Beli Media & Jan Bulo https://belimedia.com.ng/rss/author/Jan-bulo Beli Media & Jan Bulo en Copyright 2024 BeliMedia & All Rights Reserved. BREAKING: Court Sets Aside Law Used In Dethroning Emir Bayero, Others https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-court-sets-aside-law-used-in-dethroning-emir-bayero-others https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-court-sets-aside-law-used-in-dethroning-emir-bayero-others A Federal High Court in Kano has set aside all steps taken by Kano state government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

The Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law after which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf implemented it by dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano.

The governor also reversed the creation of four emirates, Bichi, Rano Karaye and Gaya, and sacked the Emirs appointed by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law was also relied upon to re-appoint the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

But a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the propriety of the law and asked the court, through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), to declare it null and void.

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman set aside the action of Kano government, ordering parties to maintain status quo.

The judge held that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

The judge held that he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

However, the judge transferred the case to Justice Simon Amobeda for continuation in view of his elevation to the Court of Appeal.

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Thu, 20 Jun 2024 16:33:45 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Protesters Demand El&Rufai’s Arrest As Tension Rises In Kaduna https://belimedia.com.ng/tension-rieses-in-kaduna https://belimedia.com.ng/tension-rieses-in-kaduna Dozens of protesters, on Thursday, stormed the Kaduna State Government House to demand the immediate arrest of Nasir El-Rufai.

The protesters, on the platform of the Kaduna Citizens Watch for Good Governance, also demanded thorough investigations into the borrowings and spendings under the El-Rufai administration.

They asked Governor Uba Sani to invite officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other relevant anti-graft agencies to arrest and prosecute El-Rufai over his administration’s indictment to the tune of N423 billion.

The protesters sang solidarity songs just as they displayed placards with various inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions read, ‘We will occupy all MDAs to chase out all indicted persons in the report’. ‘Stop servicing all loans that did not follow due process before they were obtained’.

Addressing journalists, leader of the protesting group, Comrade Victor Duniya said: “We, the Kaduna Citizens Watch for Good Governance appreciate your presence as we express our grievances today.

“Our state has endured financial mismanagement, abuse of power, and a growing debt burden for the past eight years.

“The most troubling finding was the diversion of 10.5 billion naira meant for pastoral nomadism and the construction of the Milk Industry at Damau, Kubau LGA, for the construction of Galaxy Mall, Kaduna.

“Additionally, the report uncovered overpayments to contractors, payments to unregistered companies, and funds disbursed for work not completed, amounting to over 36.3 billion.

“The report also revealed large sums of money withdrawn from the state treasury without proper documentation of its usage.

“Furthermore, an expenditure of over 11 billion on a non-existent MRT transportation scheme was documented with no evidence to support it.”

Recall that on March 30, Governor Sani lamented the huge debt burden of $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities inherited from the previous administration.

The Kaduna State House of Assembly formed an ad-hoc committee to investigate the state’s financial transactions during El-Rufai’s tenure.

The committee recommended a probe of the financial transactions during the previous administration.

The protesters then called on Governor Sani to implement relevant sections of the report that fall under his purview and officially forward the findings of the committee report to relevant anti-corruption agencies to enable them to swing into action and recover the state’s resources at their disposal.

Leader of the group was later received behind closed doors by the Deputy governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abdulkadir Meyere, Deputy Chief of Staff, Umar Hassan Waziri, Private Personal Secretary (PPS), Professor Bello Ayuba and other officials.

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Thu, 20 Jun 2024 15:51:10 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Confusion Hits Nigerians As Governors Reject N60,000 Minimum Wage, Says It Is Too High https://belimedia.com.ng/60,000-new-minimum-wage-too-high-says-governors https://belimedia.com.ng/60,000-new-minimum-wage-too-high-says-governors Governors of the 36 states of the federation have rejected the N60,000 minimum wage earlier proposed by the Federal Government.

The Director Media and Public Affairs of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Hajiya Halimah Salihu Ahmed, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on Monday embarked on indefinite strike action after rejecting the federal government’s N60, 000 offer as minimum wage.

But they later announced that they would relax the strike action for one week to give room for further negotiations with the federal government, which had promised to increase the wage from N60,000.

However, the governors said the N60, 000 wage is not realistic and unsustainable, arguing that if implemented, it would force some states in the country to be borrowing to pay workers’ salaries.

The statement reads in part, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is in agreement that a new minimum wage is due. The Forum also sympathises with labour unions in their push for higher wages.

“However, the Forum urges all parties to consider the fact that the minimum wage negotiations also involve consequential adjustments across all cadres, including pensioners.

“The NGF cautions parties in this important discussion to look beyond just signing a document for the sake of it; any agreement to be signed should be sustainable and realistic.

“All things considered, the NGF holds that the N60,000 minimum wage proposal is not sustainable and can not fly. It will simply mean that many states will spend all their FAAC allocations on just paying salaries with nothing left for development purposes.

“In fact, a few states will end up borrowing to pay workers every month. We do not think this will be in the collective interest of the country, including workers.

“We appeal that all parties involved, especially the labour unions, consider all the socioeconomic variables and settle for an agreement that is sustainable, durable, and fair to all other segments of the society who have legitimate claim to public resources.”

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Fri, 07 Jun 2024 17:17:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Federal Government Denies ‘N105,000’ Minimum Wage Bill Proposal https://belimedia.com.ng/presidency-denies-new-minimum-wage-leaked-reports https://belimedia.com.ng/presidency-denies-new-minimum-wage-leaked-reports The Nigerian presidency has denied reports that the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, proposed a new minimum wage of N105,000 to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The special adviser to the president on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, described the report as false.

“The Honorable Minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Wale Edun has not proposed N105,000 minimum wage. The contrary story being disseminated is false,” he said in a terse statement.

Earlier, there were reports that Edun had submitted a proposal to Tinubu to increase the minimum wage to N105,000 per month.

The development comes after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) called off their strike over the government’s refusal to increase the minimum wage to N494,000.

The strike was suspended after the government agreed to negotiate a new minimum wage within a week.

President Tinubu had mandated Edun to provide a template for the new minimum wage by Wednesday, in fulfilment of the government’s agreement with the labour unions.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2024 18:00:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: New Minimum Wage Revealed As Minister Edun Meets Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/new-minimum-wage-revealed-for-nigerian-workers https://belimedia.com.ng/new-minimum-wage-revealed-for-nigerian-workers Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, has proposed N105,000 as the new minimum wage template presented to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday.

The proposed minimum wage is slated to be paid per month to Nigerian workers.

It is gathered that the Tinubu is currently reviewing the proposal with an official announcement expected soon.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2024 15:54:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Minister of Finance, Edun Submits Minimum Wage Cost Implications To President Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/wale-edun-submits-minimum-wage-report-to-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/wale-edun-submits-minimum-wage-report-to-tinubu The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, has submitted the projected cost implications of implementing a new national minimum wage to President Bola Tinubu.

The move comes two days after Tinubu directed the finance minister to present a proposed new minimum wage figure and analysis of associated costs to him within 48 hours.

According to sources, Edun’s report outlines various potential new minimum wage levels, along with the anticipated fiscal impacts on the federal budget for each option.

Recall that on Monday, Organized Labour commenced a nationwide strike in demand of a higher minimum wage for government workers and a reversal of the recently increased electricity tariffs.

The industrial action was suspended for five days by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership after signing a commitment with the federal government to resume negotiations and agree on a new minimum wage within a week.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2024 13:40:34 +0100 Jan Bulo
₦aira Abuse: EFCC, Cubana Chief Priest Go For Out&Of&Court Settlement https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-to-settle-with-cubana-chief-priest https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-to-settle-with-cubana-chief-priest The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and popular socialite, Cubana Chief Priest, have agreed to settle out of court in a naira abuse case before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The celebrity barman was accused of abusing the naira on February 13, 2024 at Eko Hotel.

The EFFC later arraigned him before Justice Kehinde Ogundare on three counts bordering on abuse of naira, spraying and tampering with the nation’s currency at a social event contrary to the provisions of the Central Bank Act of 2007.

But he was on April 17 granted a N10m bail with two sureties in like sum.

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Thu, 02 May 2024 10:45:58 +0100 Jan Bulo
Your Claim Unfounded, Aimed At Tarnishing My Character – Peter Obi Fires Back At Umahi https://belimedia.com.ng/peter-obi-replies-umahi https://belimedia.com.ng/peter-obi-replies-umahi Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi, has described the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi’s allegation against him as unfounded accusations aimed at tarnishing his character.

Obi said that claims of incitement by Umahi are baseless distractions, adding that he has always advocated for unity and advancement, refusing to partake in reactionary divisive politics.

According to him, he will continue to insist that the national resources be applied with maximum frugality.

The former Anambra State governor’s statement came as a response to Umahi’s claim that he (Obi) was inciting Igbos against the federal government.

Umahi made the statement on Wednesday while speaking during a compensation for property owners affected by the Lagos-Calabar coastal road prospect.

“When you condemn people, you bring judgement upon yourself. And that what he (Obi) has done. And I think he’s inciting some of the south east people that are not well informed. He is inciting them. And gets them into trouble. And he doesn’t go to fight for them. Wisdom is a defence. And I want our people to have wisdom because I am involved,” the minister said.

However, in a post on his X handle on Thursday, Obi said his focus is on fostering constructive dialogue and inclusivity, rather than engaging in divisive politics.

“Regarding allegations of incitement against the government, I firmly reject these unfounded accusations aimed at tarnishing my character.

“My focus is on fostering constructive dialogue and inclusivity, rather than engaging in divisive politics. Claims of incitement are baseless distractions. I have always advocated for unity and advancement, refusing to partake in reactionary divisive politics.

“I refuse to be reduced to the level of those who wallow in ethnic politics. Worse still, I have never and can never descend so low as to base my political aspirations on any sectional or ethnic interest.”

“My commitment to serving with integrity remains steadfast, and I encourage all Nigerians to unite for a prosperous future. In conclusion, I stand by my record as governor and reject any attempts to distort the narrative for political gain.“

“My commitment remains unwavering: to advocate for the rights and well-being of all Nigerians, ensuring that development initiatives prioritize the needs of the people. Most importantly, I will continue to insist that our national resources be applied with maximum frugality.”

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Thu, 02 May 2024 09:57:51 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu Pledges To Consider National Living Wage Over Minimum Wage https://belimedia.com.ng/tinibu-to-consider-national-living-wage https://belimedia.com.ng/tinibu-to-consider-national-living-wage President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured the Organised Labour that their understanding, patience, commitment and support in the course of implementing his administration's policies and programmes are not taken for granted.

He applauded the Nigerian workers for their contributions to ongoing efforts by the government to save the nation's economy, describing them as "an indispensable component of the nation’s engine," in the bid to build a just and progressive society.

The President who gave the assurance on Wednesday during a colourful ceremony to mark the 2024 May Day celebration at the Eagle Square, Abuja, said it is a fundamental truth that the workers are Nigeria's backbone, even as he acknowledged and appreciated their hard work, sacrifices, and contributions to the nation's stability and prosperity.

Speaking through Vice President Kashim Shettima who represented him at the event, President Tinubu commended the choice of the theme for this year’s May Day celebration, "People First," saying it did not only resonate with his administration’s agenda, but also demonstrates that "the working class holds a central position in the affairs of this nation."

