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Uproar as Reps indict NEMA boss of N33bn diversion
Fri, 09 Nov 2018

The House of Representatives on Thursday indicted the embattled Director – General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, of alleged involvement in fraud amounting to N33 billion, just as it demanded that he be sacked by the Presidency and prosecuted while all former sacked directors of the agency should be reinstated. These resolutions were reached following the adoption by the House of the recommendations of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness which investigated violations of public trust perpetrated at the agency by Mustapha.

The House, while considering the committee’s report, also stated that based on the investigation of the special committee that probed NEMA, it established various financial infractions on the part of Mustapha resulting to the Federal Government losing over N33 billion. The committee headed by Hon. Ali Isah in its findings, revealed that the whooping loss was as a result of embezzlement and outright mismanagement by the actions and inactions of the director general who is the accounting officer and managing director of NEMA. Consequently, the committee recommended that the director general should be relieved of his duties by the President and be handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.

According to the House, much of the funds stolen were from NEMA’s allocation from the Ecological Fund, approvals and releases by the Federal Government on North East intervention as well as cost implication on the 6, 779 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government to IDPs in the North East which was stolen. Other recommendations adopted by the House include the reinstatement and payment of all arrears of entitlements of six suspended directors of the agency. “NEMA, the ministries of agriculture, budget and planning should account for the stolen rice donated by the Chinese but which did not get to the beneficiaries while the ICPC, EFCC and the police should probe further and prosecute where necessary.

“The ICPC, EFCC and police should investigate some officers of NEMA, budget and planning, the agriculture ministries to ascertain if there was multiple payment for demurrage and where there is such occurrence, the affected officers should be prosecuted. “All government officials involved in the approval, processing, release and diversion of N5.8 billion for emergency intervention of food security in the North East, which contravened the provisions of Sectiin 80(2) of the constitution, infraction of due process for procurement and loss of government revenue, flouting of the terms of the Eurobond loan are hereby indicted and the relevant security agencies should take steps to recover the money from them,” the House further resolved.

On the sacked senior staff, the House noted that the action of NEMA management smacks of abuse of power against extant public service rules and a gross violation of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution. The House also warned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing loans to private companies and called for the probe into the N2 billion given to four companies, while the balance of 5, 000 metric tonnes of rice claimed to have been supplied by Olam and Three Brothers Nigeria Limited, at the cost of N1.5 billion should be recovered from the NEMA chief.

But the NEMA DG, Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, has refuted allegations by the House of Representatives that he violated public trust in its handling of rice importation worth N22.5 billion from China. Debunking the allegations of the House in a statement made available last night, the NEMA boss added that the agency was shocked that some of the findings and conclusions presented by the Committee on the issues did not reflect the facts and documents placed before it by NEMA.

