The Sun News » National http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:55:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.7 NNPC to use drones to end oil thefts within eight months http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nnpc-to-use-drones-to-end-oil-thefts-within-eight-months/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nnpc-to-use-drones-to-end-oil-thefts-within-eight-months/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:30:36 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133608 Nigeria has announced it will deploy drones to curb oil thefts in the country. The announcement was made by Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the newly appointed chief of state-run oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and oil generates about 70% of government revenues. However, frequent thefts and pipeline attacks [...]]]>

Nigeria has announced it will deploy drones to curb oil thefts in the country. The announcement was made by Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the newly appointed chief of state-run oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and oil generates about 70% of government revenues. However, frequent thefts and pipeline attacks affect the country’s oil production. President Muhammadu Buhari, who vowed his administration will end corruption, alleged that around 250,000 barrels of Nigerian crude oil are stolen every day and sold to other countries.

Kachikwu said in a statement: “We are launching an armada of approaches which will include incorporation of drones to check movements of vessels within our territorial waters. We are looking at the current logistical nightmares of changing staffing at the loading bay.”

He added that NNPC will also work closely with the navy to increase patrols. Oil thefts are expected to end within the next eight months, according to the statement.

Kachikwu also said nearly 4,000 attacks on pipelines occurred between June 2014 and June 2015 and 350 people, including NNPC workers and members of the community, had been killed by oil thieves in the past three years.

NNCP has been marred by scandals linked to stolen revenues. In 2013, the head of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was suspended after he claimed $20bn (£13bn) of oil revenue “went missing” from NNPC.

As part of his anti-corruption campaign, Buhari replaced the whole NNPC’s board and banned 113 vessels from lifting crude oil from some 27 Nigerian ports amid suspicions the vessels had been implicated in illicit activities.

In July, US President Barack Obama announced he would give Nigeria the names of alleged oil thieves as part of a joint effort to curb widespread corruption in the country. Following Buhari’s appointment in May, the two countries have improved their relations, which deteriorated during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

(IBTIMES)

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Buhari, Osinbajo congratulate Adesina on investiture http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-osinbajo-congratulate-adesina-on-investiture/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-osinbajo-congratulate-adesina-on-investiture/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:41:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133529 President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo have congratulated Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina,]]>

President Muhammadu Buhari  and the Vice President, Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo have congratulated Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, on his investiture as the new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in Abidjan, yesterday.

Prof Osinbajo, while addressing the audience on behalf of the President, expressed confidence that, “ Dr. Adesina will make a fine president and a successful one.”

He recalled the zeal with which Adesina pursued his assignment as minister of agriculture in Nigeria and commended him for his victory at the bank’s election in a race that was keenly contested.

The vice president  commended the tremendous growth of the AfDB under the immediate past president, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, during which, he said, “the bank tripled its capital base” and mobilised enormous resources.

Also, Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, who headed the bank from 1995 to 2005, congratulated Dr. Adesina on his emergence as the new president of AfDB, saying that, “what Adesina has in his programme, reflects what the bank can do.”

Dr. Ndiaye referred to Dr. Adesina’s speech, emphasising that, “power is important for Africa and will be the blood for our infrastructure development and agriculture development,” adding that, “he also thinks that integration is important and that the bank should be more involved.”

Dr. Ndiaye noted that would happen is a blend of positive change and continuity, with changes in areas, where changes are desirable and continuity where desirable.

He noted with satisfaction that the bank, has grown tremendously from the initial capital base of 250 million dollars in 1964, and has expanded its areas of intervention since then.

Also  speaking at the event,  Mr. Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, expressed delight at the prospects for Nigeria due the emergence of Dr. Adesina as AfDB president. According to the permanent secretary, “this presidency of AfDB offers Nigeria bountiful opportunity to harness our potential.”

He noted that the bank’s focus on power, agriculture and rural development, is good for Nigeria, with the diversifying, away from oil, which Nigeria’s president is pursuing to attain growth for our country.

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Jonathan’s govt most corrupt – Ex-minister http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jonathans-govt-most-corrupt-ex-minister/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/jonathans-govt-most-corrupt-ex-minister/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:38:26 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133525 Former Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Remi Babalola, yesterday described the Jonathan administration as the most corrupt.]]>

• Says bailout to states illegal

By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi

Former Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Remi Babalola, yesterday described the Jonathan administration as the most corrupt.

He also declared that the N338 billion bailout of states by the Federal Government is illegal. He said the payment contravened the Fiscal Responsibility Act (2007).

Babalola stated this yesterday in Abuja during a paper presentation titled, “Achieving the Nigeria of Our Dream: The Responsibility of Professional Accountants”, at the opening of the 45th Annual Accountants Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Babalola served the Jonathan administration, but resigned later.

The former minister said that he left office over alleged mismanagement of resources, just as he advised government to carry out the bailout programme to conform with Section 41 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

“As good a gesture as the bailout is, it may lead to moral hazard as the states continue with financial recklessness leading to financial insolvency. Why are we borrowing to pay salaries in stark violation of Section 41 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act?