Delivering the President's address titled, "Solidarity in Action: Collaborative Governance, Empowered Workers", VP Shettima stated: "Great Nigerian workers, your role as an indispensable component of the nation’s engine cannot be overstated by any government if the quest for a just and progressive society is to be realised. Therefore, I extend my most heartfelt congratulations to you on this very important celebration.

"I do not take for granted the understanding, patience, commitment, and support you have shown throughout the implementation of this government’s policies and programmes aimed at positively transforming our great nation. Your contributions have played a significant role in our efforts to rescue the economy since we came on board".

The 2024 Workers Day was marked with high hopes, as President Tinubu told the workers that their days of worrying were over, just as he hinted at his administration’s readiness to consider a national living wage that will address their living condition, instead of a minimum wage, if suggested by the 37-member Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage set up on January 30, 2024, by the federal government.

He said, "The committee's mandate was to provide counsel and suggest a national minimum wage that aligns with our current economic conditions. Since then, the committee, in collaboration with labour leaders, has been diligently working towards proposing a new National Minimum Wage.

"Unfortunately, despite concerted efforts, the committee was unable to reach a consensus at its last meeting. This shall be resolved soon and I assure you that your days of worrying are over. Indeed, this government is open to the committee’s suggestion of not just a minimum wage but a living wage."

Noting that he assumed office at a time Nigeria, like many other nations, were grappling with what he described as “daunting socio-political and developmental challenges”, President Tinubu maintained that his government has been "resolute in confronting these obstacles head-on.

"The scourge of criminality, from banditry to kidnapping and the farmer-herder crises, alongside terrorism, continues to afflict our nation despite the tireless efforts of our armed forces. We are aware of the toll this takes on our economy. I assure you: we are fully committed to tackling these security challenges," he added.

The President however observed that it would be impossible to "achieve a just and equitable society that caters to the needs of every member, including the strong and the weak, without fostering peace and unity."

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Wed, 01 May 2024 18:07:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
TUC Gives NERC 7 Days To Reverse Electricity Tariff Hike https://belimedia.com.ng/tuc-gives-nerc-7-days-to-reverse-electricity-tariff-hike https://belimedia.com.ng/tuc-gives-nerc-7-days-to-reverse-electricity-tariff-hike The President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo, on Wednesday, said it was unethical for Nigerians to pay high electricity tariffs.

The TUC also urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to reverse the increase in electricity tariff within one week.

Speaking during the 2024 Workers’ Day in Abuja, Osifo expressed dissatisfaction with the epileptic power situation in the country, which is affecting the country’s economic growth.

He said it’s imperative that any nation incapable of effectively and efficiently managing its energy resources faces certain ruin.

He said, “One of the pivotal factors constraining our nation is our glaring incompetence in managing this sector for the collective welfare of our citizens.

“Power, regardless of its source, remains paramount in kickstarting any economy, while oil and gas are indispensable for robust energy success in every country. “

According to him, the plight of the power sector remains unchanged over a decade after privatisation of the sector.

“The reasons are glaringly evident. As long as those who sold the companies remain the buyers, Nigerians will continue to face formidable challenges in the power sector.

”It is unethical to force Nigerians to pay higher tariffs for non-existent electricity.

“Estimated billing is an extortion and a daylight robbery against Nigerians, ” he said.

Recall that NERC approved an increase in electricity tariff for customers under the Band A classification.

The Vice Chairman, NERC, Musliu Oseni, said the increase will see the customers paying N225 kilowatt per hour from the current N66.

It is well noted that customers under Band A are those enjoying 20 hours of electricity supply daily.

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Wed, 01 May 2024 17:45:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ajaero: How Organised Labour Arrived At ₦615,000 Minimum Wage https://belimedia.com.ng/how-nlc-arrived-at-new-minimum-wage-demand https://belimedia.com.ng/how-nlc-arrived-at-new-minimum-wage-demand President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Joe Ajaero has explained how organised labour arrived at the minimum wage of N615, 000 it placed before the committee set up to determine the new minimum wage for workers in the country.

Ajaero told Channels Television on Wednesday that the Organised Labour has agreed on N615,000 as the living wage for civil servants given the current economic situation in the country.

He added that the N615,000 is a living wage that will keep workers alive and will not make them poorer or borrow to go to work.

He added that the N615 is also a wage that will ensure workers are not in the hospital every day because of malnutrition.

The President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Festus Osifo, has also recently confirmed that organised labour has agreed on N615,000 minimum wage.

“The negotiation by the Tripartite Committee is still on going. If you remember, the TUC earlier submitted N447, 000 as the new minimum wage but we have harmonised our figure with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) .

But he said th N615,000 demanded by the organised labour is not sacrosanct.

“If you look at the N615. 000, you will think that the amount is right, but at about the time we did that computation, a dollar was about N1, 700.

On how the organised labour arrived at the figure, Ajaero said: “We have housing and accommodation of N40,000. We asked for electricity of N20,000 — of course that was before the current tariff increase. Nobody can spend this amount currently. We have utility that is about N10,000. We looked at kerosene and gas that is about N25,000 to N35,000.

“We looked at food for a family of six, that is about N9,000 in a day. For 30 days, that is about N270,000. Look at medical, N50,000 provided there will be no surgery or whatever.

“For clothing, we looked at N20,000. For education, N50,000. I don’t know for those who tried to put their children in private school, they will not be able to cope with this amount. We also have sanitation of N10,000.

“I think where we have another bulk of the money is transportation. This is because the workers stay in the fringes and because of the cost of PMS, that amounted to N110,000.

“That brought the whole living wage to N615,000 and I want anyone to subject this to further investigation and find out whether there will be any savings when you pay somebody on this rate.”

A 37-member tripartite committee on minimum wage set up by the Federal Government is chaired by former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Bukar Aji, with other members drawn from the Federal Government and State Governments, the Private Sector as well as the Organised Labour.

Vice President Kashim Shettima said the setting up of the minimum wage review committee is a reaffirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s desire to motivate the nation’s workforce which he describes as the cornerstone of the administration.

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Wed, 01 May 2024 15:40:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: NLC Demands ₦615,000 As Minimum Wage https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-demands-615000-as-minimum-wage https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-demands-615000-as-minimum-wage The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) today called on the federal government to announce a new minimum wage of ₦615,000.

During his address at the 2024 Workers Day celebration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC, expressed the demand.

He said, “we want to remind you that the process of fixing the new Minimum wage is still continuing. We have placed our demand of N615,000 before our social partners, while we await their offer”

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Wed, 01 May 2024 13:04:28 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: EFCC Operatives Allegedly Fire Live Bullets At Yahaya Bello Supporters During Protest https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-fires-live-bullets https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-fires-live-bullets Tensions escalated during a protest as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly discharged live bullets at supporters of Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State. 

The incident, according to Daily Independent, occured during the demonstration by pro-Yahaya Bello supporters.

According to the report, the protest took a violent turn when EFCC operatives intervened, attempting to disperse the crowd forcefully. 

The use of live ammunition reportedly sparked fear and chaos among the protesters, heightening the intensity of the situation.

Earlier in the day, a separate group of demonstrators supporting the EFCC had staged their protest near the Anti-Graft office headquarters without any reported intervention from security personnel.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 16:48:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Why the 'Notcoin' Token Launch Was Delayed—And When It's Coming https://belimedia.com.ng/notcoin-set-to-launch-not-token https://belimedia.com.ng/notcoin-set-to-launch-not-token Notcoin co-creator Sasha Plotvinov spoke with Decrypt’s GG at Token 2049 about the NOT delay, and when to expect the launch.

The NOT token launch for viral Telegram-based game Notcoin was originally planned to take place on or around April 20, coinciding with the Bitcoin halving. But last week, the team announced that it would be delayed, with a vague new launch target of “soon.”

At the Token 2049 conference in Dubai last week, Decrypt’s GG spoke with Open Builders founder Sasha Plotvinov about why the token launch was pushed back, and got an updated ETA when to expect the token to go live on The Open Network (TON). And yes, it’s soon.

Plotvinov said that with three weeks to go, the target date of April 20 was compelling. Not only is it a “funny number,” as he told Decrypt’s Sander Lutz in the video interview below—after all, 420 is a prominent meme number—but it was also the estimated date for the quadrennial Bitcoin halving event.

But as the date neared, his team decided that they needed more time to ensure that the Notcoin token launch would go off without a hitch, given the potentially millions of players all trying to claim the token at once.

“We just realized that having literally like 35 million people that want to go on-chain and do some stuff is a really, really challenging task,” he said. “You have to make sure that on the one hand, you will not ruin everything—you know, that the blockchain will work, infrastructure will work, wallets, whatever, at the same time.”

“You cannot limit users, or you cannot afford to allow some people to mint tokens and then the rest wait until everything will start working again,” he continued. “We realized that there are a bunch of things we need to do before the actual listing to make it as smooth as possible.”

Now the Notcoin team has what it believes (or hopes) is the “perfect solution,” he explained, and the NOT token is targeted to launch at the end of this month.

“From our perspective, the end of April is perfect still. I don't really care about moving it a little bit further, to be honest. The better preparation we have, the better,” Plotvinov said. “I don't think that everyone would like to rush here.”

The Notcoin launch is sure to be one of the largest tests to date for The Open Network, which was originally created by messaging app Telegram. Plotvinov said that launching pre-market vouchers, which let heavy players trade some of their in-game Notcoin allocation via NFTs, was an early test—but the real event is just around the corner.

“We learned a lot of things,” he said of the vouchers launch. “Now we’re just ready for the big splash.”

The halving was a “good event to be linked to,” he said—and ultimately they thought, “Why not?”

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 18:28:00 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Sidra Coin Commences P2P KYC Verification, See Steps On How To Carry Out Sidra P2P Verification Below https://belimedia.com.ng/sidra-begins-P2P-kyc https://belimedia.com.ng/sidra-begins-P2P-kyc The long awaited Sidra Coin P2P KYC has finally arrived, Sidranians can now carry out their verifications which will make them become eligible to swap their Sidra Tokens to Sidra Coins.

Here's the rewritten step-by-step guide for peer-to-peer (P2P) verification, with preparations listed first:

Preparations:

Both Users: Ensure complete face tracking is enabled.

User 2: Have your ID ready (the same document previously uploaded).

P2P Verification Process:

1. Scan Friend's QR Code: Begin by scanning your friend's QR code. This will direct you to their profile page.

2. Prepare ID for Scanning: User 2 should have their ID ready for scanning.

3. Initiate P2P Verification: On the profile page, click the "P2P Verification" button.

4. Access KYC Portal: Both users should visit www.kycport.com and click on the "P2P Blue Button".

5. Select Request: From the list of requests, select the name of the person you are physically with.

6. Be in the Same Location: Ensure both users are in the same location for verification.

7. Record Verification Video: Record a brief video, clearly showing both the user's face and the ID.

8. Upload and Wait for Verification: Upload the video and await final verification from the support team.

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Sat, 13 Jan 2024 13:51:51 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Dangote Refinery Begins Production https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-dangote-refinery-begins-production https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-dangote-refinery-begins-production The Dangote Refinery has started production. The largest single-train refinery in the world located in Nigeria’s commercial hub began production in the early hours of Friday.

