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These are the latest news on nigerian newspaper today Friday, 6th November 2020
1. Senate ‘Bans’ Buhari From Foreign Medical Trips
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government officials should no longer engage in foreign medical trips.

This position was adopted by Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs when the State House permanent secretary, Tijani Umar appeared before it to defend the 2021 budget figures for the State House.

2. Details Of President Buhari’s Meeting With Sultan Of Sokoto, Ooni Of Ife, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with First class traditional rulers from the six geopolitical zone Nigeria at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Buhari during the meeting called on traditional rulers to support his government in addressing the demands of Nigerian youths.

3. Police Ban All Forms Of Protest In Lagos State
The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has banned all forms of protests in Lagos State until further notice.

The Police in a statement on Thursday, 5th November signed by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, State public relations officer on behalf of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police noted that the state can’t accommodate any kind of protest at this time.

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Adejobi added that the Police had received intelligence reports that some persons were planning fresh protests in the state. He, therefore, warned such persons to shelf their plans as the state is still healing from the violence that erupted after the #EndSARS protests.

4. Zamfara APC: Marafa Demands Buni’s Resignation For ‘Misleading’ The Public

Former Zamfara central senator, Kabiru Marafa has demanded the immediate resignation or sack of the Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is as Marafa maintained that contrary to what the committee wants the public to believe, it has not resolved the crisis rocking the Zamfara chapter of the APC.

5. Nigeria Drops In Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index

Nigeria has dropped lower in the latest ranking of countries according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

According to the report, the West African country slipped from its previous 136th position in 2015 (when President Muhammadu Buhari was first inaugurated) to now occupy 146th position out of 180 countries.

6. FG Says No Plan To Increase VAT In 2021

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The federal government of Nigeria has denied nursing plans to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) and other taxes in 2021.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed made this known on Thursday while speaking during the budget defence of her ministry before the Senate Committee on Finance in Abuja.

7. Gov. Ortom Speaks On Alleged Missing Manhood In Benue
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has dismissed the report on the alleged disappearance of manhood in the state through mystical powers.

According to NAN, the alleged claims has led to anger in Guma Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Ortom in his reaction to the development described the claims as “baseless and the handiwork of mischief makers.”

8. Lagos Violence: Gov. El-Rufai Visits Sanwo-Olu
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday visited Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina.

El-Rufai in a post on his Twitter account noted that he’s in the state to commiserate with the government and people on recent events in the State.

He also commended the state Governor for signing an Executive Order to restore lost assets.

9. Obasanjo Exposes How Atiku Failed In Bid To Become President In 2003
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has narrated circumstances surrounding how his former Vice President Atiku Abubakar lost out in his bid to become Nigeria’s president.

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Obasanjo explained that Atiku had a deal to be Alex Ekwueme’s running mate in the 2003 presidential race and then later take over from Ekwueme one year before their first term ends so he can complete the term and run again in 2007.

However, Chief Obasanjo who spoke on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital said the alliance between the two of them collapsed even as Ekwueme failed to win the 2003 presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

10. FG Targets Completion Of Priority Road Projects In 2021 Budget, Says Fashola
The Federal Government, on Thursday, says it targets the completion of some priority road projects especially those within the routes A1-A9 in the 2021 budget.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this during the 2021 budget defence of his ministry before the House Committee on Works, in Abuja, on Thursday.

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Insecurity: Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency

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WORRIED by the worsening security situation in the country, the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on insecurity to effectively curb the ugly development.

The Speaker, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this while reading the resolutions approved after a fourhour executive session held on the floor of the Green Chamber, during which lawmakers condemned attacks on security agents and formations across the country.

To this end, the House resolved to invite the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Mongunu; the service chiefs and other heads of various paramilitary agencies to appear before it and brief the members on the security situation in the country.

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The House also mandated all its security committees to immediately commence comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms in the Armed Services and revert back to the House within four weeks.