“Rescuing the states is a necessary gesture, but how and on what terms is ‘business as usual’? Each state should have been treated as an entity with peculiar conditionalities. A body like ICAN and other professional bodies should have been brought in as independent platform to assess and recommend terms and conditions for each state just like the situation in Greece.”

He recalled drawing the nation’s attention to the parlous state of the Nigerian Natinoal Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) accounts five years ago, adding that many sympathisers feared for his life as it amounted to “stepping on a snake.

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ICAN: Buhari charges accountants on economy http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ican-buhari-charges-accountants-on-economy/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ican-buhari-charges-accountants-on-economy/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:34:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133521 President Muhammadu Buhari has urged accountants in the country to support his administration’s efforts to restore greater probity, prudence, ]]>

… Ambode approves recruitment of 1,300 teachers

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja and Oluwole Farotimi

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged accountants in the country to support his administration’s efforts to restore greater probity, prudence, transparency and respect for financial regulations to the management of national resources.

This is even as the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has defended ‎President  Buhari’s administration in its three months in office, saying he has come up with ‎moral leadership in the last 100 days which is the key ingredient needed to fight corruption in the country.

‎In the same vain,  the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.  ‎

Speaking at an audience with members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) at the Presidential Villa, against the backdrop of its 45th Annual Conference in Abuja, Buhari warned  that with declining prices of oil exports, Nigeria must begin to properly manage its available resources or face developmental stagnation and decline.

“You should help us to go back to the days of real accountability in the management of public funds.

“The annual audits of government MDAs which your members undertake must be taken more seriously. People must be made to properly account for whatever government funds are entrusted to their supervision.

“Let your audit reports on our MDAs be thoroughly, professionally and dispassionately done to ensure greater probity in the management of our national resources and sustainable development,” he said.

‎Speaking with State House correspondents, ICAN’s 51st President, Otunba Olufemi Samuel Deru, ‎who led the delegation to President Buhari’s office, in company with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, ‎said since Buhari mounted the saddle on May 29th, ‎he has shown strong leadership and direction to Nigerians, adding that these were being reflected in the states as well.‎

Ambode noted that everybody is beginning to feel that they must obey the rule of law and that ‎all revenue agencies are now paying to a single account thereby ensuring accountability.‎

“‎What President Muhammadu Buhari has come up with in the last 100 days is about credibility and integrity for those of us who are in public office. Buhari has come up with moral leadership in the last 100 days and that is what is needed to fight corruption in the country.

On his part, Deru said the anti-graft war is in line with ICAN’s professional integrity and accountability. “Government interest is our interest. We are into integrity and accountability. We have like minds. I’m so grateful to the President for giving us time to articulate our papers.

Meanwhile, Ambode has approved the recruitment of 1,300 teachers to improve public primary schools in the state

The recruitment, Daily Sun learnt, was also part of efforts aimed at strengthening the quality of the Universal Basic Education programme in the state.

Executive Secretary of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja who confirmed the governor’s approval yesterday,  said the exercise would address the shortfall in the number of teachers in public primary schools in the state.

Adelaja urged enterprising and young teachers with specialisation in English, Mathematics, Yoruba, Computer, Basic Science, Agricultural Science, Home Economics, Arts & Craft, Special Education and IRK/CRK to apply.

She said applicants, who must not be above 40 years would only be considered for employment upon completion and submission of application forms at www.jobs.lagosstate.gov.ng.

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I’ll fight crime to standstill in Oyo –Oyebade, new CP http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ill-fight-crime-to-standstill-in-oyo-oyebade-new-cp/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ill-fight-crime-to-standstill-in-oyo-oyebade-new-cp/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:32:25 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133519 The new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, yesterday assured residents of the state that he would fight crime and ]]>

From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

The new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, yesterday assured residents of the state that he would fight crime and criminality to a standstill across the 33 local government areas of the state.

He gave the assurance shortly after he took over the mantle of leadership of the state command from Mr. Mohammed Katsina, who has been redeployed to Kano State’

Speaking at the state command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan,

Oyebade reiterated the commitment of the police high command to change the perception of the police from reactive to pro-active, corrupt to incorruptible and lethargic to dynamic institution in line with the vision of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase.

He urged the officers and men of the command to key into the vision or be shown the way out of the force.

According to him: “It will be dangerous for a police officer that is not ready to imbibe the culture of professional best practices, diligence and discipline to remain in the Nigeria Police of today.

My advice to such persons is to kindly tender their resignation before they are fished out and flushed out.

“The new police we are building together under the leadership of IGP is a people’s police, a pro-active police, a community police, an intelligence-led police and dynamic institution that is alive to the task of ensuring public order, prevention of crime and securing lives and property.”

Until his deployment to Oyo State, Oyebade was the CP in charge of Maritime Police Command, Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Sociology and Criminology respectively from the University of Lagos.

Born in 1960, Oyebade was enlisted into the force in 1986 and was the first in his 107 class of cadet course 1/86 at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. He is one of the 14 police officers decorated with the rank of commissioners of police in June, this year.