This followed the delivery of six million barrels of crude supply to the refinery this week.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2024 20:29:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tinubu summons interior minister, Tunji&Ojo to Aso Rock after links to Betta Edu https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-summons-tunji-ojo-to-aso-rock https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-summons-tunji-ojo-to-aso-rock President Bola Tinubu has summoned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, to Aso Rock over payment of N438 million as consultancy fee to a company linked to him by suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu, Politics Nigeria reports.

The company, New Planet Project Limited, was one of the numerous consultants awarded contracts from N3 billion given out by the suspended minister for the National Social Register contract.

The social register was created for cash transfers and other social investment programmes.

New Planet Project Limited was initially paid N279 million for verification of the list and another N159 million for the same purpose.

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Tue, 09 Jan 2024 14:36:30 +0100 Jan Bulo
NEW: Sidra Gives Update On P2P KYC As Transaction On Sidra Chain Looks Set To Begin https://belimedia.com.ng/sidra-gives-crucial-p2p-update https://belimedia.com.ng/sidra-gives-crucial-p2p-update The Sidra Core Team headed by the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Al Jefairi on Monday released a crucial update on the most anticipated verification process of Sidra Coin, the ‘Sidra P2P KYC’, confirms they are in final stages ahead of launch and commencement of transcations on Sidra Chain.

Al Jefairi in a forum based on Sidra Chain assured Sidranians across the globe that he and his team are working round the clock to ensure a smooth launch takes place.

He stated that, he is aware of the eagerness and joy that has surrounded the Sidra Community ahead of its scheduled potential MEGA Launch this Month, and the firewall will be removed very soon which will enable Sidranians to begin transaction after carrying out their P2P KYC verification.

Going further, the Technology & Financial Expert urged all members of the Sidra family to remain calm and make sure they complete their various steps of verification. He said, these steps are prerequisites to the P2P KYC verification.

Shedding more lights on how the P2P KYC is going to be done, Al Jefairi said, indeed the P2P KYC is challenging, this is due to the transparency of the network and he and his entire team are trying to protect the integrity of Sidra Coin but they'll be making an official announcement very soon as a flag off for P2P KYC verification. He also made it clear that the Sidra Core Team will release a guide on how Sidranians would go about the P2P KYC verification before its starts officially.

All Sidranians across the globe are advised to install the latest version of the Sidra App for more and better user experience ahead of the flagging off of P2P KYC verification.

Al Jefairi responding to an important question on types of Identity Cards to be used for P2P verification, the CEO said, all legalized and approved Identity Cards of a particular Nation would be allowed, hinting that the P2P KYC verification would be done in the Sidra App involving two or more users. Users will be required to verify themselves through the in-app P2P feature in the sidra app once the P2P KYC verification campaign kick starts.

As Sidranians across the globe continue to wait patiently for the launch and commencement of transcations on Sidra Chain, they are as well advised to stay away from various scams in order not to lose their precious Sidra accounts.

Sidra Coin, the first Islamic Digital Currency is looking forward to making history as it prepares to play a huge role in the world of decentralized finance.

Sidra Coin is not only here to change lives and play a positive impact on Sidranians, it has as well emerged to change the shape of the World's financial space.

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[Monday, 8th January, 2024.]

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 21:20:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Former Head Of Presidential Campaign, Doyin Okupe Resigns From Labour Party https://belimedia.com.ng/doyin-okupe-resigns-from-lp https://belimedia.com.ng/doyin-okupe-resigns-from-lp Doyin Okupe, former head of the Labour Party’s presidential campaign, has resigned from the party, citing ideological differences that emerged after the 2023 elections.

In a letter made available on Monday, Okupe explained that his lifelong alignment with right-wing and liberal democratic principles clashed with Labour’s left-of-center ideology, making continued membership untenable.

The letter reads, “I submit herewith my letter of resignation from the Labour Party with effect from today. You will recall that our flagbearer, Mr Peter Obi, myself and others left the PDP abruptly and had to look for a Special Purpose Vehicle in which to contest the 2023 Presidential Elections. 

“The Labour Party, your good self, and other members of your executives provided us with this veritable platform with no burdensomeness whatsoever and for which we were extremely grateful.

“We did contest the election on the platform of the Labour Party and lost. This makes it exceedingly difficult for me to continue to stay in the Labour Party which is ideologically rooted in the left of the center.

“I have been a rightist and a Liberal Democrat all my entire life. It is therefore this ideological conflict that makes me seek an exit so that I may continue my political activities with liberalism, sincerity and freedom.

“I wish to thank you in particular and other members of the leadership of the party for the cordiality and respect accorded to me as the Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organization.

“I wish you and the party success in your future endeavors. Long live the Labour Party. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your brother, friend and compatriot, Omooba (Dr Doyin Okupe, Former Director General Obi-Datti Campaign Organization.”

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 14:52:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
Following Betta Edu's Suspension, Tinubu Directs EFCC To Probe Humanitarian Affairs & Poverty Alleviation https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-directs-efcc https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-directs-efcc President Bola Tinubu has suspended Dr. Betta Edu from office with immediate effect as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

A statement on Monday afternoon signed by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said Tinubu's decision was in line with the President's avowed commitment to uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in the management of the commonwealth of Nigerians.

"The President further directs the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transactions involving the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, as well as one or more agencies thereunder.

"The suspended Minister is hereby directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and she is further directed by the President to fully cooperate with the investigating authorities as they conduct their investigation.

"Furthermore, the President has tasked a panel that is headed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to, among other functions, conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on the financial architecture and framework of the social investment programmes with a view to conclusively reforming the relevant institutions and programmes in a determined bid to eliminate all institutional frailties for the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households and win back lost public confidence in the initiative.

"These directives of the President take immediate effect," Ngelale stated.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 14:47:35 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tinubu Suspends Betta Edu From Office With Immediate Effect https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-suspends-betta-edu-from-office-with-immediate-effect https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-suspends-betta-edu-from-office-with-immediate-effect President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, from office with immediate effect.

This is coming after allegations on the suspended Minister over diversion of funds meant for various groups.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 14:30:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Glo Subscribers To Be Barred From Calling MTN Lines, NCC Confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/ncc-confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/ncc-confirms Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to bar Globacom subscribers from making calls to MTN lines soon, due to the non-settlement of interconnect charges.

Globacom subscribers may be unable to make calls to MTN lines soon, due to the non-settlement of interconnect charges.

The Nigerian Communications Commission disclosed this on Monday in a public notice signed by Director, Public Affairs Department, Reuben Muoka.

It stated that the commission granted partial approval for the disconnection of Globacom from MTN Nigeria Communications Plc.

The notice partly reads, “Globacom was notified of the application made by MTN and was given the opportunity to comment and state its case

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 13:55:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Sadiya Umar Farouk Arrives At The EFCC, Ready For Interrogation Over Alleged Money Laundry https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-arrives-at-efcc-45412 https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-arrives-at-efcc-45412 Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar-Farouk, has arrived at the EFCC to meet with interrogators over an ongoing probe into the N37,170,855,753.44 allegedly laundered during her tenure in office, through a contractor, James Okwete.

The ex-minister at about 10 am on Monday.

Meanwhile, at about 10:20 am, the former Minister tweeted about her presence at the EFCC headquarters.

“I have, at my behest, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour the invitation by the anti-graft agency to offer clarifications in respect of some issues that the commission is investigating,”

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 11:04:48 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Sadiya Umar Farouk Arrives At The EFCC, Ready For Interrogation Over Alleged Money Laundry https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-arrives-at-efcc https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-arrives-at-efcc Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar-Farouk, has arrived at the EFCC to meet with interrogators over an ongoing probe into the N37,170,855,753.44 allegedly laundered during her tenure in office, through a contractor, James Okwete.

The ex-minister at about 10 am on Monday.

Meanwhile, at about 10:20 am, the former Minister tweeted about her presence at the EFCC headquarters.

“I have, at my behest, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour the invitation by the anti-graft agency to offer clarifications in respect of some issues that the commission is investigating,”

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Mon, 08 Jan 2024 11:02:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu directs thorough investigation into alleged payments of funds into a private account by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-directs-through-investigation https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-directs-through-investigation President Tinubu has directed that a thorough and comprehensive investigation regarding the alleged payment of funds into a private account by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation - Minister of Information 

The Ministry of Information and National Orientation acknowledges the concerns raised by the public regarding the alleged payment of funds into a private account by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. We are aware of the narratives circulating widely and wish to assure Nigerians that the Government takes these issues most seriously.

The Federal Government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is transparent and accountable to the people, and committed to ensuring that public funds are allocated and utilized effectively and efficiently to address the needs of Nigerians. 

In light of recent events, the President has directed that a thorough and comprehensive investigation be conducted to ascertain the accuracy and validity of the reported details. 

The government is determined to unravel the truth as it relates to this matter, and assures that appropriate action will be taken to ensure that any breaches and infractions are identified and decisively punished, in line with the Administration’s commitment to public accountability and due process.

The public is advised to note, against the backdrop of various unverified narratives circulating on the Internet, that the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, under the leadership of Minister Mohammed Idris, is the primary source for verified information about events and actions of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Only accurate details will be shared with the public. The Ministry is committed to providing timely updates to keep Nigerians informed about the progress of the investigation.

We urge Nigerians to exercise patience as the investigation unfolds. The government is focused on ensuring a fair and unbiased process, and the findings will be communicated duly and transparently to the public.

Mohammed Idris

Minister of Information and National Orientation

January 7, 2024

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 20:30:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigerian Police To Begin Recruitment Tomorrow https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerian-police-to-begin-recruitment-tomorrow https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerian-police-to-begin-recruitment-tomorrow The Police Service Commission on Sunday said recruitment of Nigerians into the Constable Cadre of the Nigeria Police Force will commence tomorrow, Monday, January 8th 2024, throughout the federation with physical and credentials screening of successful applicants after six weeks period for receiving of applications in line with the requirements of the Federal Character Commission.

The Chairman of the Commission. Dr. Solomon Arase (IGP Rtd) consequently, told PSC staff at a pre-deployment briefing at the Commission’s headquarters over the weekend that “this is not merely a Recruitment exercise; rather, it is a saga – an epic tale where your actions will reverberate through time”.

He said, “Each decision, each interaction becomes a paragraph in this narrative, shaping the perception of our Commission and the legacy we leave behind”, adding that “commencement of the exercise marks the turn of a transformative chapter in the life of the Commission”.

The Chairman charged the Staff to “uphold the torch of professionalism and integrity and embrace this responsibility with the knowledge that your actions will resonate beyond the confines of the present”.

He added, “as staff of the Commission, you are entrusted with a job that carries the weight of our nation’s aspirations for a just and secure future”.

Continuing he said, “This recruitment exercise assumes paramount significance as the first conducted by the Commission since the landmark supreme Court Judgment of 20th July 2023 that reaffirmed the primacy and exclusivity of the Commission in recruiting for the Nigeria Police Force”.

“We stand at the precipice of a new era, and it is our solemn duty to ensure that this exercise establishes the gold standard for future recruitments’ he said.

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 14:50:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tinubu Approves N12bn For Super Eagles, Others https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-approves-funds-for-eagles https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-approves-funds-for-eagles President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the payment of N12billon outstanding backlog for Nigeria’s National teams of various sports, which includes super eagles and others.

The payment entails the clearing of the senior national team coach salaries running up to 15 months, payments of allowances and promises due to the senior national teams, females, and Under-20 national team.