On the Port Clearance and Transportation of Emergency Food Assistance by Chinese Government, NEMA posited that the Federal Government received a total of 6,779MT of Rice for IDPs in the North East as donation by the Chinese Government which amounted to 271 containers, which arrived Apapa Ports between June and October 2017.
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Sirika clears air on Nigeria Air suspension, financial expenditure
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Says FG never spent $8.8m on branding No foreign firm paid $600,000 for logo design Better late than never, the Minister of State, Aviation, SenatorThe post Sirika clears air on Nigeria Air suspension, financial expenditure appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Primaries: Reps to probe Electoral Act violation by parties
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
As APC Reps cry of marginalisation The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to investigate violations of the Electoral Act by political parties during theThe post Primaries: Reps to probe Electoral Act violation by parties appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Corruption: PDP urges NIA, DSS, Interpol to track Oshiomhole
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
…Asks Buharis, Presidency to produce APC chairman for prosecution The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and INTERPOL to helpThe post Corruption: PDP urges NIA, DSS, Interpol to track Oshiomhole appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Court restrains IGP from proscribing Benue Livestock Guards
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Austine Ityonyiman yesterday issued an interim order restraining the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the BenueThe post Court restrains IGP from proscribing Benue Livestock Guards appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Gov Wike berates FG for allegedly stopping Prince Charles from visiting South-South
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government for allegedly shielding Prince Charles of Wales fromThe post Gov Wike berates FG for allegedly stopping Prince Charles from visiting South-South appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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BUA Cement completes construction, begins testing facilities at new Obu Cement plant Okpella
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Less than 6 months after commissioning its 1.5million mtpa Kalambaina Cement Plant in Sokoto State, BUA Cement has announced that it has completed construction ofThe post BUA Cement completes construction, begins testing facilities at new Obu Cement plant Okpella appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Gov Emmanuels re-election more important than my ambition- Speaker
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Speaker of Akwa Ibom state House of assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke, has said the aspiration to ensure that Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, is returnedThe post Gov Emmanuels re-election more important than my ambition- Speaker appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Group says Buhari has provided more social intervention for masses than any other administration
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has challenged opposition figures to name any previous Nigerian government that has done more than the President Muhammadu Buhari administrationThe post Group says Buhari has provided more social intervention for masses than any other administration appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Sanwo-Olu assures APC aspirants who lost primary they will be accommodated in his govt
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pleaded with all aspirants on the party platform who participatedThe post Sanwo-Olu assures APC aspirants who lost primary they will be accommodated in his govt appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Delta South 2019: Youth group drums support for Uduaghans Senatorial ambition
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
A youth political group in Delta State, Inspired Youths is drumming support for ex-governor and Delta South senatorial candidate on the platform of the AllThe post Delta South 2019: Youth group drums support for Uduaghans Senatorial ambition appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Court sentences spiritualist to 10 years for possession of counterfeit currency
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday secured the conviction of Abubakar Ishaq (a.k.a Mai-Rakuma) who is a renowned spiritualist in Kano. JusticeThe post Court sentences spiritualist to 10 years for possession of counterfeit currency appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Assets declaration: Court declines to issue bench warrant against Ekweremadu
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, declined to consider the issuance of a bench warrant against the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for failureThe post Assets declaration: Court declines to issue bench warrant against Ekweremadu appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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3 die , 5 missing, 12 rescued in Lagos boat mishap
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Three persons have been confirmed dead as a boat carrying 20 passengers capsized between Liverpool and Coconut Under Bridge in Lagos. Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, theThe post 3 die , 5 missing, 12 rescued in Lagos boat mishap appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Rice farmers faults US report on rice import, says local production hits 9m tonnes
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has faulted a publication claiming that rice importation increased in 2018, when compared to previous years, describing theThe post Rice farmers faults US report on rice import, says local production hits 9m tonnes appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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PDP wins CRiver State Assembly seat ahead of Nov 17 bye -election
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Egbong Stella Nkoro, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has already won the Ikom II State Constituency of Cross River State seat ahead ofThe post PDP wins CRiver State Assembly seat ahead of Nov 17 bye -election appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Fraud: Senior lawyer gets 7 years jail terms
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on Thursday sentenced a senior lawyer, Ahmed Mai-aji, to seven years imprisonment after it found the convict guiltyThe post Fraud: Senior lawyer gets 7 years jail terms appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Man United boss Jose Mourinho explains Juventus gesture: They insulted me for 90 minutes
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Jose Mourinho has revealed his gesture to Juventus fans after Manchester Uniteds 2-1 win in Turin was payback for 90 minutes of insults. Mourinho, whoThe post Man United boss Jose Mourinho explains Juventus gesture: They insulted me for 90 minutes appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Champions League: Allegri names one player that inspired Manchester Uniteds 2-1 win over his team
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri has singled out Manchester United midfielder, Marouane Fellaini for praise after Jose Mourinhos side secured a 2-1 win over the OldThe post Champions League: Allegri names one player that inspired Manchester Uniteds 2-1 win over his team appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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FA appeals against decision to clear Jose Mourinho of foul language charge
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Football Association is appealing against the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end ofThe post FA appeals against decision to clear Jose Mourinho of foul language charge appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Samuel Chukwueze eager to get Super Eagles chance against South Africa
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Newly invited Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze says he is eager to make his Super Eagles debut in the AFCON qualifier against South Africa inThe post Samuel Chukwueze eager to get Super Eagles chance against South Africa appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Falcons skipper Rita Chikwelu expresses confidence ahead of AWCON
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Kristianstad central midfielder Rita Chikwelu says she is confident that she and her Falcons team-mates have what it takes perform at the tournament in Ghana.The post Falcons skipper Rita Chikwelu expresses confidence ahead of AWCON appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in European Super League
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The biggest names in football would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, FIFA President Gianni InfantinoThe post FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in European Super League appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Fast rising Nigerian artiste, Sagiddy, set to hold The Versatile EP Concert
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Gideon Julius Uchendu aka Sagiddy is an Afropop artist music producer and a song writer, who hails from Imo state has been on the sceneThe post Fast rising Nigerian artiste, Sagiddy, set to hold The Versatile EP Concert appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Juliet Ibrahim celebrates 3 million Instagram followers in her underwear
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Having three million Instagram users is no little feat . To celebrate her milestone,Ghanaian actress shared a stunning photo in her underwear She wrote CheersThe post Juliet Ibrahim celebrates 3 million Instagram followers in her underwear appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Bbnaija Khloe rants after being denied US,UK and Canadian visas
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Former Big Brother Naija housemate,Khloe took to Instagram in a lengthy rant after being denied US,UK and Canadian visas. She revealed she was denied USThe post Bbnaija Khloe rants after being denied US,UK and Canadian visas appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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National Minimum Wage And Lalongs Shining Example
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Every leader has his defects. Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state is also not spared the limitations governance imposes on a leader either. Frankly,The post National Minimum Wage And Lalongs Shining Example appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Globally, the spate of development and population growth has no doubt, given room to holistic steps taken by the government of the day to ensureThe post Attitude and Pedestrian Bridges Usage in Nigeria-Attitude and Pedestrian Bridges Usage in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Are The Shiites Above The Law
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
They continue to say that we are armed, this is a blatant lie. If we are armed, Nigerian Army cannot face us. If we haveThe post Are The Shiites Above The Law’ appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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