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Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerian Muslims to remain united, steadfast and continue to live peacefully with their neighbours as they mark this year's Eid-el-Maulud.

Speaker Gbajabiamila also called on Nigerian Muslims to continue to pray for the country and her leaders, especially as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

In a message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said the life and times of the Holy Prophet were worthy of emulation, hence the need for Nigerian Muslims to emulate him.

Gbajabiamila said though Nigeria is facing some challenges at the moment, he noted that with prayers and unity of purpose, the country shall overcome them.

He urged all Nigerians to continue to be vigilant wherever they are as that would help in checkmating insecurity.

Speaker Gbajabiamila was optimistic that Nigeria and Nigerians would come out stronger.

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…4 others get killed in IED Explosion.

Troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) deployed alongside Cameroonian Defence Force have exterminated four ISWAP/BHTs at the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Wulgo, on 18 October 2021. 

The vigilant troops successfully foiled an attempted infiltration of the terrorists group into the camp, while on a patrol to dominate their area of responsibility. 

The troops swiftly responded with overwhelming volume of fire and spontaneous reinforcement from the Battalion Headquarters, compelling the terrorists to retreat.

Troops immediately carried out a hot pursuit and exploitation after the encounter, along the terrorists' route of withdrawal and neutralised three BHTs. The gallant troops also recovered three AK 47 rifles, six magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm special.


In another development, four ISWAP/BHTs terrorists have met their waterloo same date,  around 151 Battalion location. 

The terrorists were burnt beyond recognition, as their Gun truck mounted with Anti Aircraft Guns ran over Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device. Own troops are currently conducting further exploitation ahead of the location to clear any surviving terrorist.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has commended the efforts of the troops and charged them to remain aggressive and focused, as they dominate their areas of operational responsibility, in order to ensure complete extermination of the terrorists and restoration of normalcy.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the interim forfeiture of five designer sunglasses, five luxury wristwatches, and an iPhone 8 recovered from Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, when he was arrested on October 19, 2019 at the Nnamdi Asikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Mompha is being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment at a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice A. M Liman on a 14-count charge, bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33 billion.

The EFCC had approached Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos with an ex-parte application seeking for the forfeiture of the items.

The EFCC in an affidavit by Bot Dachung argued that the forfeiture was necessary in order "to prevent the Respondents from tampering and/or dissipating the properties" which were suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Ruling on the motion on October 13, 2021 Justice Allagoa upheld the arguments canvassed by counsel for the EFCC, Chinenye Ugwoke.

The Judge ruled that the order subsists pending the EFCC's investigation of the respondents in the matter.

The designer glasses include, a Dsquared sunglass; Tomford - TF586 sunglass, Cartier - B17C76B sunglass, Montblanc – MB0045S sunglass, and a Louis Vuitton- Z1186E sunglass.

The five luxury watches include, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Audemars Piguet, Audemars Piguet- J46220, XY Hublot - 1321920, and an XY Hublot- 924206.
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Former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu

The cross-examination of the fourth prosecution witness, PW4, Isaac Gado in the ongoing money laundering trial of former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu and two others, Tanko Beji and Umar Nasko before Justice Mikail Aliyu of the Niger State High Court, Minna, on Friday October 15, witnessed an interesting twist, as counsel to Aliyu vehemently objected to the line of questioning of the witness by counsel to Nasko.

The PW4 had testified that the withdrawn cash was to be taken to the third defendant, Umar Nasko. But Mamman Mike Osman, counsel to the third defendant while cross examining the witness on October 15, sought to know from the witness whether the first defendant was the ultimate recipient of the tranches of money delivered to the third defendant, to which the witness responded, “yes.”

Dissatisfied by the line of questioning by his brother defence counsel, counsel to the first defendant, Musa Sulaiman, objected; arguing that the questioning amounts to opinion evidence which is speculative.

But Osman expressed surprise at the objection. According to him, “the prosecution is not objecting, it is unusual for anyone but the prosecution to raise an objection to my mode of cross-examination.”

Osman stated that the purpose of cross-examination is to elicit relevant facts. “It must not necessarily be confined to the fact elicited by the witness. I never sought his opinion but asked whether the first defendant was the ultimate recipient of the tranches he delivered.”

The court however overruled the objection of counsel to the first defendant. According to the court, “the only person that can raise an objection is the prosecution, you have every opportunity to cross-examine the PW4 which you did.”