This is coming at a time when the Super Eagles of Nigeria are preparing to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations, which is billed to start later this month.

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 11:35:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
Plateau Killings: Dogara, Bode George Calls On Tinubu To Stop The Prepetrators Of Violence In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/dogara-sends-crucial-message-to-bat https://belimedia.com.ng/dogara-sends-crucial-message-to-bat Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and Chief Bode George, have urged President Bola Tinubu to stop the perpetrators of violence in parts of the country.

Dogara spoke in Jos, Plateau State when he led some serving and former members of the House of Representatives on a condolence visit to the Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, following the recent massacre of about 200 people in Bokkos, Mangu and Barkin Ladi local government areas (LGAs) of the state by terrorists.

He urged Tinubu not to ride on the path of his predecessors who only mourned victims of killings in press statements, thereby reducing themselves to mourners-in-chief instead of taking responsibility as commanders-in-chief. He urged the President to rise to the occasion and use every available means to locate the perpetrators and sponsors of violence across the country and bring them to justice.

Dogara maintained that those responsible for the genocide and such scale of violence are all out to end the ways of life of Nigerians and must be stopped and shouldn't go scott free.

He said, “The perpetrators of this violence are not just crazy but are very dangerous, and the truth is that they won’t just stop until we stop them. We must stop them. Who has the responsibility to stop them? It is the Commander-in-Chief, but previously, they reduced themselves to mourners-in-chief instead.

“It means using whatever coercive security apparatus we have as a nation to locate where these perpetrators and their sponsors wherever they are littered in the ungoverned spaces that we have in Nigeria, whether in Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto or in southern Kaduna or the South, we must locate them and after locating them, the Commander-in-Chief must take justice to them or bring them to justice.”

The former Speaker added that the “failure to either take justice to them or bring them to justice has always been the bane of the fight against terrorism and violence in Nigeria because it emboldens them. If they will kill on the Plateau and go scot-free, why won’t they kill in any other state in the North and the South?“Failure to act at that level is more or less an incentive for them to continue to deploy this unbridled violence on the people. 

“So, my call, therefore, is to the President to rise up and for him to know that condolences at this moment, whether on the Plateau or elsewhere in the country, are better given in the form of decisive action against the perpetrators of this violence and not by mere words.”

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 09:50:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
EMEFIELE: The Charges Against Him Are Plenty, It's A Pity He Used His Office The Way He Did, Says EFCC As New Findings Emerge Against Former CBN Governor https://belimedia.com.ng/the-charges-against-him-are-much https://belimedia.com.ng/the-charges-against-him-are-much Immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Governor Godwin Emefiele might face an amended charge to include new findings in the ongoing probe of forex transactions under his probe.

The agency has as well summoned senior officials of the affected parties and mandated them to provide detailed paperworks of their foreign exchange transactions covering the last nine years.

The EFCC source said, “The EFCC is investigating over 85 entities, which include companies and individuals. The probe has extended beyond 52 entities, and I can confirm that the Dangote Group and BUA Plc are part of the 85 entities under probe over the preferential foreign exchange allocations made by the former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, in defiance of extant financial rules and regulations and in disregard of the CBN Act.

“Some officials of those companies and individuals connected with the allocations have been invited by the commission for questioning, and all the affected entities have been asked to provide their financial documents from 2014 to 2023. We discovered that those allocations were not approved by former President Muhammadu Buhari, so it was more of a means for the former CBN governor and his cronies to launder money through forex transactions and Bureau De Change operators.

“But it should be noted that our investigation is comprehensive; it is deeper and encompassing, and absolutely independent of the CBN investigator, Obazee’s report. The charges against the former CBN governor will most likely be amended as there have been more discoveries from the forex probe.

“The discoveries in the recent probe into forex transactions involving many individuals and organisations show that the former governor of the CBN will face amended charges soon. Lawyers of the commission are working on that and as soon as that is done, Emefiele will answer to the charges.

“We have found out how he used his position to help friends and acquaintances, business associates, relations and others.

“The charges against him are plenty. It is a pity that such a highly placed man used his office the way he did it.

“He is also going to face other charges like money laundering, abuse of office, even abuse of office may involve the declaration of assets.”

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 09:45:39 +0100 Jan Bulo
AFCON: Super Eagles Releases Squad Numbers Ahead Of Nigeria's Opening Fixture Against Equatorial Guinea https://belimedia.com.ng/eagles-releases-squad-numbers https://belimedia.com.ng/eagles-releases-squad-numbers Super Eagles has released it squad numbers of Nigeria's 25-man roster for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The three times African Champions begin their AFCON campaign against Equatorial Guinea on 14th January, 2024.

Take a look at the Eagles’ gorgeous squad numbers below:

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Sun, 07 Jan 2024 08:34:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
Crypto Analysts Predicts Ice Network Launch Price Ahead Of January Distribution, Hints Ice Will Skyrocket In Early Days https://belimedia.com.ng/analysts-predicts-ice-network-launch-price https://belimedia.com.ng/analysts-predicts-ice-network-launch-price Anticipation continue to grow ahead of Ice Network January initial coin distribution to its Snow-men. This move was executed by the Ice Core Team to reward its early miners for their massive support and contribution to Ice Network Ecosystem.

Furthermore, they decided to make it a more easier process by switching the network that's to be used for distribution from Ethereum to Binance Smart Chain. 

This was as a result of multiple complain from the Ice Network Community calling on the team to do a possible check on the hike in Ethereum gas fee which would trigger a major challenge for Snow-men during withdrawals or swapping of their distributed Ice Tokens.

Ice Network is to commence the distribution of tokens to its members this month. 10% of Ice tokens are to be distributed to all Snow-men who have passed their KYC 1 and 2 on the Ice App. Scheduled to launch its mainnet by October, 2024, Ice will from February, 2024 after the initial January distribution continue to distribute its tokens to its members monthly in respective calculated percentages down to October, 2024.

This method of distribution picked by the Ice Core Team will do the project good in terms of gaining value and community trust, as there'll be less dumping of Ice Tokens and massive buy due to its scarcity.

 

Going forward, so far, 26.9B Ice have been mined with 18.9B going down to the staking pool.

In respect to this, only 8 Billion Ice are in the space at the moment, going further with the 10% distribution of tokens to Ice Miners, the first distribution and launching means Ice will Kick-start it's miraculous journey with just 800 Million available tokens. This amazing supply for a start will see Ice skyrocket at the initial stage. In-depth analysts have predicted Ice Token launch price, falling within the range of $0.005 - $0.1 ahead of October 2024 Mega Launch.

This will boost the Ice Ecosystem as the Ice Core Team continue to unlock Ice Tokens for Snow-men across subsequent months ahead of their Mega Launch in October 2024.

Ice Network, a groundbreaking project set to redefine the landscape of the crypto space. Anticipation is reaching a fever pitch as it gears up for its imminent launch. What sets Ice Network apart is not just its timing but its innovative approach, promising to be a trailblazer in the world of cryptocurrency. With a stellar team behind the scenes, the project has been meticulously crafted to address the evolving needs of crypto miners.

Ice Network boasts a state-of-the-art mining infrastructure that positions it as a frontrunner in efficiency and sustainability. The team's commitment to utilizing cutting-edge technology ensures that miners will experience unprecedented performance and reliability. Beyond its mining capabilities, Ice Network stands out for its robust security measures, instilling confidence in users and establishing it as a secure haven in an often volatile market.

What truly sets Ice Network apart, even in its early stages, is its community-driven ethos. The project actively engages with its user base, fostering a sense of inclusivity and shared success. This emphasis on community involvement creates a unique dynamic, making Ice Network not just a platform but a movement within the crypto space. 

As the countdown to launch continues, the excitement surrounding Ice Network is unbelievable, marking it as a project poised to make waves and earn its place among the best of the year.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 21:53:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
Fund for Vulnerable Groups In Four States Was Approved and went through due Process, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/fund-for-four-states-was-processed https://belimedia.com.ng/fund-for-four-states-was-processed The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation notes with dismay, on a memo from the Ministry to the Accountant-General of the Federation approving for payment, of the sum of N585,189,500.00 Renewed Hope Grant for Vulnerable Groups for four states, which is currently being circulated in the social media.

It is glaring that the same sponsored disgruntled elements in the past few days have been trying to smear the Honourable Minister, Dr Betta Edu, and stain her integrity because she alerted the Federal Government attention to the ongoing 44.8 Billion Fraud in NSIPA. These elements have been trying to link her to a phantom fraud and are behind this latest misadventure.

However, this latest vile effort of theirs is another infantile blackmail doomed for evisceration. 

For the avoidance, the said N585,198,500.00 was approved, and it is meant for the implementation of Grants to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ogun, and Lagos states. We must, however, note that GVG was first launched in the Kogi state where recipients testified.

Akwa Ibom and Cross River were launched in December 2023, Kogi already happened in November, and others will be launched in the coming weeks.

The general public is invited to note that the Renewed Hope Grant for Vulnerable Groups is one of the social intervention schemes of the federal government, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. 

The evil motive of the mischief-makers behind the circulation of the memo is well-known and should be ignored. Of note is the fact that since assumption of duty about Five months ago, the Minister has religiously visited different parts of the country like Borno, Zamfara, Niger, Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, FCT, Lagos Cross River, etc and this is done to ensure she delivers on her mandate and she has remained focused, unbiased and committed to duty.

Signed

Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair (ANIPR),

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Honourable Minister

05/01/2024

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 20:09:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
Dangote Refinery Receives Fifth Crude Oil, Set To Begin Operations https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-receives-another-crude-oil https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-receives-another-crude-oil Dangote Petroleum Refinery has received the fifth crude oil shipment of one million barrels of Bonny Light supplied by the NNPCL.

This latest development is a significant step for the refinery, which is already preparing to welcome the 6th one million crude oil cargo by next week as it hopes to begin operations.

Once the 6 million barrels are fully delivered, it will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 20:04:31 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu To Security Chiefs: You Are Making Good Progress, But There Must Be Conclusive Victory   https://belimedia.com.ng/you-are-making-good-progress https://belimedia.com.ng/you-are-making-good-progress President Bola Tinubu has asked the nation's security chiefs to ensure that there is conclusive victory against the myriad of security threats assailing the country.

 

Addressing security chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies at a Presidential Security Briefing at the State House, in Abuja, on Friday, President Tinubu said while good progress is being made with the elimination of some security threats across multiple theatres, success will ultimately be defined by a final conclusion to the multi-dimensional menace.

 

"We have too many investments that we need to make now in soft and physical infrastructure, in social security, in MSME empowerment, and other growth enablers. We are pursuing a $1 trillion economy in the next few years, and our efforts will be undermined if we do not finally wrap up our progressive onslaught against enemies of progress. Be encouraged. The confidence of our people in your capacity is rising, and they are appreciative of the sacrifices of our men and women.

 

"The success you are recording is undeniable. Nigerians are seeing it, but the avoidable errors, as witnessed recently in Kaduna, are unacceptable and cannot be repeated. I am pleased that coordination between all agencies has dramatically improved over recent months, but there is no room for celebrations until we can end this; until we can bring our troops back to their own localities, and until we can free up resources for our critical economic expansion programme," the President firmly stated.

