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Kill them all if you want to end banditry– El-rufai to military

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said the only way to end banditry in Nigeria was for the military to kill them all.

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El-Rufai said the military should storm forests where bandits stay and bomb the whole place, thereby eliminating them.

He spoke at a dialogue tagged: “Financing Safe Schools: Creating Safe Learning Communities” in Abuja, yesterday.

El-Rufai also disclosed that all governors of the North have agreed that bandits must be wiped out.

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He said: “Our position as governors and we are unanimous in this because we, the northern states’ governors, met with the president on this subject our unanimous position is to wipe out the bandits.

“We must go into these forests; nobody living in that forest is innocent and just kill them all. It is the only way to end this.”

The Governor also disclosed that the military needed sophisticated weapons to effectively wipe out bandits.

El-Rufai said both land and air powers were needed to confront bandits.

“We need the combination of airpower, and we need troops on the ground augmented by local expertise and knowledge.

“We need just one, two, three months operation to just try to kill all the bandits. It’s the only way to stop this. So long as these bandits are being paid, it’ll remain a business.

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“So the only option that we have is to ensure that we kill them all. What you see is the coordinated action with air power, use of drones,” he added.

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Primate Ayodele raises alarm northerners cabals planning to retain power, destabilize Nigeria

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The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Tuesday, issued warnings concerning the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Primate Ayodele said Northerners are not ready to relinquish power in 2023, adding that they would not allow anyone that isn’t on good terms with them to rule.

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In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele alleged that cabals in the North are planning to destabilize Nigeria because they are determined to hold onto power.

He also berated political parties for not having the best interest of the country in mind.

The clergyman said some of the politicians have declared their intention to become the next president of Nigeria, noting that most of them can’t rule a local government successfully.

He said: “All these political parties are not serious, they just want money, not the interest of the country, they don’t want 2023 to exist. They want to create trouble for 2023 because the Northerners are not ready to leave and anyone who is not in agreement will them will not be allowed to rule.

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‘’The Northern cabals want to install anybody who will dance to their tune and these politicians are not mature enough to rule Nigeria. Why is everyone coming out? Those that can’t even rule local government successfully are coming out, they don’t pity this country, they want to inherit Nigeria forgetting they will die one day.’’

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Presidency gives reason Buhari pardoned Nyame, Dariye

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The pardon granted to former governors of Plateau and Taraba, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame was not politially motivated, presidency has said.

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The two governors were among the 162 inmates who received pardon at last Thursday’s Council of State meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari at the council of state meeting on Thursday, April 14 granted pardons, under the Prerogative of Mercy, to Joshua Dariye of Plateau State and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State both serving various jail terms for misappropriation of funds.

The move attracted harsh criticism from Nigerians nationwide with many saying that the Buhari regime had officially pulled out of the anti-corruption fight.

But in a statement signed late Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency argued that Buhari would have come across as insensitive and cruel was he had ignored compelling cases recommended for pardon.

The statement is titled ‘Dariye, Nyame pardon in line with constitution, will not derail anti-corruption war by President Buhari.’

It read in part, “The Presidency wishes to throw light on the recent note presented to the Council of State, on the report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, as a culmination of a process begun by the convicts and others concerned in line with the Constitution.”

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It explained that section 175 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) enjoins the President to exercise his constitutional powers “to grant any person concerned with or convicted of any offense created by an Act of the National Assembly a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions; to grant respite, either for an indefinite or a specified period of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence; substitute a less severe form of punishment imposed on that person for such an offence or remit the whole or any part of any punishment imposed on the person for such an offence or of penalty or forfeiture otherwise due to the state on account of such an offence.”

Of the 412 inmates interviewed, 162 were recommended to the Council of State by the President in the exercise of his powers, pursuant to Section 175 (2) which requires that he should carry out this function after being “advised by the Council.”

The Presidency argued that “the presentation to the Council of States meeting last week, attended by former Presidents, a former Chief Justice and 36 States and the FCT along the lines of its statutory membership was a culmination of a rigorous process, regulated and guided by the law which was not, in any way designed to achieve a political purpose.

“While it is natural that the cases of the ex-governors-two among many- would excite political analysts, coming at a time when elections are in the air, the President would at the same time have come across as insensitive and cruel to most people were he to have ignored very compelling cases recommended for pardon made to him because someone is a former Governor. Even Governors have the right to be treated fairly under the law.

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“President Buhari assures the nation that nothing done here was intended to achieve a political end or send a revisionist message on the relentless war against corruption which he has ably and evidently led by personal examples.”

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Just like EFCC invited Obi Cubana for spending millions during mother’s burial, APC officials should be invited too for buying N100m nomination form — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri has said that anti-graft agency, EFCC, will be termed biased if they fail to invite any government official who pays the N100 million fee to obtain a presidential nomination form of the APC.

Recall that the APC on Wednesday announced that its presidential nomination form has been pegged at N100 million while that of the governors would go for N50 million.

In a post shared on his Instagram page, Reno opined that the EFCC invited businessman Obi Cubana for questioning after it witnessed how he spent millions for the funeral of his mother. Reno posited that if the agency fails to invite any government official who pays N100 million to obtain the ruling party’s presidential nomination form, then they would be termed biased.

