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Coalition Faults Obaseki, Says N60bn Allegation A Falsehood

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Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG) has faulted Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki over his current alleged statement that Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) printed N60 Billion to augment the March 2021 FAAC allocation.

The coalition lamented that a Governor in position of Obaseki should know better how impossible that would be at a time like this.

The Group stated this during a World Press conference on Wednesday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT secretariat.

Addressed by its President, Bassey Etuk Williams, he said the country don’t need the politics of distraction being played with the CBN at a time when the economy is seriously in need to concerted efforts.

“We don’t need such distractions at this time when the country is facing much insecurity and hunger in the country. We need patriotic interventions and we equally expect progressive contributions towards developing and governing the Nigerian polity.

“We have watched with keen interest over time, and we won’t be doing justice to the entire nation if we don’t make an effort to disabuse the minds of our citizens of the falsehood being peddled around by some individuals for political gains and to distract the government. It is unfortunate and we condemn the political dimension the issue is taking.

“The issues raised by Gov. Obaseki and others; alleging that N60 billion was printed by CBN and the Federal Government to augment for the March 2021 FAAC allocation, is orchestrated by enemies of Government just to whittle down the confidence Nigerians have in the government and her effort to invigorate the economy.

“After our due consultations and enquiries, our Group discovered that the allegation was just falsehood capable of distorting progress recorded and as a campaign to smear the effort of a performing Governor of the CBN. Reports made available to us reveal that going by the money FAAC shares, the funds are monies generated and domiciled in the federation account, and are usually shared to the states every month.

“There was no evidence that the March allocation was borrowed which contradicts the claims of those saying March allocation money was printed,

“We condemn the falsehood and the controversy been generated; this is not what we need at a time like now.We salute the courage of the CBN Governor for rising to the occasion and quickly correcting the wrong notion been expressed by nay sayers,” he said

Bassey therefore urged Nigeria to ignore the allegation, saying we hope this matter has been put to rest by that singular sincere and patriotic disposition and effort of the CBN Governor and we implore the state governors to pay back.”

Among other members present at the press briefing include the Group’s Secretary, Abubakar Ibrahim.

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Kogi Miyetti Allah Chairman Damina Regains Freedom

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The Chairman of the Kogi Chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Wakili Damina, who was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday, has been released.

The state Secretary of the association, Mr Adamu Abubakar told newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday that Damina was released in Abuja late night of May 7.

Adamu said from Damina’s account, he was released by men suspected to be from one of the security agencies and not kidnappers as earlier suspected.

He said that Damina arrived at his Chikara home in the Kogi Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Saturday to reunite with his family.

Adamu had announced to newsmen in Lokoja on May 4, that Damina was taken away from his house by eight men dressed in military camouflage.

He said that the men forcefully took him away in a white bus.

He also said that all efforts to get across to him proved abortive as his telephone lines were switched off.

However, the secretary, said that the national body of the association had taken the matter up to ascertain why Damina whisked away in such a manner.

He also said that the group had instructed a lawyer to take the matter up.

Adamu then expressed the gratitude of the association to the state government, police, media and members of the public for their support and concern during the period.

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Nigerian Soldier Warns Orlu Residents To Relocate As He Leaks Shoot-At-Sight Order

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According to a report by SaharaReporters, a yet-to-be-identified Nigerian Army soldier has warned residents of Orlu town in Imo State to either relocate or be vigilant as some personnel had allegedly been given a shoot-at-sight order in the ongoing battle with the Eastern Security Network operatives.

The soldier, who spoke pidgin English in audio obtained by SaharaReporters, added that he would not carry out the plan, and therefore, he had been allegedly marked by the army commander to be arrested and possibly killed.

Orlu has been a battleground of recent between the army and ESN operatives, with the military saying on Friday that it killed 11 ESN and IPOB operatives in a gun duel.

The soldier, who is attached to the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Anambra State, warned residents of the town to relocate based on their commander’s alleged order.

In the audio obtained by SaharaReporters, the soldier said, “They first carried us (deployed us) to Maiduguri (Borno State). Then, 25 of us came back hoping that the matter was ended.

Then they carried us to 302 Artillery, Onitsha. All of us were inside the barracks in Onitsha till 12pm this afternoon.

“When the fight ended in Orlu, the commander now said anybody we see, we should fire them.

“I beg you, because of God, if your person is in Orlu, from now till Monday, try to inform them. Tell them to change the location for now. Immediately I left the barracks, the commander said I was going out to expose them and make sure they get me and kill me.

“See the cloth that I am putting on. I didn’t buy these clothes with my money, if you follow this line, I was given this cloth and I have kept my uniform.”

SOURCE: THE DAILY TIMES

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Bandits Exchange Cows For Drugs In Zamfara – Shinkafi

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Bandits in the Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara state are giving out cows for Pentax injections and other hard drugs to enable them to perpetrate evil.

Former National Secretary of APGA Dr Abdullahi Shinkafi stated this while breaking Ramadan fast with Journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State.

He also said a gun runner who sold over 250,000 live ammunition in Zamfara state in the company of some security personnel was also arrested.

He appealed to residents of the state to support Governor Bello Matawalle and security agencies in the fight against banditry.

“Bandits In Shinkafi local government Exchange Cows For Pentax Injection and other Hard Drugs,” he said. “How would a state live in peace with this type of people leaving in the society pretending they are good citizens?

“Some traditional rulers are not helping matters as they contribute to the worsening of the security situation by aiding banditry for the love of material things at the detriment of the masses.”

According to him, a gun runner who uses security operatives as an escort to deliver ammunition to bandits in the bush was also arrested.

He said the suspect has confessed to have sold over two hundred and fifty thousand live ammunition to criminals in Zamfara state alone.

Also, some kidnappers who killed their victim, an indigene of Zamfara State after collecting a ten million naira ransom, were also arrested in Gusau.

Shinkafi applauded the state government and security agencies over the recent arrest of 35 bandit collaborators, including a driver who transports kidnap victims to the bandit’s hideouts.

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