 

The President emphasized that the armed forces must deliver on his objective to ensure the nation achieves a sustainable production of two million barrels of crude oil per day, including condensates, within the first quarter of 2024.

 

"I do not play with my intelligence reports. I have multiple lines of sight. The Navy and sister branches must step up their game to achieve our aims for the benefit of all Nigerians. All malign actors will be aggressively uprooted from our midst. Those working against the national agenda from within and without will meet justice. Your task is clear. We will sustain our momentum. Failure is not an option under my leadership," the President warned.

 

The President also commended the Commander of the Presidential Air fleet (PAF), the Commander of the Brigade of Guards (BoG), and his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO) for their dedication and commitment in the discharge of their assignments, which has earned them a promotion.

 

Speaking at the decoration of the PAF Commander, Air Commodore Olayinka Olusola Oyesola, with his new rank of Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force; Commander, BoG, Adebisi Olusegun Onasanya, who is promoted from Colonel to the rank of Brigadier-General; and the Police CPSO, Usman Musa Shugaba, who is now a Deputy Commissioner of Police after being promoted from his prior rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, President Tinubu said he was very impressed by the officers’ “loyalty and dedication to duty”.

 

“Nigeria calls all to serve. We are the servants of the country, not the masters as you have seen. Your stewardship as leaders in your various categories is reflected in the assignments and responsibilities you have undertaken. I hope that Nigeria will continue to recognize your servi

ce to motherland,” the President concluded.

 

The newly promoted officers were decorated by the President who was assisted by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja; and the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, respectively, in the presence of the spouses of the elevated officers. 

 

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 19:54:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Decorates Commander Guards Brigade, Chief Personal Security Officer, Others With Their New Ranks https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-decorates-officers https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-decorates-officers President Bola Ahmed Tinubu decorates Commander Guards Brigade, Col Adebisi Onasanya, Chief Personal Security Officer, ACP Usman Shugabaa nd Commander Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commander O.Oyesola with their new ranks.

Onasanya is now Brigadier General. Shugaba is now Deputy Commissioner of Police, while Oyesola moves up as Air Vice Marshal. The ceremony took place at the State House today.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 19:38:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Body of Former Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Arrives Nigeria From Germany https://belimedia.com.ng/body-of-former-governor-of-ondo-state-rotimi-akeredolu-arrives-nigeria-from-germany https://belimedia.com.ng/body-of-former-governor-of-ondo-state-rotimi-akeredolu-arrives-nigeria-from-germany The body of Former Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has arrived Nigeria From Germany.

The body was received by his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, his children, and siblings led by Prof. Wole Akeredolu, the immediate younger brother.

According to a post on the X handle of the late governor’s spokesperson, Richard Olatunde, the plane conveying the body arrived at about 3:39 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024.

The late Governor’s remains were brought into the country from Germany, where he passed away.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbi Talabi; and representative of Osun State Governor, Senator Demola Adeleke also joined in receiving the body. 

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 19:32:31 +0100 Jan Bulo
Victims Of Last Year’s Demolition In Kano, Masallacin Idi Shop Owners and Traders Association, Accuses Kwankwaso, Gov. Yusuf & SSG, Baffa Bichi, Of Criminal Conspiracy, Theft, Amongst Others https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-demolition-victims-accuses-abba-rmk-bichi https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-demolition-victims-accuses-abba-rmk-bichi Victims of last year’s demolition in Kano, Masallacin Idi Shop Owners and Traders Association, accused Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and the SSG, Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, of criminal conspiracy, theft, criminal misappropriation and mischief contrary to the Penal Code and laws of the state.

The Group also have petitioned the state police commissioner, Muhammad Usain Gumel, to conduct criminal investigations on the perpetrators whose actions allegedly led to the death of 30 people.

The victims, who are owners and occupiers of about 6,000 shops demolished by the state government at its inception, said Kwankwaso had repeatedly mentioned over the media that when their party, the NNPP, comes to power, they will demolish the shops.

The group, which earlier had an out-of-court settlement with the state government and is to be paid N3 billion has since started receiving the agreed N1billion monthly for three months based on the available agreements.

Through their lawyer, Ma’ruf Yakasai, who read the petition to newsmen in Kano yesterday, which was signed by the chairman of the group, Auwalu Sa’idu Umar and the secretary, Ibrahim Salisu Nyas, they said for posterity, the law has to take its course in dealing with the situation.

Yakasai said, “Shortly before the 2023 gubernatorial election, some of them, more particularly the leader of the ruling party NNPP, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, were heard and seen physically and over the media repeatedly, stating unequivocally, that if his party won the election, they would demolish all the structures/shops owned by our members at the Kofar Mata Eid Ground.

“Subsequently, NNPP emerged as the winner of the election, and His Excellency, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusif, was sworn in as the governor of Kano State on the 29th May, 2023.

“Unfortunately, even before cabinet members were nominated and appointed, H.E. Abba Kabir Yusif, formed a committee with the sole responsibility of carrying out the demolition exercise.

“The 5th May, 2023 was the black day to the traders and owners of shops and thousands of people getting their means of livelihood in the area. At about 01:00 hours, after we all closed our shops and businesses, the democratically elected government of Kano State, under the leadership of Abba Kabir Yusuf, without any notice or opportunity for our members to park their goods and other movable properties, with no iota of sympathy, demolished the structures/shops in the area. Selfish individuals with criminal minds were also encouraged by the Government to loot our properties as the demolishing was on going. They described our hard own properties as public properties and declared same as free for all.

“Consequently, the suspects succeeded in destroying all the structures/shops/ goods and monies (cash) kept in some shops, rendering the victims helpless, poor, jobless without any justification whatsoever. Some of the victims lost their lives, some are now patients with different sickness, including the killer ‘stroke’.

“The victims’ orphans and children are left with no parental care and attention, many are rendered homeless; poor or no education, medical care, because breadwinners are either dead or have lost their means of livelihood. The total estimated value off the properties lost and destroyed is two hundred and sixty billion Naira,” the lawyer stated.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 15:59:33 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Congratulates Funke Akindele On Record Setting Film https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-congratulates-funke-akindele-on-record-setting-film https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-congratulates-funke-akindele-on-record-setting-film President Tinubu congratulates Ms. Funke Akindele on her record-setting film and commends the ace thespian for her contributions to the growth of the industry.

The President extols the excellence of the Nigerian creative industry, acknowledging its pivotal place as a medium not only for artistic expression but also a source of enormous soft power and viable export.

"The creative industry is one of the high-employment sectors, providing jobs for our able and talented youths. It is an industry that is crucial to my administration. I salute Nigerians for their enduring support and patronage of home-grown creative efforts. We will provide the conducive environment for the industry to thrive further," President Tinubu states.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 14:36:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
Women Protesters Burn Down House Of District Head In Plateau State https://belimedia.com.ng/protesting-women-burn-down-house https://belimedia.com.ng/protesting-women-burn-down-house Protesting women on Friday afternoon burned down the house of the District Head of Bokkos town in Bokkos Local Government Area of the Plateau state, Michal Monday Adanchi.

According to a source from the area, the incident occurred around 12:30am.

The source said the women burned the house following the arrest of some members of the community for their alleged involvement in the recent killings in the area, adding that the traditional ruler’s residence and his administrative office were burned down.

“The incident began at the police station where they expressed their anger over the arrest of some members of the community. After leaving the police station, they proceeded to the house of the traditional ruler, protesting that he was a sellout. A few minutes after reaching the house, they set it ablaze,” the source said.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 14:34:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Two National Stations Secure Rights To Broadcast AFCON After DStv Was Denied https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-two-national-stations-secure-rights-to-broadcast-afcon-after-dstv-was-denied https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-two-national-stations-secure-rights-to-broadcast-afcon-after-dstv-was-denied South Africa national TV station, SABC has secured rights to broadcast AFCON.

Togolese broadcaster, New World TV has also secured official AFCON broadcasting rights from CAF.

This is coming after Multichoice, the parent company of DStv, on Wednesday, said the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament would not be broadcasted on its platform.

It said the satellite failed to secure the broadcasting rights to broadcast the continent’s biggest footballing event on its SuperSport channels.

“SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 scheduled for January 13th – February 11th, 2-24, because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament.

“However, AFCON 2023 games will be available through our partner broadcast stations on Free to Air (FTA) channels.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 12:24:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Good News As Nigerian Military Airstrikes Eliminates Nigerian ISWAP Leader, Ba'a Shuwa, Scores Of Fighters https://belimedia.com.ng/naf-eliminates-iswap-leader https://belimedia.com.ng/naf-eliminates-iswap-leader The Nigerian military has eliminated the Nigerian  leader of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Ba'a Shuwa, and scores of his fighters in the North East of Borno during  a major offensive. Zagazola Makama reports.

Ba'a Shuwa, was the ISWAP Leader of the Nigerian Wylayat, Lake Chad, Kwalfarji, Timbuktu Farouq and Sambisa Mantika of the ISIS affiliated Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP). 

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that the damaging  airstrikes carried out on January 2, 2023 at  Kwatan Dilla, in  Abadam LGA of Borno State had led to killing of Ba'a Shuwa including scores of his fighters.

Sources said that the exploitation after the strike showcased footage of scores neutralizing enemy elements and equipment.

Shuws was appointed  in 2021 after Abubakar Shekau killed himself. He was Commanding terrorists in Chiralia, Markas Kauwa, Abirma, Buk, Abulam, Dusula, Abbagajiri, Gorgore and many other camps within the Timbuktu and Alagarno axis in the South of Borno.

Some of his top Commanding Officers  included; Khaid Hanzala, Ba'a Idirisa, Rawana, Abou Ibrahim, Mallam Abubakar, Abou Aisha and Abou Khalid who was responsible on the recent attack on the electricity towars along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway. 

Ba'a Shuwa and his groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes and IED/mine towards Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri, Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gaidam and other part of Borno and Yobe States.

The terrorists'  hibernated in highly fortified hideouts under thick foliage and rocks properly concealed and camouflaged in order to evade air strikes within the Timbuktu Triangle.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 09:34:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Test On Port Harcourt Refinery To Be Completed This Month, NNPCL Confims https://belimedia.com.ng/test-on-port-harcourt-refinery-to-be-completed-this-month-nnpcl-confims https://belimedia.com.ng/test-on-port-harcourt-refinery-to-be-completed-this-month-nnpcl-confims In a major step towards resuming operations five years after the plant was shut, NNPC Ltd will complete test runs at the Port Harcourt refinery this month, the company said yesterday.

“Testing will conclude shortly, ensuring the refinery’s efficient operation. That phase will be completed this month,” NNPC spokesperson Femi Soneye said.

The refinery, which is undergoing an upgrade, will begin by processing 60,000 barrels per day, and NNPC expects to operate at the full capacity of 210,000 barrels per day later this year.

Port Harcourt is among Nigerian state-owned refineries that have been mothballed for years, but which the government is trying to revive to end the country's reliance on imported refined products.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 07:26:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
The New Nigeria Under President Tinubu By Fredrick Nwabufo https://belimedia.com.ng/FG,-Tinubu,-Fredrick-Nwabufo https://belimedia.com.ng/FG,-Tinubu,-Fredrick-Nwabufo The new Nigeria under President Bola Tinubu is one not shackled by atavism, dogma, and primordialism. It is a Nigeria defined by the purest ideals of fairness, equality, and justice. It is a Nigeria run on the eternal H20 of unity, purpose, and shared vision. It is a Nigeria of immense promise.