Gbajabiamila, who read the resolution, said: “The House reiterates its commitment to the security and corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and would, therefore, accelerate its engagement with stakeholders on a special security summit to be organised by the House of Representatives.

“The House should urgently invite the NSA, service chiefs, and paramilitary chiefs, Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT to brief the House on the security situation in the country.

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“Considering the security situation, the President should immediately declare a state of emergency on insecurity so as to fast track all measures to ensure the restoration of peace in the country.

“Call on the judiciary to accelerate the prosecution of those awaiting trial due to banditry, terrorism and other criminal activities.

“Provide emergency relief to all communities that have been adversely affected by recent attacks across the country.

“The President should as a matter of urgency, ensure financial autonomy to Local Government Councils to guarantee their functionality to serve the local populace.

“The Federal Government should ensure the protection of National Infrastructure assets, particularly the  Shiroro and Kainji Dams in Niger State. 

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“The House mandated all its Security Committees to immediately commence comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms in our Armed Services and revert back to the House within four weeks.

“That the number of personnel in the Police and Military falls far short of the required number to effectively secure the country and calls for immediate recruitment to this effect,” the resolution read.

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Buhari Is Helping Fulanis Take Over, There Is No Govt in Nigeria – Governor Ortom

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of working for Fulanis. He said the country has no government following incessant killings by bandits and Fulani herdsmen in his state.

He lamented that over 70 people have been murdered in two weeks in Makurdi Local Government Area. Ortom spoke to protesters on Tuesday at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Abagena village. Suspected herdsmen, Monday night, killed citizens and wounded many others. “What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country.”

He said Buhari’s body language is what is being played out and that the action and inaction of Mr President “shows that he is only the President of Fulani people”. Ortom decried that attackers regularly send indigenes away from their homes, yet go to kill them where they take refuge.

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Ortom called them “Fulani herdsmen”, stressing that They are not bandits. They are Fulanis. We saw and heard them speak the language.” The Benue helmsman stated that the federal authorities have been dragging foot on the matter.

“If the federal government had taken a proactive step, we will not be where we are. In the last two weeks, over 70 persons have been killed just in Makurdi Local Government Area alone.”

Noting that the situation is not acceptable, Ortom said similar killings were going on in Guma and Gwer-West. Ortom recalled he alerted Nigerians when Fulanis from 14 countries met in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

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He said they declared that except the prohibition of open grazing law was reviewed, “Benue will not know peace.” The governor wondered why the federal government was yet to arrest the leaders of Miyetti Allah that hosted the meeting. “It means we don’t have a government”, he declared.

“Mr President must do the needful and I want to suggest that immediately, let there be a security summit. I am aware that the situation is prevalent in other parts of the country.”
On Monday, the police command in Benue State also confirmed the kidnap of three students of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi.

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Freeze Pantami’s Accounts – Rinu Oduala Urges CBN

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An #EndSARS campaigner, Rinu Oduala, has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the bank accounts of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over his past controversial comments supporting the activities of terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Pantami had since renounced his radical pro-terrorists comments, saying he now knows better but Nigerians have been unsparing and relentless in the call for the resignation or sacking of the minister.

Oduala, who tweeted via @SavvyRinu on Thursday, urged the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to freeze Pantami’s accounts just as the apex bank swiftly froze the accounts of at least 20 #EndSARS promoters last year over terrorism-related allegations.

“Godwin Emefiele, when are you going to freeze the bank accounts of Isa Pantami?”

The PUNCH had reported that the apex bank through an ex parte order froze the accounts of Oduala and 19 other persons who played a role in the October 2020 #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

The CBN had said the accounts were frozen because of the nature of the investigation which was terrorism-related but after about three months, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the apex bank to unfreeze the accounts of the 20 #EndSARS protesters.

Oduala, a leading voice during the #EndSARS protests last year, had pulled out of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate. She had faulted the decision of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel to reopen the toll gate when justice hasn’t been served to the victims of the October 20, 2020 Lekki shootings.

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