Justice Mikail adjourned the matter to November 3, 4 and 5, 2021 for ruling on the admissibility of some documents presented by PW5.
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Justice O.A. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo on Monday 18th October 2021 in two separate rulings, sentenced one Okoro Daniel (Alias Michael Kani) and James Nicholas to various jail terms for cybercrime offences.

Okoro who claimed to be a US citizen working with the United Nations as a medical doctor induced Christiana Morgan, Auriel Correl and one Phillip, all Americans, to deliver to him the equivalent of N10m (Ten Million Naira only) with which he acquired a Lexus Jeep RX 350, while Nicholas tricked Leongorman Simone Everett to deliver the sum of N1.5m (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to him on the guise of being an internet hacker. The defendants pleaded guilty to the offences.

Prosecution counsel, E.G Inalegwu and Abel Adaji requested the court to convict and sentence the defendants in line with the plea bargain agreement they had reached with the Commission.

In his ruling, Justice Musa sentenced Okoro to three months in prison with an option of N100,000 fine while Nicholas is to spend two months in prison or a fine of N50,000.

They are to forfeit all proceeds of crime to the Federal Government, including a Lexus Jeep RX 350, iPhone 7, MacBook, phones and laptops.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 18, 2021 arraigned one Alhaji Haruna Husseini before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Wuse, Abuja, on a two count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretense and breach of trust to the tune of Thirty Million Naira (N30, 000,000).

The defendant falsely presented himself as the owner of a property located at Plot No. 167 Katempe District, Abuja, and fraudulently sold the property to one Vincent Mshelia for Thirty Million Naira.

One of the counts read: “That you, Alhaji Haruna Husseini, ‘M’ sometime in September 2013 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, with intend to defraud and under false pretense, that you are the owner of a property located at Plot No. 167 Katampe District, Abuja, fraudulently sold the said property to one Vincent Mshelia and obtained the sum of Thirty Million Naira(N30,000,000.00) from the said Vincent Mshelia and his agents and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”

Count two reads: “That you Alhaji Haruna Husseini ‘M’ sometime in September 2013 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, while being entrusted by one Ibrahim Baba Chaichai with dominion over certain property to wit: Certificate of Occupancy registered as No. 16692 at Page 16692 in Volume 83 of the Register of Land, covering a landed property located at Plot NO. 167 Katampe District, dishonestly used the said Certificate of Occupancy and sold the landed property to one Vincent Mshelia at the cost of Thirty Million Naira(30,000,000.00) and converted the money to your own use; and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 311 and punishable under Section 312 of the Panel Code Law (Cap 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963).”

Upon his “not guilty” plea, counsel to the EFCC, M. I. Buba, asked for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution commence trial in the matter, while the defendant is remanded in the custody of the Correctional Service.

Counsel to the defendant, Nkechukwu Odanwu, informed the court of a pending bail application and urged the court to grant his client bail on health grounds.

Justice Adepoju ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kuje, and adjourned the case till November 2, 2021 for hearing of the bail application.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 18, 2021, re-arraigned two British nationals, James Richard Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), before Justice D.U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja for their alleged complicity in the controversial Process and Industrial Development gas processing contract, leading to the $9.6bn arbitral award to P&ID Limited by a United Kingdom commercial court.

The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) and ICIL Limited, were docked on a 32 count- charge bordering on money laundering.

Count 21 of the charge read: “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December, 2008 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N52,202,392.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: Tax evasion and failure to submit Value Added Tax returns and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15(3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

Another count reads: “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December, 2009 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N26, 366, 748.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: Tax evasion and Failure to submit Value Added Tax returns and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15(3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012)”.

After the charges were read to them, the third defendant (James Richard Nolan) pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges. Adam Quinn, who is at large, was not available to take his plea. But prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho requested that his plea be recorded as “guilty” which the judge granted.

In view of Nolan’s not guilty plea, Iheanacho asked the court for a trial date.

However, defence counsel, Micheal Ajara applied to the court for the defendant to continue enjoying the bail granted to him by Justice Okon Abang, which the prosecuting counsel did not oppose.

Justice Okorowo thereafter adjourned the matter till December 13, 2021for commencement of trial.
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The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Simon Gailo before Justice M.T.M Aliyu of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna for offences bordering on cheating. 