President Tinubu has been relentless in spreading the pollens of positivity, unity, and truth, fecundating minds and thoughts and mobilising consciences towards his vision. Leadership must possess the facility to inspire trust for the collective vision, and this agency the administration is galvanising. During the Christmas holidays, on different platforms, the President dispatched his accustomed statesmanship and statescraftship. He held seminal meetings where he reiterated his vision for a united and prosperous Nigeria.

Speaking at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Central Mosque in Surulere, Lagos, on December 22, 2023, where he went to observe Jumaat prayers marking the centennial anniversary of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADS), the President reaffirmed his avowed essence, declaring that he would always be fair to all Nigerians and that his administration remained committed to advancing the unity of Nigeria, as well as ensuring the welfare and prosperity of all citizens.

''We are committed to enthroning a better society for our citizens irrespective of ethnic, religious, or geographical differences. The various policies already in place are expected to bring great succour to our people. We know their pains, and we are addressing them holistically," he said.

In his sanctuary, the President held meetings with a rich blend of Nigerians across the divide, and across groups and persuasions – in his true aspect as a President blind to the polarising profiles of colour, complexion, class, and provincial stratification. A President for all.

Among those, who visited the President were governors, political leaders, business figures, and a whole gamut of Nigerians. Governor Alex Otti of Abia State, one of the governors who visited, said after a meeting: “One thing is that he has a very courageous, unifying policy; the exchange rate and then removing subsidy, which actually had become a scam and costing us a lot of money. Those policies are good but then they come with the negative sides. They come with challenges for an economy where over 60 percent of the population is living below the poverty line. So, it’s not going to be easy, immediately. But I believe that if we are patient and if we go through the policies without compromising, over time, things will turn around.”

The Tinubu administration has been making deliberate, sincere, concerted, and sustained efforts to engender national cohesion. The principal ingredients for national or social cohesion are justice, fairness, equity, and trust, and these the leadership is advancing. The staunchest advocate of national cohesion and unity is the President who seizes every opportunity to declare truth, togetherness, and fairness.

In his New Year’s address, the President reprised his true form, declaring that he would always give every Nigerian equal opportunity to thrive and prosper. The President said: ‘’Fellow Nigerians, my major ambition in government as a Senator in the aborted Third Republic, as Governor of Lagos State for eight years and now as the President of this blessed country is to build a fair and equitable society and close the widening inequality. While I believe the rich should enjoy their legitimately earned wealth, our minimum bargain must be that any Nigerian that works hard and diligent enough will have a chance to get ahead in life. I must add that because God didn't create us with equal talents and strengths, I cannot guarantee that we will have equal outcomes when we work hard. But my government, in this new year 2024 and beyond, will work to give every Nigerian equal opportunity to strive and to thrive.’’

The new Nigeria under President Tinubu is not one manacled by the isms -- classism, sexism, and schisms. It is a Nigeria where citizens can thrive and prosper irrespective of demographic or geographic divergences; where women and the youth are prioritised, where hard work is rewarded and where any citizen can reach the pinnacle of his calling by sheer industry.

The new Nigeria under President Tinubu is not one characterised by insouciance and obduracy. It is a Nigeria where the leadership is attuned to citizens, focalising the welfare of the vulnerable and the most vulnerable segments of the population.

The new Nigeria under President Tinubu is a Nigeria rekindling hope with potent actions in the promises of a greater today and tomorrow. It is a Nigeria of possibilities. We can be better; we can be greater. We can be united. We can come together.

The new Nigeria under President Tinubu is a Nigeria we all have to support and work for. We all have our part to play in the Nigeria Project.

Fredrick Nwabufo is Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Engagement

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 07:15:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
Aruna Quadri Loses To Fan, Out Of WTT Finals https://belimedia.com.ng/aruna-quadri-loses-to-fan-out-of-wtt-finals https://belimedia.com.ng/aruna-quadri-loses-to-fan-out-of-wtt-finals Nigeria’s highest ranked table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, has exited the World Table Tennis Men’s finals in Doha following a 0-3 (6-11 9-11 4-11) defeat to World number one, Zhendong Fan.

The quarterfinals game at the Lusail Sports Arena on Thursday saw the Chinese dominate the game.

Aruna, the World number 16, came close in the second set but Fan showed class and claimed victory.

The Nigerian had earlier defeated World number five, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano 3-2 in the Round of 16 before facing Fan in the Quarter finals.

The World number one will meet his compatriot Lin Gaoyuan, world number seven in the semi finals on Friday.

The tournament expected to end on Friday has a prize money of 340,000 US dollars.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:51:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
EFCC Rejects Three Weeks Extension Request By Former Minister, Asks Her To Appear Within Three Days For Interrogation Or Risk Being Declared Wanted https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-rejects-sadiyas-request https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-rejects-sadiyas-request EFCC rejects three weeks’ extension request by Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Commission yesterday asked her to appear before its team within three days for interrogation or risk being declared wanted.

A source said: “In her letter, she asked the EFCC to give her three weeks to attend to her health before honouring the commission’s investigation. The letter was delivered by her counsel on Wednesday.

“But the EFCC said it cannot delay the investigation for three weeks. It has given the ex-minister three days to appear or risk being declared wanted.

“Olukoyede has put a new system in place such that you can appear before EFCC detectives and sleep in your home the same day. There is no need to panic at all.

“We are expecting her; our team is on standby. Even if she requires medical help, we will avail her of our first-class facility.”

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:43:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
Femi Adesina To Launch Book Titled ‘Working With Buhari’ https://belimedia.com.ng/femi-adesina-to-launch-book-titled-working-with-buhari https://belimedia.com.ng/femi-adesina-to-launch-book-titled-working-with-buhari A book by former special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, entitled: Working with Buhari, is set to be launched on Tuesday, January 16 in Abuja, with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu expected as special guest of honour.

The event, which would be held at the Transcorp Hilton, could be the first time that former President Buhari and his successor, President Tinubu, would appear publicly together after the handover on May 29, 2023.

Also expected at the event are former head of state and chairman of the occasion, General Yakubu Gowon, while the co-chairman would be General I.B.M Haruna, among other dignitaries.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:34:38 +0100 Jan Bulo
Bill To Establish 47 New Federal Universities Scales Through Second Reading https://belimedia.com.ng/bill-to-establish-47-new-federal-universities-scales-through-second-reading https://belimedia.com.ng/bill-to-establish-47-new-federal-universities-scales-through-second-reading The number of federal-owned universities in Nigeria may hit 99 in the coming months as a bill to establish 47 new ones has scaled through the second reading.

This is just as about 56 bills have passed for the second reading to establish Federal Medical Centres in different parts of the country.

The House is also considering various bills to establish about 32 Federal Colleges of Education, 11 Federal Colleges of Agriculture and five Federal Polytechnics in addition to the already existing institutions.

In addition to the 52 federal universities, there are 22 federal medical centres, 27 federal colleges of education and 40 polytechnics in Nigeria.

Some of the bills were either passed in the 9th Assembly but did not get the required concurrence at the Senate to scale through or were not signed by the President.

When established, some of the institutions will include Universities of Science and Technology, Agriculture, Aviation, Medicals, and Engineering, among others.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:26:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
Police Dismiss Two Inspectors For Armed Robbery, Illegal Duty https://belimedia.com.ng/police-dismiss-two-inspectors-for-armed-robbery-illegal-duty https://belimedia.com.ng/police-dismiss-two-inspectors-for-armed-robbery-illegal-duty The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Mohammed Ali, has ordered the dismissal of two Police Inspectors, Sunday Adetoye and Ogunleye Stephen.

The men who were attached to Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos, according the zone, were for involvement in armed robbery, official corruption and illegal duty. Their dismissal followed an Orderly Room trial.

Inspectors Adetoye with Force number 279495 and Stephen with Force number 223521, alongside two members of a Vigilante Group, identified as Semiu Afisu and Abidoye Femi, a driver identified as Charles John were accused of attacking a residence in Obada- Oko community in Ogun State, at about 10 pm, on November 23, 2023.

Armed with two Submachine SMG rifles and live ammunition, they were alleged to have searched the apartment belonging to one Taiwo Monsuru and Akintola Sunday, without a warrant. They allegedly and stole five iPhones, one Samsung smartphone, one Tecno smartphone and two laptop computers.

Commenting on the development, the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Umma Ayuba, said, “Police officers attached to Ifo Division mounted a roadblock after other residents of the apartment informed them of the incident, with the description of the vehicle. That led to the apprehension of the occupants of the vehicle, without ASP Ajayi Victor who led the illegal operation. He is currently at large.

“The AIG has directed that the dismissed officers be charged to court alongside the civilians involved, while he urges all officers and men of the force to remain professional in the discharge of their duties by the law, as anyone found wanting will be accountable for his or her action or inaction.”

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Fri, 05 Jan 2024 06:17:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
‘Nigerians Have Made Us Proud’ CEO Of First Islamic Digital Currency, Sidra Coin Acknowledges Nigerian Community As Front Foot Soldiers in Closed AMA Session https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-have-made-us-proud-says-al-jefairi https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-have-made-us-proud-says-al-jefairi In a recent closed-group AMA session on WhatsApp, Mohammed Al Jefairi, the CEO and founder of Sidra Coin, commended Nigerian Sidranians for their pivotal role as the front foot soldiers of the Sidra Coin project. Al Jefairi expressed gratitude and emphasized the importance of their contribution to the success of Sidra Coin.

During the session, Al Jefairi reassured the global Sidra community, urging patience and calm as the team is diligently working on refining the selfie video and P2P verification processes. He conveyed optimism about the final stages of development and hinted at the imminent launch of Sidra Coin.

In addition to the CEO's remarks, the Sidra Core Team issued a warning to Sidranians regarding circulating information and controversies surrounding Sidra Coin. They urged the community to rely solely on official information provided through Sidra's official social media channels. The team emphasized the significance of sticking to verified updates to avoid misinformation.

Addressing the concerns about the coin's valuation, Al Jefairi stated that Sidranians would have visibility into the price of Sidra Coin upon the completion of their individual verification stages. This move aims to enhance transparency and build trust among the Sidra community.

As the project progresses towards its anticipated launch, Sidranians worldwide remain hopeful, fueled by the CEO's acknowledgment and the team's commitment to delivering a successful and user-friendly experience. The Sidra community eagerly awaits further developments as the cryptocurrency venture enters its final phases.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 21:41:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
Matawalle Presents Versions Hi&Tech Unmanned Water Vessels To President Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/matawalle-presents-versions-hi-tech-unmanned-water-vessels-to-president-tinubu-45357 https://belimedia.com.ng/matawalle-presents-versions-hi-tech-unmanned-water-vessels-to-president-tinubu-45357 The Honourable Minister of State for Defence Presents Versions Hi-Tech Unmanned Water Vessels to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu. 

Some of the key importance of this includes: 

1. Enhanced Security Measures:

The acquisition and deployment of the S3 Swift Sea Stalker and S2 Swift Striker contribute significantly to strengthening Nigeria's security apparatus, providing advanced capabilities for combating terrorism and addressing security challenges in crucial maritime regions.

2. Technological Advancement:

The project introduces cutting-edge technology through Hi-Tech Unmanned Water Vessels, showcasing Nigeria's commitment to staying at the forefront of defense innovation. This not only enhances operational effectiveness but also positions the country as a technologically advanced player in the global defense landscape.

