought only after the ‘coup’ failed.
The Ohanaeze chieftain said the embarrassment this act brought to the nation is enormous and should not be treated with levity.

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FG Approves $150m Loan for Polio Eradication
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
N348.594bn for Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government yesterday in Abuja approved N348.594 billion for the construction of Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road and another $150 million credit facility to aid federal government’s effort in polio eradication. Briefing journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi []The post FG Approves $150m Loan for Polio Eradication appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Stakeholders Seek Full Deregulation of Downstream Sector
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Ugo Aliogo Stakeholders has advised that there is a need for the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry to be freed from government control and ensure that there is also full deregulation to make it attractive for private investors to build refineries to meet Nigeria’s needs and also of West and Central Africa. []The post Stakeholders Seek Full Deregulation of Downstream Sector appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Police Absolve Dangote Transport Company in Truck Accident
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The Nigeria Police, in a report have absolved the Dangote Transport Company of any fault in a fatal accident involving one of its Howo trucks, which collided with an 18-seater Toyota bus belonging to the Gombe State Transport Company, at Gazok village, Farin-Lamba, Vwang District on Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State, on August []The post Police Absolve Dangote Transport Company in Truck Accident appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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BoI, GEEP to Boost SMEs With ‘Trader Moni’ Initiative
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Sunday Okobi An Executive Director at the Bank of Industry (BoI), Toyin Adeniji wednesday restated the commitment of the bank to see that all willing Nigerians have access to small and medium enterprise (SME) loans irrespective of their status or level of education in the society. Adetunji stated this at the unveiling of ‘Trader Moni’ []The post BoI, GEEP to Boost SMEs With Trader Moni’ Initiative appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Pyrates Condemn Siege to National Assembly
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
The National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, has condemned the recent show of shame by operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), by their barricading of the entrances to the National Assembly thereby forcefully denying members access to both houses to carry out their legitimate legislative businesses. In a press release made available []The post Pyrates Condemn Siege to National Assembly appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Eight Edo APC lawmakers Threaten to Defect
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Adibe Embryonic in Benin City The wind of defection blowing across the country is about to take a swoop on the home state of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole as eight lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly have threatened to defect to the other political parties. It []The post Eight Edo APC lawmakers Threaten to Defect appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Polytechnic Students Protest Non-accreditation of Courses, Extortion in Nasarawa
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia Current and ex-students of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, yesterday protested against the non-accreditation of all courses run by the institution. The students who were in their thousands barricaded Lafia/Akwanga highway, carrying with them placards with different inscriptions that read: ‘No Course Is Accredited’, ‘We Are Tired of Stories’, ‘Our Certificates []The post Polytechnic Students Protest Non-accreditation of Courses, Extortion i
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Access Bank Introduces WhatsApp Banking
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Access Bank Plc said it has deepened its commitment towards providing easy banking experience to customers by leveraging WhatsApp social media platform to bring its Banking Relationship Managers closer to its customers. According to the bank, its customers can now use the bank’s mobile app, Access Mobile, available on IOS and Android platforms, to effortlessly []The post Access Bank Introduces WhatsApp Banking appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Skye Bank’s Merchant Wins Award
Thu, 09 Aug 2018
Skye Bank mCash Merchant, Sulaiman Gidado, has emerged one of the top performing agents in the country. The Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), made this known when it identified Suleiman as one of the top mCash merchants at the mCash relaunch which held in Lagos recently. Part of the renewed efforts to further drive financial []The post Skye Bank’s Merchant Wins Award appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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