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Boko Haram: FG orders new Immigration CG to fortify borders http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-fg-orders-new-immigration-cg-to-fortify-borders/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-fg-orders-new-immigration-cg-to-fortify-borders/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:31:05 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133517 The Federal Government has given a marching orders to the new Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Martins ]]>

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The Federal Government has given a marching orders to the new Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Martins Kure Abeshi, to deploy more personnel of the service to all Nigeria land borders to check the influx of illegal immigrants in line with the renewed fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

The Federal Government directive came through the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, while decorating the new NIS Comptroller General in Abuja yesterday charged him to live up to the confidence reposed on him.

“It is pertinent to note that the responsibility of border control and prevention of illegal migrants from coming into Nigeria rest squarely on the NIS. And any failure in that direction will not be tolerated by the government. Urgent attention should be paid to the management of Nigeria’s land, air and water borders. In particular, more personnel should be deployed to effectively man our land border,” he charged.

While insisting that Abeche’s appointment was based purely on merit, Magaji charged him to urgently address various complaints emanating from the issuance of passport to Nigerians.

In his address after his decoration, Abeshi, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his appointment, promised to reposition NIS to be a more effective paramilitary agency in its statutory duties, particularly in the area of hinterland and border security.

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Wike insists Amaechi  left empty  treasury  http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wike-insists-amaechi-left-empty-treasury/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/wike-insists-amaechi-left-empty-treasury/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:29:19 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133515 Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that former governor Rotimi Amaechi left an empty treasury, saying that the former governor left a grounded state with no resources . ]]>

From Chris Anucha, Port Harcourt

Rivers  State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  declared  that  former  governor Rotimi  Amaechi left an empty  treasury, saying  that the  former  governor  left a grounded state with no resources .

Speaking  during  the  Rivers  State  Civil Service Day on Tuesday, Governor  Wike  said   he met a state without  resources, wondering  why the former  governor  would leave debts if the state had resources.

According  to him: “If there was any money  left, why was the former  governor  unable to pay to two months  salaries  of civil  servants,  six months  pension  arrears for retired civil servants  and the state could  not  pay WAEC  fees.”

The governor  said   his administration had been  able to overcome the challenges of  lack of resources occasioned by the failure  of  the  last administration  to respect  the  principles of probity and accountability.

He said  the new Rivers  Vision  of  his administration  was aimed at repositioning  the  civil service  for greater  productivity.

Governor Wike noted that the  State Civil Service  had a critical  role  to  play  in the revival  of  the  state.

He said : “ I wish to reiterate our promise to prioritise the welfare of the state’s civil service. Clearly, we have demonstrated good faith and commitment by clearing the backlog of outstanding arrears of unpaid salaries and pension benefits owed to civil servants by the past administration.

“We have also un-freezed the payment of overheads to the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. Plans for training for enhanced capacity building and effective service delivery are underway. Similarly, the state secretariat complex and the offices will receive the necessary restoration and face-lift to provide for the desired conducive work environment.”

Speaking further, the  governor  urged civil servants  to remain  non partisan and be loyal and committed  to  the  administration.

He assured that his administration  would  favour women in appointments  and delegation  of key responsibilities.

In his remarks,  Head of Service,  Mr. Rufus  Godwins commended the governor for his commitment  to  the  welfare of civil servants, especially the payment  of  two months  salaries  owed by the previous  administration.

Chairman  of  the  State Civil Service Commission,  Mr. Oris Onyiri,  urged the civil servants  to reciprocate the kind gesture of  the  governor by improving  on their performance.  The  Rivers  State  Civil Service  Day  and Awards Celebration was attended  by  the Deputy  Governor,  Dr Ipalibo Harry  Banigo. It had as its  theme: “The role of the  public  service  in women empowerment,  innovation and accessible service  delivery “.

Simeon  Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant  (Media ) to  the  Rivers State Governor.

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Amaechi  left an empty  treasury says Wike

Rivers  State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  declared  that  former  governor Rotimi  Amaechi left an empty  treasury,  saying  that the  former  governor  left a grounded state with no resources .

Speaking  during  the  Rivers  State  Civil Service Day on Tuesday , Governor  Wike  said  that  he met a state without  resources, wondering  why the former  governor  would leave debts if the state had resources.

According  to him: “If there was any money  left, why was the former  governor  unable to pay to two months  salaries  of civil  servants,  six months  pension  arrears for retired civil servants  and the state could  not  pay WAEC  fees “.

The governor  said   his administration  had been  able to overcome  the  challenges of  lack of resources occasioned  by  the failure  of  the  last administration  to respect  the  principles  of  probity  and accountability.

He said  that  the new Rivers  Vision  of  his administration  is aimed at repositioning  the  civil service  for greater  productivity.

Governor  Wike  noted that  the  State Civil Service  has a critical  role  to  play  in the revival  of  the  state.