3. International Collaboration for Defense:

 Collaboration with military industries in the USA, such as Swift Ships Company and OCR Global, reflects a strategic international partnership. This not only facilitates the acquisition of advanced military hardware but also promotes diplomatic ties, fostering cooperation in addressing shared security concerns between Nigeria and the USA.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 21:02:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Approves Appointment Of New Executive Directors In Two Agencies https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-approves-appointment-of-new-executive-directors-in-two-agencies https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-approves-appointment-of-new-executive-directors-in-two-agencies President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of new Executive Directors in two (2) agencies under the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy:

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA):

(A) Ms. Vivian C. Richard Edet — Executive Director, Finance & Administration (NPA)

(B) Engr. Olalekan Badmus — Executive Director, Marine & Operations (NPA)

(C) Engr. Ibrahim Abba Umar — Executive Director, Engineering & Technical Services (NPA)

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

(D) Mr. Jibril Abba — Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services (NIMASA)

(E) Mr. Chudi Offodile — Executive Director, Finance & Administration (NIMASA)

(F) Engr. Fatai Taye Adeyemi — Executive Director, Operations (NIMASA)

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 20:54:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
FG Confirms Talks Are In Place With Chinese Firm To Build A New Steel Plant In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-confirms-talk-with-chinese-firm https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-confirms-talk-with-chinese-firm The Federal Government has said it is holding discussions with a Chinese firm to build a new steel plant in Nigeria and commence the building of military hardware in Ajaokuta Steel Plant.

To this end, the Federal Government has sent a delegation, led by the Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Audu; the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Steel Development, Dr. Mary A Ogbe, to the Luan Steel Holding Group in Hefei and Guangzhou Regions of China.

Audu, in a statement in Abuja Thursday, by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Salamatu F. Jibaniya, said that the trip to China is one of the steps taken to realise the goals of reviving the steel industry in Nigeria which is in line with the Renewed Hope’ Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Audu said that work has commenced to create an operational steel industry that would attract billions of dollars of foreign direct investments into the country, open up the nation’s economy and create hundreds of thousands of job opportunities, which form the core of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

He further noted that building military hardware in Ajaokuta Steel plant is also timely, considering that Nigeria is faced with security challenges, adding that: “This would help in the fight against insecurity and terrorism.

“We had very meaningful discussions with the Chairman of Luan Steel Holding Group, Mr Wang Jianbing, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Xiao Weizhan, and other senior executives of the Luan Steel Holding Group.

“Like several other international and local investors, Luan Steel Holding Group has indicated interest in setting up a new steel plant in Nigeria, as well as handling a component of the Ajaokuta Steel plant for building military hardwares in Nigeria.”

According to Audu, “The Minister of Defence and I led this delegation, which includes the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Steel Development, Dr Mary Ogbe and Sole Administrator/Managing Director of Ajaokuta Steel Company, Mr Sumaila Abdul-Akaba, to enable us have a first-hand look at the Luan steel plants before arriving at a decision and with all the commitments on ground, we are optimistic that before the end of President Tinubu’s administration, we will commence commercial steel production in some of the government-owned entities in Nigeria.”

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 20:03:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
FG Releases N50bn Of FCT's Supplementary Budget To Complete Ongoing Projects https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-releases-n50bn-of-fcts-supplementary-budget-to-complete-ongoing-projects https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-releases-n50bn-of-fcts-supplementary-budget-to-complete-ongoing-projects The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, says the Federal Government has released N50bn of FCT’s supplementary budget to complete ongoing projects.

The minister disclosed this on Thursday during an inspection of projects in the nation’s capital.

He also expressed the ministry’s readiness to collaborate with other security agencies to install closed-circuit television cameras in the FCT to harness the security situation in the nation’s capital.

In late 2023, the National Assembly approved N61. 55 billion FCT supplementary budget following the passage of the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation Bill for the FCT.

N12.90 billion of the approved sum is for overhead costs (recurrent expenditure), while N48.65 billion is for capital projects.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 19:58:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
We Are Still On Our Mandate Of Pulling 50 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty Within 42 Months, Says Betta https://belimedia.com.ng/we-are-still-on-our-mandate https://belimedia.com.ng/we-are-still-on-our-mandate The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, reaffirmed her commitment to the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at pulling 50 million Nigerians out of poverty within 42 months.

According to a statement issued by the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Rasheed Zubair, Dr Edu, during a meeting held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, with members of the staff of the Ministry, the present administration’s resolve towards giving vulnerable Nigerians a new lease of life.

To achieve this, the Minister disclosed that in the coming weeks, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, will flag off many more social intervention schemes, including the ‘End Hunger and Code Nigeria programme’, ‘Grow Nigeria’, and revitalise most programmes under the ministry and its agencies.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister tasked all the staff and stakeholders with the need for renewed vigour to enable the administration to meet the set target of pulling millions of Nigerians out of poverty and humanitarian challenges.

While soliciting collaboration, cooperation, and support geared towards pulling vulnerable Nigerians out of poverty.

“She reiterated President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s commitment to eradicating poverty and reducing humanitarian challenges within the life of his administration.

“And today, the 2nd of January 2024, we are back in the office working. The reason is simple: We must deliver on our mandate.

We have a mandate to pull 50 million Nigerians out of the city within 42 months, and all of us must commit to it,” the minister said.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 19:52:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
NYSC Explains How Undercover Journalist Breached Its System & Got Mobilised For The Scheme Even After Serving In 2019 https://belimedia.com.ng/how-umar-audu-served-twice https://belimedia.com.ng/how-umar-audu-served-twice The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has explained how an undercover reporter Umar Audu breached its system and got mobilised for the scheme even after serving in 2019. 

The spokesman of the NYSC Eddy Megwa explained that the reporter used different phone numbers to beat the system.

“It is not that we don’t have checks and balances in place to detect possible breaches of the system. When the undercover reporter first put in his data, the system rejected him because he had served in the scheme before. He later changed his email address and his phone number which made the system to accept him. And he was initially posted to Osun State,” 

“He did that because he was out for a particular purpose. We are looking at the situation and ensure that it does not happen again. We don’t have a database of graduates to serve in the scheme. We only rely on the lists sent to us by the senates of the various universities stating the number of graduates to expect from them”.

When asked how the NYSC can guide against such in the future, the NYSC spokesman said: “It is not our duty to assess their certificates, but we have resorted to inviting foreign students and giving them tests to know their abilities.

“In the course of doing that, we have made startling discoveries. Ask some of them to write a simple essay, you will be surprised at what you get. I have some of such materials that I can show you. NYSC is an elite scheme, not for illiterates and the means of communication is English Language.

“In 2006, the then DG of NYSC, Brig.- Gen. Yusuf Momoh, went to an orientation camp and asked a supposed corps member the title of his final project, the answer he gave was incredulous, and further investigation revealed that his name was smuggled into the list of graduates from a particular university.”

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 19:45:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
Step By Step Guide On How To Switch Your Wallet Address From Ethereum To Binance Smart Chain In Order Not To Miss Ice Network January Tokens Distribution https://belimedia.com.ng/how-to-switch-ice-wallet-address-from-ethereum-to-bsc https://belimedia.com.ng/how-to-switch-ice-wallet-address-from-ethereum-to-bsc Ice Network in an official announcement via its X account and other Socials this afternoon made it known to the public to Ice Network Miners the latest switch on wallet address for its token distribution which is set to commence this Month.

Snow Men had earlier been directed by Ice Network Core Team to link their Ethereum (ERC 20) wallet address to their Ice Network accounts. They as well instructed their community to use only address from Non Custodial Wallets such as Trust Wallet, Metamask, OKx Web 3 Wallet, e.t.c.

All these were done in preparation for Ice Network partial launch on Uniswap, which will enable eligible Ice Network miners who have passed their KYC 1 and 2 to swap their Ice Tokens for other Coins on the available DEX or for fiat after swapping.

A very good percentage of Ice Network miners weren't comfortable with the idea of using Ethereum addresses and the Uniswap ideology as well. This is due to the usual hike in gas fee on the Ethereum Blockchain which will give Ice Network miners serious obstacles when time for Swapping their Ice Tokens on Uniswap or the available DEX arrives.

The community without hesitation initiated a strong move, calling on the attention of Ice Network Team to look for possible options that will put smile on the faces of its Miners.

Surprisingly, today, the Ice Core Team announced the switching of wallet address for token distribution from Ethereum (ERC 20) to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). This development boosted the believe, love and support Ice Network miners have for the Ice Network Core Team and the Ice Project at large.

Below are steps to follow for switching of your Ice Network Tokens distribution wallet address from Ethereum (ERC 20) to Binance Smart Chain (BSC)

Step 1: Update your Ice Network App from your App Store.

Step 2: Launch your Trust Wallet, Metamask, OKx Web 3 Wallet or any other Non Custodial Wallet.

Step 3. Search for Binance Smart Chain (BSCX on Trust Wallet) and tap on it.

Step 4. Tap on the receive button to display your BSC wallet address.

Step 5. Copy your BSC wallet address.

Step 6. Launch your Ice Network App.

Step 7. Locate the column for submitting wallet address on your Ice Network Dashboard and tap on it.

Step 8. Paste your BSC wallet address and confirm.

And there you GO! You're done with the submission of your BSC wallet address for Ice Network Token Distribution.

Ice Network will this month commence the distribution of its token to Ice Network miners for swap. This will be done on Monthly basis till October 2024 when Ice Network will be launching its mainnet. Snow Men will receive a partial percentage of their Ice Tokens this month with accurate calculations to follow in subsequent months.

NOTE: Only those who have passed their Ice Network KYC 1 and 2 are eligible to receive their Ice Tokens. Make sure you do the needful by doing your KYC and binding your BSC wallet address as soon as possible and you're good to go.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 17:35:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Ahead of January Distribution, Ice Network Shifts Coin Distribution to Binance Smart Chain (BSC) in Response to Community Feedback https://belimedia.com.ng/ice-shifts-to-bsc https://belimedia.com.ng/ice-shifts-to-bsc Ahead of Ice Network January Coin Distribution and also in an effort to align with user preferences, Ice has heeded community feedback and executed a strategic move—shifting its coin distribution from Ethereum to Binance Smart Chain (BSC). This decision is poised to enhance user experience and cater to the needs of the growing Ice community.

Existing users on OKX Wallet, Metamask, and Trust Wallet can seamlessly use their current addresses on the BNB Smart Chain, streamlining the transition process. To ensure a smooth user experience, Ice encourages its community members to update their app to the latest version promptly.

If you are part of the Ice Network, take action now and update your app to benefit from the latest features and functionalities.

This groundbreaking development marks a significant milestone for Ice, reinforcing its commitment to user satisfaction and adaptability within the dynamic blockchain landscape.

Stay tuned for further updates as Ice continues to evolve its ecosystem on the Binance Smart Chain.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 15:54:06 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Betta Edu Fingered In N3bn NSIPA Fraud Scandal; A Tissue Of Lies, Spurious Allegation To Divert Anti&Graft Agency's Attention, Says Spokesperson https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-betta-edu-fingered-in-n3bn-nsipa-fraud-scandal-a-tissue-of-lies-spurious-allegation-to-divert-anti-graft-agencys-attention-says-spokesperson https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-betta-edu-fingered-in-n3bn-nsipa-fraud-scandal-a-tissue-of-lies-spurious-allegation-to-divert-anti-graft-agencys-attention-says-spokesperson In response to recent claims implicating Dr. Betta Edu, the Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, in a purported N3 billion fraud scandal involving the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), her office has vehemently dismissed the accusations.