He was alleged to have in December 2015 induced one Dominic Kassem to pay him N500, 000 for a piece of a land situated at Karuga New Extension, Kaduna on the guise that he was representative of the owner, one Alhaji Ubale Ibrahim.

But in 2017, when Kassem went to the site, he discovered that someone else had already erected a structure on the plot. He contacted Ubale Ibrahim who told him that he was not aware of the sale transaction.

The one count amended charge reads: " That you Simon Gailo "m" sometime in December 2015, in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud induced one Dominic Kassem to deliver to you the sum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) for the purchase of a property lying and situate at Karuga New Extension, Kaduna which property you claimed was entrusted to you by the owner and which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of Penal Code Law (Cap. 110), Laws of Kaduna State, 1991 and punishable under Section 322 of the law”.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Precious C. Onyeneho urged the court to enter the terms of the plea bargain agreement as the judgment of the court in convicting and sentencing the defendant.

Justice Aliyu, consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to a term of 3 years imprisonment with an option of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) fine.

The convict has already restituted the sum of N500, 000.00 to the victim.
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The trial of Fred Ajudua for allegedly obtaining money to the tune of $8.4m could not go on Monday, October 18, 2021, as his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, sought an adjournment before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ajah, Lagos.

Ajudua allegedly defrauded a former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4m, while they both were in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos in 2004 for different offences.

Ajudua, alongside his accomplices, had allegedly approached Bamaiyi and convinced him that he could hire the legal services of Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, at the cost of $8.4m to help secure his release.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecution counsel, S.K. Atteh, told the court that the prosecution received a letter from the defence counsel,Ojo, stating that he would not be present in court and also sought an adjournment of the trial.

“In the letter, he also requested three days in December,” Atteh added.

He also told the court that after the case was filed in 2013, it suffered a series of preliminary objections till November 6, 2018 when the trial commenced.

“From the records of the court, it appears the defence counsel has little or no time for this case. The first prosecution witness has been in the witness box since November 6, 2018; and up until now, he hasn’t finished giving his evidence.

“We acknowledge that the defendant has the constitutional right to engage any counsel of his choice, but the counsel also has to have time for the case.

“It is not proper that the defence counsel has to be the one fixing dates for this case”, he further submitted.

Atteh, therefore, asked the court for a date in November.

He also submitted that “the defendant can engage another lawyer, if his lawyer is unavailable so as not to waste the time of the court.”

Justice Oyefeso, in a short ruling, held that “I have noted the concerns of the prosecution, and the SAN must devote time for this criminal charge.

“We must ensure that the case is completed expeditiously and without further excuses.”

The matter was adjourned to November 15 and December 6, 2021 for continuation of trial.
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…urges COAS to review operations in Northwest

The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has reaffirmed his commitment to support the Nigerian Army (NA) to tackle insecurity bedeviling the Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Governor Tambuwal stated that in spite of the state's lean resources, the state government will do all it could to provide requisite support to end banditry in Sokoto and the contiguous states. 

The Governor stated this when the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House on Monday 18 October 2021. 

The COAS was on an operational visit to Headquarters 8 Division to assess troops' operational readiness and provide guidance on strategies to address the security challenges within the Division's Area of Operational responsibility. 

Governor Tambuwal, who noted that the visit was a home coming for the COAS as a worthy son of Sokoto state, urged him to review the ongoing operations with renewed strategies to identify and destroy bandits' enclaves. He stressed that the recent attacks on Goronyon village was quite disheartening and therefore informed the need to review strategies of military operations in the zone to prevent a reccurrence. 

He further called for collective effort among citizens and security agencies to fish out perpetrators of heinous crimes in the society. He cautioned the public not to shield any one supporting banditry, especially their informants and logistics suppliers.

He also called on the Federal Government to inject more personnel and resources to make operations much more easier for the security agencies.

In his remarks, the COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya commended Governor Tambuwal for his continuous support to the NA and urged him not to relent on his effort. He assured, that the NA will not disappoint the government and people, as effort is ongoing to reorganise and rejig the operations in the Northwest. He emphasized that the NA is working assiduously with other security agencies and stakeholders to robustly confront the situation.

While on the visit to Headquarters 8 Division, the COAS received a brief on the security situation of Sokoto and the contiguous states from the General Officer Commanding(GOC), Major General Uwem Bassey. He commended the Officers and soldiers of the Division for their commitment and urged them to redouble their efforts in the fight against banditry. 