He said : “ I wish to reiterate our promise to prioritize the welfare of the State’s civil service. Clearly, we have demonstrated good faith and commitment by clearing the backlog of outstanding arrears of unpaid salaries and pension benefits owed to civil servants by the past administration.

“We have also un-freezed the payment of overheads to the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. Plans for training for enhanced capacity building and effective service delivery are underway. Similarly, the State Secretariat complex and the offices will receive the necessary restoration and face-lift to provide for the desired conducive work environment.”

Speaking  further, the  governor  urged civil servants  to remain  non partisan and be loyal and committed  to  the  administration.

He assured that his administration  would  favour women in appointments  and delegation  of key responsibilities.

In his remarks,  Head of Service,  Mr Rufus  Godwins commended the governor for his commitment  to  the  welfare of civil servants, especially the payment  of  two months  salaries  owed by the previous  administration.

Chairman  of  the  State Civil  Service  Commission,  Mr Oris Onyiri  urged the civil servants  to reciprocate the kind gesture  of  the  governor by improving  on their  performance.

The  Rivers  State  Civil Service  Day  and Awards Celebration was attended  by  the Deputy  Governor,  Dr Ipalibo Harry  Banigo. It had as its  theme: “The role of the  public  service  in women empowerment,  innovation and accessible service  delivery “.

Simeon  Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant  (Media ) to  the  Rivers State Governor.

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Boko Haram: Oshiomhole calls for change of tactics http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-oshiomhole-calls-for-change-of-tactics/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-oshiomhole-calls-for-change-of-tactics/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:27:56 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133513 Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called for new tactics from the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgents .]]>

From Tony Osauzo, Benin

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called for new tactics from the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgents .

He made the call yesterday, at the opening ceremony of the 17th Combat Service Support Training Week, held at Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Auchi, Edo State.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, said: “Right now, the Boko Haram sect has taken to unconventional tactics, through the use of suicide bombing to inflict harm, kill innocent and defenceless citizens and instill fear.

“To defeat them, it is imperative that new tactics and strategies must be evolved by the army and other sister security agencies.”

Oshiomhole described as worrisome   “unconventional tactics” of the insurgents, and urged the army to sustain the provision of essential materials and health services to the troops in the various flash points, through the service support corps.

He, however, commended the military for its current success in major parts of the North East and its role in checking various forms of crime in the state.

In his speech, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Burutai, said the army would continue to generate modern strategies to provide support for its troops, especially in the North East, and end Boko Haram’s insurgency by December 2015.

According to him, such tactics would include equipment and technical manpower.

He explained that the army had been faced with the dearth of spare parts and technicians for its newly acquired equipment, which he said were procured through “haphazard means.” However, he assured that efforts were ongoing to address the issue, in line with the Public Procurement Act.

Represented by Maj. Gen. S. Muazu, the Chief of Army Staff said: “I have already set up the Nigerian Army Procurement Committee and the Directorate of Army Procurement in the Army Headquarters.

“Let me assure you that efforts are on to get the requisite spare parts for the newly acquired equipment and also train our personnel on effective equipment maintenance up to Fourth Line Level of repairs.”

The army chief also noted that the theme of the workshop was timely in making one of its major operations, Op LAFIYA DOLE, highly mobile, “while taking the fight to the terrorists in their hideouts.”

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SGF: Onu denies reports of meeting with Buhari http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sgf-onu-denies-reports-of-meeting-with-buhari/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/sgf-onu-denies-reports-of-meeting-with-buhari/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:24:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133506 Former Abia State governor, Dr Ogbonnaya has refuted report quoting him as having said that he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari where the latter informed him that he (Onu) would not be ]]>

By Iheanacho Nwosu

Former Abia State governor, Dr Ogbonnaya has refuted report quoting him as having said that he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari where the latter informed him that he (Onu) would not be appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation .

Onu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement by his former chief of staff ,Sunny Onyeukwu said he never spoke to a journalist either formally or informally on the President’s appointments and accused the authors of the report of  deliberately concocting lies in a bid to taint his integrity .

The statement read: “The attention of His Excellency, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has been drawn to a seeming orchestrated campaign apparently originating from the social media to smear his hard earned reputation.

“On Saturday, August 28, this year, a Facebook broadcast titled “SGF; OGBONNAYA ONU AND VAINGLORIOUS NIGERIANS” allegedly at the instance of one Ajayi Temitope was circulated in the social media without his knowledge and consent.

“In it, Dr. Onu was falsely and perhaps maliciously credited with having told an unnamed friend of Mr. Ajayi Temitope in a 35minute telephone conversation that prior to the announcement of appointments into the offices of Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, among other positions, he (Dr.) Onu was informed by Mr. President of his intended action and why he would not be chosen for appointment as SGF.”

