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Gov. Buni approves N422m for pensions, gratuities

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday approved over N422 million for payment of pensions and gratuities of 359 former workers in the 17 local government areas of the state.

According to a statement by the governor’s Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu, the payment was for batch 44.

It said next-of-kin of 89 deceased former employees would be paid over N125 million, while 270 retirees were to receive over N296 million.

“The beneficiaries were carefully screened after submission by the Office of the Auditor General Local Government, to ensure payment of only genuine beneficiaries.

“ The payment of these benefits will no doubt contribute to the well-being of the beneficiaries and their families after retirement from service,” the statement said.

It noted that “Gov. Buni’s administration has maintained a leading position in payment of salary, pension and gratuities.

“ The National Union of Pensioners had recently appreciated the governor with an award in appreciation of his commitment to payment of pension and gratuity.

“ Similarly, independent organisations including ‘Budgit’ and the Centre for Transparency and Integrity Watch Nigeria, acknowledged the prudence and fiscal transparency of the Buni administration.

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Photos from Alao Akala’s candle night

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Hundreds of residents of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, on Wednesday, organized a candle night procession in honour of a former governor of the State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Alao-Akala is an indigene of Ogbomoso, the second largest city in the State. The former police officer died in the early hours of Wednesday, 12th January, 2022.

He was the governor of the State between 2007 and 2011.

To pay their last respect for the former governor, youths, women and men in their hundreds organized a candle night procession in honor of the former governor.

The event attracted friends, family and supporters of the late politician.

The procession, which started around 4.pm, took off from Alao-Akala’s residence.

It moved through Takie, Sabo, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Orita Naira, Oja’gbo, Ijeru, Arowomole, Oja Akande and Seminary.

All the participants wore black attires.

They described the former Governor as someone whose legacies cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage

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District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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AMCON MD, Ahmed Kuru, allegedly in EFCC net

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The Managing Director of Assets Management Company of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, has allegedly been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Sahara Reporters reports that Kuru, who has been accused of assets diversion and selling of seized assets by businessmen accused of loan default with banks, to cronies at below value prices, was invited by the EFCC on Wednesday, January 19.

A source at the EFCC confirmed to the publication that Kuru was invited by the commission after confirmation of him selling assets worth billions of naira belonging to Atlantic.

“Kuru will certainly spend the night with the commission as he is still undergoing interrogation,” the source said.

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