He advised the commanders to  always appreciate the contributions of other stakeholders for supporting the NA in the  ongoing joint operations. He assured the troops of his readiness to provide necessary  equipment to conduct their operations.

On troops' welfare, the COAS assured the personnel of constructing additional accommodation blocks for personnel, adding that uniform and military kits will also be provided.

In continuation of the fulfilment of his pledge to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the NA, the COAS presented a Toyota 4x4 Hilux vehicle to the RSM of the Division, Master Warrant Officer Simon Jimba. General Yahaya  reiterated that RSMs are the bedrock of NA regimentation and as such adequate attention needed to be accorded them, so they could effectively groom the young soldiers.

The COAS also visited the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Dr Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, the III. During his remarks at the Sultan's palace, General Yahaya stated he was in the Palace to pay his respect and to seek the Sultan's guidance and support, as custodian of culture and traditions of the people. 

He pointed out, that the role of traditional leaders in the fight against insecurity is key in every society. He added that traditional leaders must therefore find ways of discouraging youths from partaking in criminality in the society. 

Responding, his Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar urged the COAS to mobilize every available resources at his disposal to confront the adversaries of the state. He assured the COAS of his continuous support to enable him succeed in his mandate.

The COAS later visited frontline troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Sabon Birnin and Isa, both in Sokoto state, to assess the security situation, following recent bandits' attack on the communities. 

While addressing  troops at the respective  FOBs, the COAS  commended them for restoring peace in the communities. He urged them to remain alert and vigilant to prevent any surprise attack.  

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Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) press briefing to kick start the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Celebrations, in National Defence College, Abuja

Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) has said that the Armed Forces Remembrance Celebration helps to reassure the families and relations of the fallen combatants that the nation will continue to be with them in paying respect to their departed relations, reaffirming that their death is not in vain.

Gen. Magashi made this disclosure during the press briefing to kick start the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, in National Defence College, Abuja.

He noted that the year 2022 celebration is significant as it will afford Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made in the current war against insurgency by the Service personnel in maintaining national peace and security.

“The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, 2022 is significant at this moment when the military is working relentlessly to motivate its force and enhance the will of our troops to fight and succumb the various security challenges in the country. Currently, members of the Armed Forces are more determined now than ever to confront and end the menace of terrorism in the North East region and other security challenges facing our great country, Nigeria,” he said.

The Minister remarked that the nation remains eternally grateful to the gallant men and women who paid the supreme price for the country’s survival and unity, urging both public and private sectors to support the veterans and the families of the fallen heroes.

Maj General Magashi, informed that activities lined up for the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration that would lead to its climax on Friday, 15th January, 2022 include:

President Muhammadu Buhari’s launch of the Emblem and appeal fund at the Council chamber in the Presidential Villa on 20th October, 2022; The Nigerian Legion Humanitarian Day on Friday, 15th October, 2021 at the Legion House, Area 3, Garki, Abuja; Religious Services on Friday, 7th January, 2022 for the Juma’at prayers at National mosque, followed by an Inter-Denominational Church Service on Sunday, 9th January, 2022 at the National Christian Centre, Abuja

The Minister said that the peak of the celebration will be the laying of wreath by Mr. President and other dignitaries at the National Cenotaph Abuja on Saturday, 15 January, 2022, adding that all events will take place simultaneously in all states of the Federation.

He appealed to every Nigerian and friends of Nigeria to identify with the veterans by purchasing the emblem and adorning it with pride as their contribution in supporting the families of the fallen heroes and surviving veterans.
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President Muhammadu Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari has warmly felicitated with business woman and politician, Chief Bewaji Kuku, on her 75th birthday, October 19, 2021, joining members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in celebrating with the party stalwart, whose contributions to national development remain commendable.

The President noted the efforts and sacrifices of the politician in pushing for more participation of women in politics and governance by actively staying in the frontline, including serving as member of Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC Presidential Council in 2015.

President Buhari congratulated the party chieftain on her courage and foresight in setting up and managing businesses over many years, and supporting government efforts in stimulating the economy by growing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The President prayed for good health and prosperity of Chief Kuku. 

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President Joe Biden (R)

On behalf of all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari has offered deepest condolences to President Joe Biden, the government and the people of the United States, on the passing of the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. 