It continued: “The facebook broadcast further falsely credited Dr. Onu with expressing regrets about how his Abuja residence had become “a mecca of sorts” for those seeking patronage from him in anticipation of his appointment as SGF and lamented that soon after the announcement was made without his being appointed to serve in the exalted capacity, his residence became deserted.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it has become important to state in strong terms that Dr. Onu never expressed the views credited to him in the Facebook broadcast as no such conversation ever took place between him and our respected Mr. President. He could not have, therefore, communicated a nonexistent conversation to another person, more so an unnamed individual on telephone. Accordingly, it is false, cheap and utterly in bad faith. Already, Dr. Onu has personally issued a rebuttal on the matter which has been circulated in the social media in a press statement dated August 30, 2015.

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Ugwuanyi distributes houses to civil servants, vehicles to security outfits http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ugwuanyi-distributes-houses-to-civil-servants-vehicles-to-security-outfits/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ugwuanyi-distributes-houses-to-civil-servants-vehicles-to-security-outfits/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:21:52 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133504 Ahead of the celebration of 100 days in office, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday, commissioned the state secretariat of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), supervised]]>

From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu

Ahead of the celebration of 100 days in office, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday, commissioned the state secretariat of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), supervised the allocation of houses to junior workers, tractors to farmers and vehicles to security outfits in the state.

Speaking at Okpara Square, where a lucky dip was done for low cadre civil servants for the houses, allocation of the vehicles to security outfits and tractors to farmers, the governor said that the gesture was in line with the four-point agenda of the state, continuity and consolidation promise of his administration.

He said that he had promised the people of the state equal opportunity, creation of wealth, and enjoyment of good life in a peaceful and secured environment.

He, therefore, said that the ceremony was in fulfillment of some of the promises he made.

“We said from inception that the welfare of workers will always be of concern to this administration. Today, we are handing over the keys of 100 units of one bedroom flat in Elim Estate of which we have paid 30 per cent equity contribution for the beneficiaries,” he said, adding that his administration has also provided ancillary facilities in the new secretariat for the workers.

Ugwuanyi disclosed that the winners of the houses emerged from a lottery process of workers from grade one to 10 from the 17 local government areas in the state.

He also said that the vehicles presented would enhance the efficiency of security agencies in the state as well as the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), who are the beneficiaries.

He also said that the gesture would reinforce the comparatively peaceful environment that was being enjoyed in the state, just as it would encourage investors to come to Enugu.

He commended the security agencies for the wonderful cooperation they have offered to the government and people of the state in the past.

He said that the vehicle to NTA was in line with his promise to help journalists in the state to discharge their duties at ease.

Ugwuanyi also said that the 20 new tractors distributed to farmers were to boost agriculture in the state.

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Shake-up in Air Force http://sunnewsonline.com/new/shake-up-in-air-force/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/shake-up-in-air-force/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:20:12 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133502 A minor shake-up has taken place in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), with the appointments of three Air Officers Commanding (AOCs), to head some of its formations across the country.]]>

From Molly Kilete. Abuja

A minor shake-up has taken place in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), with the appointments of three Air Officers Commanding (AOCs), to head some of its formations across the country.

A statement by the Director of Information and Public Relations Information (DOPRI), of the NAF, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, announced the appointment of four new branch chiefs and two commandants.

Under the new arrangement, Air Vice Marshal RA Ojuawo is now Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command Makurdi, AVM WA Ahmed, Air Officer Commanding Training Command Kaduna, while AVM MAMuhammed, is the new Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Lagos.

Also appointed are Air Vice Marshals AA Iya, Chief of Training and Operations CTOP, AM Mamu, Chief of Administration, IJ Yahaya, Chief of Logistics and Communications and Air Commodore CU Usoh, Chief of Aircraft Engineering.

Others are AVM MC Iloenyosi, Commandant Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Oshodi, and AVM SA Dambo, Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.

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Police arrest man for poisoning chief imam’s daughter http://sunnewsonline.com/new/police-arrest-man-for-poisoning-chief-imams-daughter/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/police-arrest-man-for-poisoning-chief-imams-daughter/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:17:34 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133498 A 30-year- old man in Bauchi State has been arrested by the police for allegedly poisoning and killing an 11- year- old daughter of the Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Bala Baban Inna.]]>

From Paul Orude, Bauchi

A 30-year- old man in Bauchi State has been arrested by the police for allegedly poisoning and killing  an 11- year- old daughter of the Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Bala Baban Inna.

The suspect identified as Jarelu (surname withheld), a resident of Railway road in the Bauchi metropolis, was arrested on Monday by Police detectives.

He was said to have buried the deceased, Hajara Ahmed, in his room after killing her.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the  state, DSP Haruna Mohammed, in a release , stated that forensic experts had visited the scene of the crime, exhumed and taken the corpse to the hospital for postmortem.

Mohammed confirmed that the suspect allegedly poisoned one Hajara, killed and buried her in his room in order to conceal his atrocity.

“The scene of crime was visited by forensic experts attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department and the victim’s body was exhumed, photographed and taken to ATBU Teaching Hospital for postmortem examination,” he said. The Police spokesman stated that the case was still under investigation.

