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Current Affairs of Nigeria Today in December

Insecurity: Even Buhari not safe in Aso Rock – Nigerian Pastor asks President to resign.

 

Senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has said that even President Muhammadu Buhari is not safe at the Presidential Villa going by the breakdown of security in the country.

He also said that Buhari’s high-handedness has caused a major setback to national advancement.

Giwa, in a statement  on Tuesday said Nigerians had chosen their destiny by allowing president Buhari to rule the country for another four years.

(Current Affairs)

The cleric, however, urged Nigerians to stay strong.

He declared: “It’s unfortunate that we have a president who doesn’t listen to the yearnings of his people.

“President Buhari’s high-handedness has brought setbacks to Nigeria in all ramifications. If they could kill a first-class monarch in Ondo state, who is now safe in this country?

“If the wife of Ondo state Chief of staff could be kidnapped easily, who knows who is next? As of now, God is our security.

“Even Buhari is not safe in Aso rock because the citizens are not happy.”

State governors helpless, frustrated over insecurity – El-Rufai laments.

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in Nigeria.

El-Rufai lamented that state governors are frustrated, helpless and dissatisfied with their roles, amid the challenges of insecurity in the country.

The governor spoke during an interview with Channels Television’s politics Today, on Monday.

El-Rufai also pointed out that the recent End SARS protest has exposed the helplessness of state governors in the face of insecurity.

The governor further lamented that state governors are not in control of security outfits in their domains. (Current Affairs)

According to El-Rufai: “We are all frustrated. I am frustrated in my state, many governors are frustrated in their states; we are called chief security officers only in name, we have no control over cohesive instruments of the state.

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“We are almost helpless. The #EndSARS protest clearly showed the limit to the control of governors over the police and the military.

“Some of us have more influence than others, but to a large extent, you ask the commissioner of police to do something and he has to clear with the Inspector-General of Police; this is the reality.

“We are not in control of the police, I don’t determine who gets posted to my state as CP and if I give him directives, he can decide to flout the directives. So, we are all frustrated.”

Borno massacre: UN makes U-turn on number of farmers killed by Boko Haram –

 

The United Nations has made a U-turn on its earlier claim that 110 farmers were beheaded by Boko Haram members in Zabarmari community, Borno State.

It was  reported on Saturday that 43 farmers were killed in an attack by insurgents on Koshobe rice field.

During a mass burial of the deceased farmers, the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, confirmed to journalists that 43 farmers were killed.

But a UN statement, signed by Eve Sabbagh, UN’s Head of Public Information at the OCHA in Nigeria, quoted Head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon saying that he was “outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. (Current Affairs)

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

The organisation made a U-turn on this in a new statement on Monday, saying that its initial statement was inaccurate.

Ms Sabbagh in the statement asked journalists to disregard the earlier statement.

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“Please note the number of 110 civilians killed on Saturday’s attack is an unconfirmed number and the correct version of the statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is the one published yesterday on Reliefweb and used on OCHA Nigeria’s Twitter account,” the statement said, replacing the “110 deaths” with “unspecified figure”.

Kallon now added that “tens of civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

Nigerian traders in Ghana raise alarm over fresh clampdown on businesses.

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to take urgent action as Ghanaian authorities commenced another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders on Monday.

Dr Ken Ukaoha, the National President of NANTS, who made the call in an interview with NAN in Abuja, condemned the maltreatment of Nigerian traders in Ghana.

Ukaoha explained that the entire process showed Ghana’s decision to undermine trade and economic integration process in ECOWAS.

Recall that 270 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been under lock and key since September 2019.

“As at today, November 30, the Ghanaian Authorities led by Security Agencies have started another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana. (Current Affairs)

“The notice placed above the padlocks on each of the locked shops informs owners to come to their Ministry of Trade and Industry with evidence of payment of one million dollars.

“It’s indeed a complete dent on the face of ECOWAS and a bold question, perhaps asking the Nigerian Government “what would you do”? OR “do your worst,” Ukaoha said.

He added: “It’s indeed senseless that you asked a community to leave your space and while they’re preparing with their government on how to act on your demand, another round of closure is being effected.

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“Ghana would definitely regret these war songs, knowing clearly that the rebound would hit strongly on her people and her economy, especially when Nigerians move out of the country with their business investments.

“Nigeria should, therefore, take immediate actions and urgently present this and the maltreatment of Nigerians in Ghana to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State.”

Presidency gives update on MSMEs Survival Fund.

 

The Presidency has said that small business operators aren’t required to undergo any form of training before accessing the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Fund.

The Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Office of the Vice President, Mr Tola Johnson, made the clarification at the inauguration of the Transport Track of the fund in Abuja on Monday. (Current Affairs)

Johnson said the programme was being run in a direct and transparent manner, adding that the beneficiaries could be reached for confirmation.

He said, “To state very clearly, for the MSMEs Survival Fund, we’re not training anybody; we believe you’re the owners of your businesses; you’ve been running them for years.

“What we’re doing is just to support you; you’re not required to do any training to qualify; what you need to do is to apply; it’s on a first come, first serve.

“There’s no element of audio money in the scheme; the contacts of the beneficiaries are available to be contacted for confirmation.

“The Federal Government has started getting it right with schemes like this; what we need is more schemes that are straight forward. (Current Affairs)

“People are calling that this is replicated in every other government programme; let the money go straight to the users.”

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Police Officer arrested with gang member during robbery operation

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Elekahia Police Division on sunday arrested a police sergeant Ibrahim Odege, and one other person involved in armed robbery at Elekahia Housing Estate.

State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Nmadi Omoni, disclosed this in a press statement. He said the two suspects were robbing people and falsefully taking their valuables from them.

Omoni said that the police early arrival to the scene led to the arrest of the two armed robbers, the police division identified one of the suspect Sergeant Ibrahim Odege attached to the Operations Department of the Rivers Police Command and one Sampson Inomoghe from Nembe in Bayelsa State, but resides at Rumuokwrushi in Obio/Akpor LGA.

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He said that the suspects took responsibilities for most of the robberies carried out in that axis. Omoni added that the state commissioner of police, Joseph G. Mukan, strongly condemned the act and ordered the immediate transfer of of the suspects and exhibits to the state Criminal Investigation Department for Investigation.

He appealed to the residents of the area to remain calm and be vigilant, also to work with the police to keep their area safe.

 

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo State. The incident happened in Arue-Uromi, Esan-North East Local Government Area of the state.

According to Eye witnesses, the six children crushed by the Mercedes  were siblings, four girls and two boys, the driver (a learner) was trying to dodge a pothole and swerved to the spot where the kids were playing football.

This incident provoked the residents of the community,  they immediately blocked the road and set the Mercedes Benz ablaze.

This incident was confirmed by the Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Henry Benamaisia.

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I Didn’t Bribe Malami With $5m -Akpabio

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Senator Godswill Akpabio(Minister of Niger Delta Affairs), has denied the news making the rounds that he offered a bribe of $5 million to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to earn his appointment as a sole administrator for the  Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio said this on Sunday through his media aide Anietie Ekong. he insisted that he would take legal action against frontliners of the news to clear his name and that of AGF.

Ekong said “the attention of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has been drawn to a piece of fake news, which claimed that Senator Akpabio paid $5 million bribe to Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for NDDC.

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“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief-makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.

“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of Akpabio and Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous.

“The fact is that in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the commission’s offices and files.”

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