The President believed that as the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the first African American Secretary of State, Powell was a great statesman and a global icon in every sense of it.  

The Nigerian leader recounts that as U.S Secretary of State, Powell played a very important role in advancing his country’s foreign policy and national defense interests. He was also a great advocate of the eradication of Polio and in addressing the deadly spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. 

President Buhari's prayers and thoughts are with General Powell’s family and the people of the United States as they mourn the death of an exceptional leader and one of America’s greatest pride, who as a professional soldier, a distinguished public servant and an effective diplomat, gave his utmost for his country.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians of all faiths and the followers of Islam all over the world on the occasion of the Maulud-Un-Nabiyy, the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him.

In a message to mark the occasion, Tuesday, 19th October, a public holiday throughout the Federation, President Buhari says, “I am delighted to send greetings of peace, unity and goodwill to the Muslim Ummah, fellow citizens and Muslims all over the world as they observe and celebrate Eid-ul- Maulud."

The President urged Muslims to strive for "forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW) whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day. On this auspicious occasion, I wish you all the blessings of today."

The President used the occasion to give a snapshot of the increased activities the Armed Forces, Police Force, and intelligence agencies have embarked upon to effectively respond to the security challenges in the nation.

He says the government fully expects and intends for these trends to continue, and calls on the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures. Time has come to revise the prefixes “rising insecurity” with “declining insecurity.”

The President adds that increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic, and energized police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality, and economic sabotage. The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the country.

"While there is work to do, the men and women in uniform who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more. The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard," the President adds.

President Buhari concluded his message by appealing to road users to drive with care and avoid needless accidents.

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89 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria;

Kaduna-34
Abia-22
Delta-11
Kano-8
Rivers-8
Bauchi-4
Jigawa-1
Zamfara-1

209,387 confirmed
197,312 discharged
2,838 deaths

Today's report includes 0 cases from Edo, Gombe, and Sokoto States
A breakdown of cases by state via http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria took its turn in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games coming up next year in Birmingham as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who received the Baton on behalf of the President, reminds member-nations of the strong bonds uniting the 72 countries and territories that are members of the international body. 

The Queen’s Baton for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is moving across the 72-member countries and territories of the Commonwealth. Nigeria is its third stop, and first in Africa. From here the Baton goes to Gambia and ends up in Birmingham at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Vice President represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the event held at the Presidential Villa, where the Queen’s Baton, the equivalent of the Olympic Torch was passed on.

According to Prof. Osinbajo,  "as the relay goes from one Commonwealth member-country to another in its journey across several continents, the two billion-strong population of the commonwealth are reminded of the strong bonds of brotherhood and friendship that bind us across these continents, nations, races, tongues, and faiths.” 

The Vice President noted that the Queen's Baton Relay “is a much-loved tradition which precedes every Commonwealth games. A Baton carrying Her Majesty's message of goodwill to the Commonwealth goes on a 90,000-mile, 72-country journey to end at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.” 

The VP commended the relay team for their cheerfulness and dedication to the tour covering thousands of miles, and the organizing committees for the hard work in seamlessly delivering this relay event. 

While also commending "the athletes who will bring excitement and thrill to millions at this festival of sport and culture”, Prof. Osinbajo acknowledged the achievements of Nigerian athletes at the Games since inception. 

"Nigerian athletes will join their brothers and sisters at the Games, as we have done at several of the Games since we first attended in 1950, when Joshua Majekodunmi won our first medal in the high jump event.  

“Since then, our athletes have won no less than 236 medals at the games! We are set to do much better in Birmingham.” 

Dignitaries at the event included the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Catriona Laing; and President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Engr. Habu Gumel, among other top officials. 

From Nigeria, the Queen’s Baton will be going to Gambia on the 20th of October. Previously the Baton had been to Cyprus and Malta before coming to Nigeria. 

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For allegedly breaching federal character principle,  House of Representatives has ordered the suspension of 600 newly recruited staff of Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Services (FCT-IRS).

The order was commincated via a letter by the Chairman, House, Committee on Federal Character, Hon. Abubakar Yahaya Kusada.

With with Ref. No: NASS /HR/9/CT/37/27/17, the letter dated 13th October, 2021 was addressed to the Executive Chairman, FCT Inland Revenue Service Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service pending when investigation into the matter is concluded.