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Boko Haram: Israel steps in http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-israel-steps-in/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/boko-haram-israel-steps-in/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:09:16 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133489 Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday appealed to the Brazilian government to help train Nigerian soldiers in jungle warfare. ]]>

•Pledges to ensure routing of insurgents in line with Buuhari’s deadline 

From Molly Kilete, Fred Itua, Kemi Yesufu, Abuja

Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday appealed to the Brazilian government to help train Nigerian soldiers in jungle warfare.

This is even as the Isreali govenment promise to assist Nigeria end Boko Haram insurgency.

Buratai, who made the appeal when  he hosted the Deputy Chief of Army Staff for International and Special Affairs, Brazilian Army, Major-General Pereira Junior, in his Abuja  office, said the training was necessary to assist Nigeria wipe out insurgency and other security challenges in the country.

The COAS, while commending Brazil for its continuous support to the Nigerian Army, also declared the Army’s readiness to end terrorism soonest.

Responding, Gen. Junior said his team was in Nigeria  because of her strategic importance in West Africa and promised his government’s readiness to train Nigerian soldiers at the shortest notice.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to rout Boko Haram insurgents before the end of the year has received a boost, when Israel promised to assist the government achieve the goal.

Mr. Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, confirmed that the Speaker of Israeli parliament, Knesset, Mr. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, disclosed this during a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart on the sildelines of the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in New York, United States.

Dogara had solicited for Israel’s support to help end Boko Haram and other security challenges, besides pleading with Israel on investments in agriculture, solid minerals, energy and tourism.

Dogara also called for the establishment of Nigeria-Israel parliamentary friendship group to help deepen bilateral relations between both countries.

Responding, Mr. Edelstein said Israel will continue to support Nigeria’s war against terrorism, as according to him, there must be global action against insurgency.

Mr. Edelstein said terrorism is a threat to all nations and as such, the world must unite to fight. He said: “We must unite to fight terrorism and not to group them into their terrorist and our terrorists. Israel is committed to fight terrorism because terrorists use divisions between nations and even democratic countries.”

Dogara had told Mr. Edelstein that  the international community must  find a global solution to terrorism as no nation is insulated from its scourge. He said Nigeria`s NorthEast where he comes from, has been under Boko Haram occupation and the scale of devastation was unimaginable.

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Army recaptures Gamboru from Boko Haram http://sunnewsonline.com/new/army-recaptures-gamboru-from-boko-haram/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/army-recaptures-gamboru-from-boko-haram/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:06:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133487 The Nigerian Army has confirmed the recapture of Gamboru Ngala, Borno, by troops of the Army 7 Division involved in the operation to stamp out terrorism in the North-East.]]>

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the recapture of Gamboru Ngala, Borno, by troops of the Army 7 Division involved in the operation to stamp out terrorism in the North-East.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.

The statement said the troops achieved the feat on Tuesday and had since commenced clearing and mopping up patrol following the recapture of the town previously held by the insurgents.

‘’The Nigerian Army has retaken the economic and strategic town of Gamboru Ngala, Borno, from the Boko Haram terrorists group today.

‘’The triumphant troops are now busy with clearing and mopping up patrols,” the statement said.

Usman said details of the feat would soon be made public as troops involved in the operations were in high spirit.

It would be recalled that troops of Army 7 Division strike group had on August 23 advanced to recapture the town, having liberated Dikwa town from the insurgents.

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Lawyer sues Buhari  over appointments http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lawyer-sues-buhari-over-appointments/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/lawyer-sues-buhari-over-appointments/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:03:54 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133485 The uproar over alleged lopsidedness in the appointments into key positions by President Muhammadu Buhari has metamorphosed into a legal action by an Abuja based legal practitioner, Marcel Dim-Udebuani.]]>

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The uproar over alleged lopsidedness in the appointments  into key positions by President Muhammadu Buhari has metamorphosed into a legal action by an Abuja based legal practitioner, Marcel Dim-Udebuani.

In the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiff prayed the court for “an order compelling  President Buhari (1st defendant) to reverse the appointments so far made to observe and comply with the principle of Federal Character as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC) was also joined in the suit as 2nd defendant.

In his originating summons, the plaintiff asked the court to determine whether the total of the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant (Buhari) is not against the spirit of Section 14 (3) of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also asked the court to decide whether the exclusion of South-East geo-political zone in the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant is unconstitutional and divisive.

He also sought an order of the court invalidating all the appointments so far made, saying they violated the principle of Federal Character enshrined in the constitution.

No date has, however, been fixed for hearing of the suit.

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Billionaire Deinde Fernandez dies at 79 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/billionaire-deinde-fernandez-dies-at-79/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/billionaire-deinde-fernandez-dies-at-79/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:58:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133480 Nigeria’s billionaire, Antonio Deinde Fernandez, is dead. He was 79 years old. Ovation Publisher, Dele Momodu, announced the death of Fernandez in a personal tweet yesterday evening.]]>

By Akeeb Alarape

Nigeria’s billionaire, Antonio Deinde Fernandez, is dead. He was 79 years old. Ovation Publisher, Dele Momodu, announced the death of Fernandez in a personal tweet yesterday evening.