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He wrote: ”Let us look at this matter objectively. The EFCC saw a multi millionaire private businessman called Obi Cubana spending millions during his mother’s burial, and they invited him for questioning.

“If EFCC don’t invite any APC government official that pays the N100 million APC Presidential nomination for questioning, then they are biased.

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“How can a private multi millionaire with known businesses be a suspect in EFCC’s eye, but an APC government official earning N12 million per annum buying a N100 million Presidential nomination form is not a suspect. Please someone explain this logic!”

Reno Omokri

 

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Buhari seeks passage of Money Laundering, Terrorism Prevention Bills

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The Senate has received the Money Laundering Bill and Terrorism Prevention Bill transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration and passage.

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The bills were accompanied by a letter read at plenary on Thursday by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Buhari, in the letter dated April,12, said the request for the passage of both bills was in pursuant to the provisions of Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He explained that the deficiencies in the country’s Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism regime (AML/CFT), makes it imperative for the passage of both bills.

Buhari warned that the non-passage of both bills poses a risk that may lead to the eventual blacklisting of Nigeria by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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Buhari in the letter said: “pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith, the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Bill, 2022 and Terrorism (Prevention) Bill, 2022 for the kind consideration of the Senate.

“During the recent Mutual Evaluation carried out by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GABA) there were observed deficiencies in Nigeria’s Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism regime (AML/CFT).

“Following the evaluation, the Ministry of Justice and other relevant stakeholders reviewed said deficiencies and drafted the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Bill, 2022 and Terrorism (Prevention) Bill, 2022.

“Unless these deficiencies are addressed promptly by the National Assembly, to bring our legal regime in conformity with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations, Nigeria will face the risk of a negative public statement blacklisting the country by FATF.

“This will lead to some negative consequences to our rapidly growing economy.

“In light of the above, Federal Ministry of Justice reviewed the Money

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Laundering (Prohibition) Bill and Terrorism (Prevention) Bill before the National Assembly and have come up with revised versions of the Bills, incorporating the resolutions to the deficiencies pointed out in the Mutual Evaluation Report, thereby bringing Nigeria’s AML/CFT legal regime in conformity with the FATF recommendations.”

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Lalong mourns Statistician General of the Federation, says death huge loss

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has described the death of the Statistician General of the Federation , Dr Simon Harry, as a huge loss to the nation .

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Lalong described Harry’s death as shocking and painful in a statement by his spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham , on Thursday in Jos .

He said the deceased was among those who shaped the National Bureau for Statistics, leading to its reform and transformation before he was appointed to head the organisation in August 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the death of the illustrious son of Plateau and a patriotic Nigerian was a sad development, which has created a vacuum not only to his family, but the state and nation at large.

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“Although his exit is sorrowful, there is solace by the records of service and excellence he left behind.

” These are evident in his diligence, passion and honesty, which paved the way for him to rise through the ranks and become the number one Statistician in Nigeria until his death,” he said .

The governor commiserated with his immediate family, friends and associates, and urged them all to accept his death as the will of God.

He added that they should work hard to uphold his good legacies, and ensure the sustenance of his positive contributions to the society.

While praying for the repose of his soul, Lalong also appreciated President Buhari for trusting the deceased with the responsibility of over seeing the nation’s foremost statistics agency.

The Statistician General of the Federal died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

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FELLOW PRESS reports that Harry was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2021 to replace Yemi Kale as statistician-general of the federation to head the National Bureau of Statistics.

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Senate passes Peace Corps Bill

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SARS: Senate President commends Buhari for acceding to the demand of Nigerians
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2020.

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The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Interior.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South).

Senator Sulieman Sadiq Umar (Kwara North), in a presentation on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, Kashim Shettima, said the panel consolidated the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill and National Unity Corps Bill into one for “ease of advancing its work.”

He said the Nigerian Peace Corps bill seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services, neighbourhood watch and nation-building.

He explained that the Corps would have the responsibility of training the youths to advance the course of peace-building and conflict transformation through peace education, mediation and conflict resolution among warring groups and communities where there are crises in Nigeria.

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According to the lawmaker, “the bill when given legislative support will be of great benefit to the Nigerian youths as many of them will be gainfully employed through the establishment of the Corps.”

In a related development, the Senate on Tuesday also passed the Nigerian Hunters Council Bill.

The bill’s passage was sequel to the consideration of another report by the Committee on Interior.

Senator Sulieman Sadiq Umar, in his presentation, said the Hunters Council when established would, among others, prevent and detect crimes and illegal activities going on in the country’s forests.

He stated that the body would work with the Police and Security Agencies by making available any relevant information on criminals’ encroachment, as well as partner with relevant stakeholders on Community policing.

Meanwhile, the chamber has also passed a bill to establish the Federal College of Education Akon, Kwara.

The bill was passed after the chamber considered a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund.

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Senator Tolulope Odebiyi (Ogun West), in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), said the institution would identify the educational needs of teachers and special persons, both physically and mentally challenged, with a view to finding a lasting solution to deficits in career teachers and special instructors while achieving the National Educational Development Plan.

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