Titled ‘Suspension of recruitment’ the letter read thus: “Sequel to the interactive meeting held with you, Director Human Resources and Head of Legal on Wednesday, 13” October 2021 on the recently conducted recruitment exercise.

“I wish to inform you that the Committee had resolved on a motion that all issues relating to the 600 Staff recently recruited be suspended until violations of the Federal Character principles observed is cleared.

“This is to enable the Committee to establish the extent of your organisation’s level of compliance with the Federal Character principles as enshrined in Chapter II S. 14(3) and Third Schedule Part I C 8 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”

The Committee through another letter referenced NASS/HR/9/CT/37/27/243  addressed to the FCT-IRS Executive Chairman also demanded the list of the 600 Staff recruited according to States and Local Government; list of the 38,000 unsolicited applicants received according to States and Local Government and 700 shortlisted applicants for interview according to States and Local Government.

This is however consequent upon a meeting held with the FCC Director, Human Resources and Head of Legal on Wednesday on 13th October, 2021.

The Committee also resolved to meet with the FCT-IRS Executive Chairman, FCT Permanent Secretary, Director Human Resources and Head of Legal, Commissioner/Committee Chairman, Secretary, Director Monitoring of Federal Character Commission for an interactive meeting on the documents requested and other staff matters, on Tuesday, 26th October, 2021.

Speaking on the matter, Hon Kusada said “All invitees should attend the meeting unfailingly and also note that the team led by the Permanent Secretary and FCT-IRS Chairman will be entertained by the Committee.

“This is to enable the Committee to establish the extent of your Organization’s level of compliance with the Federal Character principles as enshrined in Chapter II S 14(3) and Third Schedule Part IC 8(1) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended Professed.
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A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Wednesday ordered that a trader, Abdulhamid Yakubu, of Bakin Dogo, be given 80 strokes of cane for denying his sixth child’s paternity.

The Judge, Murtala Nasir, affirmed that the child belonged to Yakubu.

Nasir also ordered him to take responsibility and provide for all his children.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Yakubu, had in September, dragged his wife, Maryam Muhammad to the court, alleging that she was an adulterer and he was not the father of his pregnant wife.

NAN also reports that the plaintiff, had earlier been given an option to swear an oath or provide proof regarding the paternity of his affirmation of the pregnancy not being his, but he refused.

The couple had been married for 21 years and the defendant, Muhammad, gave birth to the sixth child, named Abdulaziz, whose paternity.
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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, rejected dialogue with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, warning it not to drag its name into the November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election.

The pro-Biafra group also described as laughable, the statement by the Nigerian Police that it is coming to Anambra State for the November  6, 2021 governorship  election with 33,000 personnel and eight helicopters, saying that the implication of that statement by the Police is that they (Police) do not want the election to hold that day.

IPOB also said that it is an insult for it to dialogue with INEC, when it cannot dialogue with Nigeria as a country and its government, saying that as far as IPOB exists, it does not recognize the existence of INEC.

The separatist group in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, categorically stated that it has no interest in Anambra State governorship election and as such, will not entertain any dialogue being planned by INEC.

IPOB statement read in part: “Following the statement from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it is coming to negotiate or dialogue with IPOB, over the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, we, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again that we have no business with INEC.

“IPOB family worldwide does not know whether or not INEC exists. We have nothing to do with the election INEC is conducting and we wonder why INEC would want to  drag us into the election.

“INEC  should face what is facing it and leave IPOB alone. We did not dialogue with Nigerian government let alone INEC, an agency of the clueless government of Nigeria. It is an insult coming from a body known for fraudulently imposing and installing electoral  criminals on the people.

“We found laughable the declaration by the Nigeria Police that they are coming to Anambra State governorship election on the 6th of November with 33,000 personnel and eight helicopters to kill Igbo citizens on that day.

“This statement from the Police IGP, shows how prepared they are to kill our people and also a clear indication that Nigeria Police and the cabal do not want the election in Anambra State to hold.

“We also want to place on record that the plan by the Nigeria Police to deploy over 33,000 policemen and three helicopters, among others to Anambra State for the November 6 governorship election is another ploy to kill more innocent Biafrans.

“This confirms our fears and earlier intelligence that the   security agents have perfected plans to use the election to force more Biafra youths to their early graves.