Momodu said of the late Fernandez: “Nigeria, and indeed Africa, has just lost one of its greatest sons. Ambassador Chief Antonio Dehinde Fernandez is gone!”

His profile on Wikipedia states that the multinational businessman was born in Lagos into the Fernandez family that originated from Brazil and the first European migrant to Lagos State. A former diplomat, the late billionaire had several links with several countries and at a time, served as advisor to the Angolan Government on Economic Matters.

He held this position for two years until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations in 1984. He ran an oil company called Petro Inett, which obtained 50 percent share with South African-based Energy Africa Limited in a deal with the state oil company for exploration rights in 1996.

In 1992, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Matters, a position he held for three years.

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Buhari never promised 100 days specifics –Presidency http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-never-promised-100-days-specifics-presidency/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-never-promised-100-days-specifics-presidency/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:49:44 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133478 The Presidency insisted on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office.]]>

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency insisted on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office.

Disowning documents posted online with such titles as One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days and My Covenant With Nigerians, the Presidency insisted those did not emanate from the authentic channel of the campaign’s media department.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant  on Media and Publicity,  Garba Shehu, urged Nigerians to ignore claims from certain quarters that the president specifically made promises of achievements within his 100 days in office, adding that he never authorised or signed any document in that regard in his capacity as the director of media and communications of the Buhari campaign organisation.

Garba said rather, what should be expected from the Presidency are the milestones reached within the period under review, rather than achievements.

“We prefer to talk about milestones instead of achievements. Whether the milestones represent achievements or not, that is left for the people to decide. Milestones have been achieved,  which is important for the country.”

Recalling what Buhari said during his lecture at Chatham House in London, he insisted: “The president never promised anything to anyone. It is on record in that lecture at Chatham House in London, they asked him a question relating to expectations and what he specifically would do in relation to certain documents that were flying around committing him to this thing or that thing within 100 days.

“In that lecture- the video is already now viral on the web- he (Buhari) said ‘it contained falsehood and I am not going to be engaged in deceit. I will go in there, I will see what is there and get the intelligence – the knowledge of things that are going on- and I will fully commit myself to serving Nigeria.”

On the two documents in which Nigerians are holding Buhari’s government to, Garba said: “My point is that as the director of media and communications of that campaign, I was responsible for internal and external communications and these so-called documents that are being flown around don’t have my signature.

“I didn’t fund them and I didn’t authorise them. From what President Buhari himself had said at Chatham House, he has no iota or knowledge of those documents. So, people cannot hold him to account for something to which he did not commit himself.”

Responding to the question regarding the claim that the APC had posted the documents on its website, the presidential spokesman explained that the party  had many centres of communication, some of which were on the loose.

He said, “APC had a campaign in which there were so many centres of public communication and unfortunately there were some among those centres that were more or less on the loose. Yes, it was possible that things were being done without the knowledge or the usage of the proper channel of communication.

“We prefer to talk about milestones instead of achievements. Whether the milestones represent achievements or not, that is left for the people to decide. Milestones have been reached which is important for the country”.

Shehu further quoted from the transcript of the president’s response to the question posed to him in Chatham House in which he stated categorically that he would remove the idea of 100 days because sit was fraudulent.

He quoted Buhari as saying: “The second one: high expectations and what to do with the first 100 days. Yes, I respect that question because quietly I was thinking about these high expectations. Those who are following the trail of our campaigns can see how people are turning out, some becoming emotional and crying.

“I am really getting scared that if I get there they will expect miracles within the next week or months. That would be very dicey handling that one. I think we have to have a deliberate campaign to temper high expectations with some reasonableness on the part of those who are expecting miracles to happen.

“Just to go first to the ‘first 100 days’, some of it is fraudulent and I don’t want to participate in any fraud in any form. Nigerians know that we are in trouble as a people and as a country. When we get there we will quickly get correct intelligence of what is on the ground and inform Nigerians and just learn what I have just read.

“We will make sure that the misappropriation and misapplication of public resources will not be allowed. You would be surprised by how much savings we will realize. That saving will be ploughed back into development and this is what I can promise. But I would remove that ‘100 days’”.

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Dasuki docked for alleged illegal arms’ possession http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dasuki-docked-for-alleged-illegal-arms-possession/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dasuki-docked-for-alleged-illegal-arms-possession/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:48:15 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133476 The Federal Government yesterday arraigned ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel ]]>

•Ex-NSA gets bail on self-recognisance

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The Federal Government yesterday arraigned ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Mohammadu Dasuki (retd), before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court on one count charge for alleged illegal possession of fire arms.

Dasuki was allegedly having in his possession five Tavor assault riffles, one macro Uzi rifle, 20 magazines, five packets of rifle service kits, five rifles, small magazines with 16 rounds of 8.9mm ammunition, bigger magazine with 23 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a bullet- proof Range Rover, with 23 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a bullet proof Range Rover vehicle with 36 rounds of live ammunition and another Range Rover with one magazine of 16 rounds of ammunition. He was released on bail by the court on self-recognisance after pleading not guilty to the charge.

The Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation [DPPF], Mohammed Diri, who led the prosecutors told Justice Adeniyi Ademola that the offence was punishable under Section 27 (1) (a) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004 and carries a sentence of 14 years upon conviction.

Attached to the charge sheet, dated August 21, 2015, but filed on August 28, was the proof of evidence, case summary, list of witnesses, list of exhibits and affidavit of completion of investigation and statements of the accused and the witnesses.

Diri told the court that the charge was served on Dasuki last Friday.

However, when the charge was read, Dasuki who was in court as early as 8am, wearing light blue Kaftan dress with a brown cap to match, pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) with Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) applied for his bail on self-recognisance because the alleged offence was bailable.

While arguing the bail application which was rooted under Section 158 [1] [2] [3] of the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act [ACJA] and Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, Daudu noted that although the charge look simple, “it is a slippery charge”.

But in urging the court to admit Dasuki to bail on self-recognisance, the lawyer said the accused person is a responsible Nigerian, who had held sensitive positions and would not jump bail.

Besides, he said the alleged offence is bailable and that the accused person has credible sureties willing to take him on bail.

Diri said he had no objection, but would leave the application and its condition to the discretion of the court.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola noted that the offence was listed under bailable offences. He said having listened to the defence counsel, read through the 11 paragraphs affidavit in support of the application and the extant law particularly the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, he was convinced to admit Dasuki to bail on self-recognisance.

He ordered the accused to deposit his ordinary and diplomatic travelling international passports with the court Registrar. Justice Ademola also ordered that if the passports are in possession of any agency, they should be deposited with the Court Registrar.

He adjourned the case to October 26, 27.

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Soldiers seize more towns from Boko Haram http://sunnewsonline.com/new/soldiers-seize-more-town-from-boko-haram/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/soldiers-seize-more-town-from-boko-haram/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:05:19 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133463   The Nigerian Army said it soldiers fighting against insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country have retaken the economic and strategic town of Gomboru Ngala, Borno State. A statement from Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the town was previously occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists group but was liberated today. He said [...]]]>

 

The Nigerian Army said it soldiers fighting against insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country have retaken the economic and strategic town of Gomboru Ngala, Borno State.

A statement from Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the town was previously occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists group but was liberated today. He said that, “the triumphant troops are now busy with clearing and mopping up patrols”.

Details later.

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‎Boko Haram: Israel steps into the fight http://sunnewsonline.com/new/%e2%80%8eboko-haram-israel-steps-into-the-fight/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/%e2%80%8eboko-haram-israel-steps-into-the-fight/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:07:04 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=133450 (ABUJA) President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to rout Boko Haram insurgents before end of the year has received a global boost, as the Israeli government has promised to provide support and assistance in achieving the deadline set by the government. According to the special adviser on media and public affairs to the Speaker of the House [...]]]>

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive to rout Boko Haram insurgents before end of the year has received a global boost, as the Israeli government has promised to provide support and assistance in achieving the deadline set by the government.

According to the special adviser on media and public affairs to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the Speaker of Israali parliament, Knesset Mr. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, disclosed this during a meeting with Yakubu Dogara on the sildelines of the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in New York.

Dogara had solicited for Israal`s support to Nigeria to help end Boko Haram and other security challenges, in addition to attracting investments in agriculture, solid minerals, energy and tourism.

Dogara also called for the establishment of Nigeria-Isreal parliamentary friendship group to help deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Responding, Mr. Edelstein said Israal will continue to support Nigeria`s fight against terrorism a,s according to him, there must be global action against insurgency.

Mr. Edelstein said terrorism is a threat to all nations and as such the world must unite to fight it saying: “we must unite to fight terrorism and not to divide them into ‘their terrorist’ and ‘our terrorists’. Israel is committed to fight againt terrorism because terrorists use divisions between nations and even democratic countries.”

Dogara had told Mr. Edelstein that the international community must find a global solution to terrorism as no nation is insulated from its scourge. He said Nigeria’s Northeast region where he comes from has been under Boko Haram occupation and the scale of devastation was unimaginable.

The Speaker further urged the Israelis to invest in Nigeria’s agricultural sector which has the potential to create wealth and generate employment for millions of jobless youths.

He observed Israelis were able to transform a desert nation into one of the most agriculturally viable nation on earth and that other sectors such as solid minerals, energy and tourism have a lot of potential waiting to be tapped.

The Speaker solicited for technical support from the Israeli parliament to enable Nigeria’s National Assembly establish its own security outfit by equipping the Sergeant-At-Arms.

He said plans are in progress to tranform the Sergeant-At-Arms into a modern and sophisticated security outfit as it is obtainable in other parliaments.

The Speaker also disclosed plans to establish a Nigeria-Israel parliamentary friendship group and said he will be visiting Israel in October to pay a courtesy call on his counterpart there.

(Fred Itua/YemI Yesufu, DAILY SUN)

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