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Dickson’s Loyalist Arrested, Docked Over N3bn Agric Loan

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, John Idumange, has been arrested by the police on the order of the state government over a scandal bordering on the alleged diversion of N3bn agriculture loan obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Following his arrest by detectives from the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Idumange, a loyalist of former Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson, was hurriedly dragged before a Magistrates’ Court in Yenagoa where he was remanded in prison custody for 30 days.

The former general manager of the state-owned broadcasting corporation, Glory FM, had accused the Douye Diri government of diverting the N3bn agricultural loan to the private pockets of some individuals, particularly ranking officials of the government.

Idumange was reportedly arrested at the gate of a popular radio station in Yenagoa, the state capital, where he was expected to speak on the disbursement formula of the loan and unveil names of beneficiaries, whom he claimed diverted the funds for their personal use.

According to a summary of proceedings by counsel for the suspect, A.S. Arthur, made available to newsmen, Idumange was denied legal representation and was remanded over “charges which are not within the powers of the court being misdemeanour punishable to a term not exceeding two years.”

Parts of the summary of proceedings read: “In the matter of remand proceedings involving Dr John Idumange (suspect) at about 3:20 pm on the 11th day of March 2021, the suspect, Dr. John Idumange’s case was called. The said suspect entered into the dock, the learned magistrate Coram Mirinn-Johnson Tari, Esq. took appearances of counsel from both the prosecution and the defence.

“The prosecution brought to the attention of the learned Magistrate of the application for remand proceedings of the suspect and prayed the court to remand the suspect pursuant to Section 266 (9) of the Administration of Criminal Justice law of Bayelsa State, 2019, the prosecution informed the court that the nature of the charges are as follows: criminal defamation, breach of the peace and seditious publication.

“All charges do not come within the powers of the court to remand being misdemeanours punishable to a term not exceeding two years. Upon the said application, learned counsel for the suspect, A.S. Arthur rose to inform the court that his appearance had been entered and that he was appearing for the suspect.

“The learned Magistrate said what was before him was a remand proceeding and it is a one-way affair for which learned counsel for the suspect does not have a right of audience, stating that the court entered his appearance in error.

“Whereupon learned counsel for the suspect still urged the court that there was nothing in the entire gamut of Section 266 ACJL Bayelsa State prohibiting his right of audience and that fair hearing is a threshold in every proceeding and the said constitutional right ought not to be breached.

“The honourable magistrate still insisted that the learned counsel appearing for the suspect cannot appear and be heard, and still insisted that the appearance was in error.”

The proceedings summary indicated that the counsel for the suspect still went on to inform the magistrate that the matter for which the remand proceedings was being sought were offences that are misdemeanours with punishment not exceeding two years at most.

The suspect’s counsel informed the court that the matter was thus not seised of the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the application.

Arthur said: “Upon the insistence of the court that the suspect is not entitled to representation, this led to a walk out of the defence team having sought and obtained the leave of court to so do.

“Thereupon the learned Magistrate went ahead and ordered the remand of the suspect for 30 days at the first instance.”

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It Is Not A Fact – FG Replies Governor Obaseki On Printing Of N60bn

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The federal government has countered Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State’s claim that it printed N50 to N60 billion for states to share in March 2021.

 

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed denied the claim while answering questions from state house correspondents.

 

Ahmed also defended the government’s borrowings despite the concern expressed by Obaseki by stating that “the country’s debt is still within sustainable limits.”  She said what was distributed at the monthly FAAC meetings were generated revenue from government institutions available to the public at the ministry’s website.

 

The Minister said;

 

“The issue that was raised by the Edo State Governor for me is very, very sad. Because it is not a fact. What we distribute at FAAC is a revenue that is generated and in fact distribution revenue is a public information.

“We publish revenue generated by FIRS, the customs and the NNPC and we distribute at FAAC. So, it is not true to say we printed money to distribute at FAAC, it is not true.

“On the issue of the borrowing, the Nigerian debt is still within sustainable limit. What we need to do as I have said several times is to improve our revenue to enhance our capacity to service not only our debt but to service the needs of running government on day to day basis.

“So, our debt currently at about 23% to GDP is at a very sustainable level. If you look at all the reports that you see from multilateral institutions.”

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Former Military Administrator Of Oyo And Ondo, Ahmed Usman Is Dead

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Ahmed Usman, the former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states is dead.

 

Usman died in the early hours of Wednesday, April 14 in Jos, Plateau State capital. The deceased who retired from the army as a colonel hails from Okura in Kogi state but was the military administrator of Ondo from 1994 to 1996 and Oyo from 1996 to 1998.

 

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello who confirmed his death, said the late military administrator was concerned about the growth and development of the state.

 

A statement released by his spokesperson Muhammed Onogwu, read;

 

“Governor Bello described Col. Usman, who hailed from Okura, Dekina Local Government of the State, as a worthy ambassador of the Confluence State who excelled in his chosen profession and blossomed through the ranks

“He noted that although he majorly served his fatherland outside his state of origin, he was sternly concerned about the growth and development of Kogi State particularly in its political affairs and the quality of leadership hence he indicated interest to govern the state in 2011.”

 

Governor Bello condoled with the family, friends of the late military Administrator and the people of Kogi East, particularly the Dekina local government area.

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6 Nigerian Siblings Who Are All Medics In The US Go Viral On LinkedIn

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6 Nigerian siblings, who all work in the medical profession, have gone viral on LinkedIn.

 

One of the siblings, named Chinyere Okpaleke, a medical doctor who works at Memorial Hermann Medical Group in the United States, took to LinkedIn to show off her siblings.

 

In the photos, all the siblings are seen wearing their blue medic uniforms with white coats. Among the siblings are medical doctors, nurse practitioners and one physician assistant.

 

In the caption, Chinyere wrote that she would choose the 6 Okpaleke children over the Kardashians.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

 

She added that she knows their parents and ancestors will be proud of them.

 

While some reacted to her post by hailing her and her siblings, others pointed out that the comparison was not necessary and all professions, be it a medical profession or entertainment,  are important.

 

Below are some reactions.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

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