“We therefore, wish to advise Biafrans in Anambra State to be very cautious of this wicked plot and  not play into their hands.”
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Abubakar Malami

Nine Major Generals and seven Brigadier Generals ‘arbitrarily’ sacked by the Nigerian Army in 2016 for no justifiable reasons have been technically eased out of the service, despite interventions of Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

According to PRNigeria, the affected generals reached their run out date this year and cannot be reinstated into the military, even after the resolutions of the National Assembly and several court orders which directed their reinstatements that were flagrantly ignored by the Nigerian Army.

The affected military generals were among the 38 Army officers compulsorily retired on June 9, 2016, without any cogent reason.

The after officers ‘technically’ eased out of service while waiting for justice are Major Generals F. O. Alli, E.J. Atewe, I.N. Ijioma, L.C. Ilo, T.C. Ude, L. Wiwa, S.D. Aliyu, M.Y. Ibrahim and O. Ejemai.

The Brigadier Generals are D. M. Onoyeiveta, A.S.O. Mormoni-Bashir, A.S.H Sa’ad, L.M. Bello, K.A. Essien, B. A. Fiboinumama and I. M. Lawson.

Meanwhile, three Brigadier Generals, including D. Abdusalam, A. I. Onibasa and G.O. Agachi, can still be reinstated as they still have active years to serve.

PR Nigeria noted that several attempts by Malami to resolve the impasse between the Army Generals and their military authorities were also futile.

PRNigeria gathered from credible investigation that the Army Council, then presided over by the trio of Mr. Mohammed Mansur Dan-Alli (then Minister for Defence), General AG Olonsakin (then Chief of Defence Staff) and Lt Gen TY Buratai (then Chief of Army Staff) sat and announced the compulsory retirement of the 38 Army officers.

The announcement of the compulsory retirement of the 38 officers was made via the media even before the affected officers were eventually informed by text messages of their retirement, sources revealed to PRNigeria.

While announcing the compulsory retirement to the media, the Nigerian Army claimed that the 38 Army officers that were compulsorily retired had been investigated and found professionally corrupt in defence procurement and/or election-related offences in the 2015 general elections.

But one of the sources, with vast knowledge on the case, according to PR Nigeria, maintained that none of the 38 Army officers that were compulsorily retired was ever investigated or court-martialled before their public compulsory retirement.

The source, a senior serving military personnel, who asked not to be named, said: “None of the affected officers was ever at any time before their public compulsory retirement queried, notified of any culpability, or subjected to any military police investigation and none was ever court-martialled – these are the mandatory disciplinary process in the military as recognized by law!

“The Army records will show that none of the 38 Army Officers that were compulsorily retired was ever charged with any infraction in accordance with expressed procedures in Armed Forces Act CAP A20 The Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

Another source, while confiding in PRNigeria, said after their public retirement, many of the victimized officers wrote to the Army leadership under Lieutenant General Buratai, asking to be furnished with facts that constituted any alleged offence as stated in their respective letters of compulsory retirement, but regrettably, the Army failed to respond to this simple request for over five years now.

“Some of the affected officers also sent letters of redress to both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the victimization of the 38 Army officers. The Nigerian Congress through their respective Public Petition Committees investigated the matter and were shocked that the Army could not provide any allegation of wrongdoing against the officers whose careers were publicly cut short.

“After their respective investigations of the matter, both Houses had admonished the Nigerian Army over arbitrary disengagement of officers without any wrongdoing and due process and warned that such abuse of office would discourage serving officers and soldiers from giving their full commitment to the service of the nation. Both chambers of the National Assembly further recommended the immediate reinstatement of the affected officers.”

“The resolutions were duly forwarded to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chief of Army Staff, but these resolutions of Congress have been completely ignored which indicates a deliberate pattern of abuse against these innocent officers,” the source said.

Checks by PRNigeria indicates that after the refusal of the Nigerian army to reinstate the officers, based on the resolutions of the National Assembly and court orders, Malami, through the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, wrote letters and reminders to the military authorities in October 2019, November 2020 and even in February 2021 seeking clarification “over grave acts of injustice and unlawful compulsory retirement from service senior officers.”

In one of the letters sighted by PRNigeria, Malami reminded the Army Chief that he was yet to receive any response for the initial letter he had sent, so he could advise the President appropriately.