The Minister's spokesperson, Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair, categorically labeled the allegations as "spurious" and orchestrated by unidentified individuals seeking to tarnish Dr. Edu's reputation amidst the ongoing anti-graft agency investigation into NSIPA.

While acknowledging the usual practice of not dignifying unfounded claims with a response, the Minister's office emphasized the necessity of setting the record straight. They highlighted the prevalence of fake news circulating on social media platforms and the need to clarify facts for the public and followers of the NSIPA developments under the Ministry.

Contrary to the allegations, the Minister's office asserted that Dr. Betta Edu had never requested or withdrawn any funds, especially the quoted N3 billion, from the NSIPA's coffers during her four-month tenure. The office also clarified that the National Social Register (NSR) verification process, cited in the allegations, had received approval from both the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The verification exercise led to the expansion of the NSR, with subsequent payments directly facilitated by the Central Bank of Nigeria to beneficiaries. The press release emphasized that all programs initiated by the Ministry, including the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and Grants for Vulnerable Groups (GVG), had secured approval from the President.

The Minister's office maintained that Dr. Betta Edu bears no responsibility for the ongoing leadership issues at NSIPA and urged the media, both online and conventional, not to associate her with the investigations. The statement concluded with a reminder of the Minister's commitment to President Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to uplift vulnerable Nigerians and alleviate poverty.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 14:33:33 +0100 Jan Bulo
Over 100,000 Individuals To Benefit From Tinubu Government's N25,000 Renewed Hope Cash Transfer https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-to-benefit-from-cash-transfer https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-to-benefit-from-cash-transfer No fewer than 102,650 persons in 1,969 communities across the 18 local government areas of Edo State will benefit from the second phase of President Bola Tinubu government’s ‘Renewed Hope Cash Transfer’.

The General Manager, Social Investment Programme in Edo State, Yuwa Aladeselu, said this at a one-day refresher training of local government cash transfer facilitators in Benin City on Wednesday, January 3.

Aladeselu stated that the Renewed Hope Cash Transfer of the Federal Government is under the National Social Safety Nets Project Scale-Up.

The Edo State SIP boss, who said the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, was interested in any intervention that would help or provide succour for the poor and vulnerable, noted that the state had a social register of over 1.6 million persons.

She added that about 314,000 households were captured in the register which also includes persons living with disability, among others.

In her remarks, Head, Edo State Cash Transfer Unit, Flora Bossey, said over 12,108 beneficiaries were enrolled and paid during the first phase of the programme implementation in the state in 2022.

Bossey said 40,647 beneficiaries had been paid N25,000 across the 18 local government areas in the state, including those who have bank accounts, that were drawn from both the National Social Register and Rapid Response Register.

She said the cash transfer was in line with the vision of the Federal Government to provide 15 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians under the Expanded National Social Safety Nets Programme Scale-Up.

Bossey also said the programme includes the Extended Regular Cash Transfer in rural areas across the country as well as transfers to existing beneficiaries that were yet to reach 12 cycles of payment to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy.

On his part, the Enrolment Officer/ Beneficiaries Management Officer of the National Cash Transfer Office, Mohammed Adams, said the training was to ensure that the facilitators find the biodata of a total of 101,404 persons who do not have valid bank accounts and enrol them to receive the renewed hope cash transfer.

“All beneficiaries will receive their funds directly through interoperable transactional accounts/wallets thus leading to significant financial inclusion of the beneficiaries.

“We all know that times are hard; this intervention is to deliver support to those who need it most,” he said.

He, however, enjoined the facilitators to do their best to find the beneficiaries and capture them for the programme, noting that no one should be left behind.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 14:15:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
Sadiya Pleaded For More Time, Saying She Had Health Challenges, She Didn't Shun Our Invitation, EFCC Clarifies https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-pleaded-for-more-time https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-pleaded-for-more-time The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified that former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, did not deliberately ignore their invitation for questioning, as initially reported.

Following Umar-Farouq’s no-show on January 3rd, there were claims of her shunning the investigation into a N37.1 billion alleged fraud linked to a contractor named James Okwete.

However, the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, has now dispelled these reports.

“It is true that she didn’t show up,” explained Mr. Oyewale, “but she sent a letter pleading for more time, explaining that she had some health challenges.”

He also explained that the N37.1 billion being branded might not be a correct figure for the money misappropriated by the ministry

”On the figure that is being branded, I cannot categorically confirm the figure because it is an ongoing thing, We are still tracing all the transactions here and there. It may be more than that.

”We can’t publish a figure now until we finish the tracking, and it may be more than what is being brandished now,” he said

The former minister, who served under the administration of former president Muhammadu Buhari, was scheduled to report at the EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, at 10:00 am on January 3, 2024. She, however, did not show up, leaving the investigators waiting for over eight hours. There was no official communication from her or her representatives explaining the absence.

The EFCC had written Umar Farouq to appear for questioning in furtherance of the ongoing probe.

“Hajia Sadiya didn’t show up at our office today for interrogation. In fact, she kept interrogators waiting for hours. Meanwhile, our operatives may arrest her this week and bring her in for questioning if she fails to show up tomorrow,” an official of the EFCC had told The Punch.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 13:52:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Super Eagles Begins Preparation For AFCON 2023, See Full List Of Players That Made It To The Training Camp In UAE Today https://belimedia.com.ng/super-eagles-begin-afcon-preparation https://belimedia.com.ng/super-eagles-begin-afcon-preparation Super Eagles of Nigeria had their first training session in UAE today ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations that'll be taking place in Ivory Coast.

The squad which participated in the training session comprises of three goalkeepers, nine defenders, five midfielders, and eight forwards.

Earlier, head coach Jose Peseiro named a 40-man provision squad list for the contest but made a meticulous decision to select the best players for the tournament.

Captain Ahmed Musa also made a comeback into the squad after being sidelined during the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

Below are players who took part in the crucial training session today:

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabili (Chippa United, South Africa), Francis Uzoho (Omonia, Cyprus), Leke Ojo (Enyimba, Nigeria).

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong (PAOK, Greece), Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Ola Aina (Nottingham Forest, England), Zaidu Sanusi (Porto, Portugal), Bruno Onyemaechi (Boavista, Portugal), Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England), Calvin Bassey (Fulham, England), Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista, Portugal), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey).

Midfielders: (England), Raphael Onyedika (Club Bruges, Belgium), Joe Aribo (Southampton, England), Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England), Alex Iwobi (Fulham, England), Alhassan Yusuf (Antwerp FC)

Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy), Moses Simon (Nantes, France), Ademola Lookman (Atalanta, Italy), Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy), Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor, Turkey), Sadiq Umar (Real Sociedad, Spain).

The three times African Champions will be Kick-starting their AFCON journey on Sunday, 14th January, 2024 against Equatorial Guinea.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 12:26:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
‘Nigerians are crying already, Don't Wait Till They Start Stoning You’: Primate Ayodele Sends Crucial Message To Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-are-crying https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-are-crying The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has once again urged President Tinubu to solve the economic hardship faced in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele warned Tinubu to treat the economic situation of the country as top priority because it keeps getting worse by the day.

The cleric stated that there will be massive protests if the president doesn’t solve the problems. He claimed that people are hungry and salary earners can no longer sustain themselves with what they get.

The cleric said: “If Tinubu doesn’t get to work immediately and find a way to solve our economic issues, there will be massive protests. The people are crying already, salary earners are not satisfied and it will get to a state where governors will not be able to pay salaries again.

“Don’t wait till they start stoning you and every politician before working, you need to do something now; there is serious hunger in the land. It will also affect some African nations. The president should do the needful.”

Primate Ayodele had earlier recommended five solutions for President Tinubu to savage the economic situation of the country.

“Government of Nigeria must work on five things in 2024 which can make the country to be great: (1) Stable light, (2) Improve security and buy more weapons, (3) Development of infrastructural facilities, (4) Agriculture (plenty of food) and (5) Create employment,’’ the cleric stated.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 11:11:31 +0100 Jan Bulo
26 Secret Codes Every Android User Must Know https://belimedia.com.ng/26-secret-codes-every-android-user-must-know https://belimedia.com.ng/26-secret-codes-every-android-user-must-know Knowing Android secret codes can be useful for accessing hidden features, troubleshooting issues, and gaining more control over your phone's settings.

These codes provide shortcuts to various functions, diagnostics, and information that may not be easily accessible through the regular user interface.

They can help you optimize performance, identify problems, and customize settings to enhance your overall experience with your Android device.

However, use these codes with caution, as some may impact system settings or data if not used properly.

Below is the list of 26 secret codes every android user must know:

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 10:51:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
Who Is Alhassan Yusuf, The 23 Year Old Kano&born Extraordinary Midfielder, Who Replaced Super Eagles Injured Star Wilfred Ndidi For AFCON? https://belimedia.com.ng/who-is-alhassan-yusuf https://belimedia.com.ng/who-is-alhassan-yusuf Alhassan Yusuf, the talented Nigerian midfielder, has been making waves in the European football scene and is now set to replace Wilfred Ndidi in the Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Born on July 20, 2000, in Kano, Nigeria, Yusuf's journey in football is both inspiring and remarkable.

Early Beginnings

Yusuf's football journey began at FC Hearts in Nigeria. His talent was recognized early by the Tiki Taka Development Group, a Swedish-based academy with operations in Nigeria. This academy played a pivotal role in shaping his career, providing him with the opportunity to showcase his skills in Europe at the prestigious Gothia Cup. 

It was at this tournament, particularly the 2017 edition, that Yusuf's abilities shone, catching the attention of IFK Göteborg. His impressive performance in the Gothia Cup, a tournament known for featuring some of football's greatest talents like Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo, led to a trial and eventually a permanent move to IFK Göteborg.

Rise to Prominence

Yusuf quickly made a name for himself at IFK Göteborg. His exceptional skills on the field earned him the Allsvenskan Young Player of the Year in 2019, a testament to his remarkable talent and hard work.

His performances were characterised by his ability to dictate games with accurate and quick passing, as well as his defensive prowess. These skills not only showcased his versatility as a midfielder but also drew comparisons to renowned players like N’Golo Kanté.

A New Chapter at Antwerp

In 2021, Yusuf's career took a significant leap when he signed with Belgian club Royal Antwerp. The transfer, valued at around €1 million, was a testament to his growing reputation in European football.

At Antwerp, Yusuf continued to impress, becoming a mainstay in the midfield and even capturing the Player of the Month award in one of the seasons. His market value soared, indicating his rising status in the football world.

A Star on the International Stage

While Yusuf has not yet been capped for the Nigerian national team, his inclusion in the provisional list for AFCON speaks volumes about his potential and the expectations placed on him. His performance in the UEFA Champions League, where he scored on his debut, further cements his status as a player of international calibre.

Alhassan Yusuf's journey from a young talent in Nigeria to a rising star in European football is a story of determination, skill, and passion. As he steps in to replace Ndidi for AFCON, all eyes will be on him to see if he can translate his club's success to the international stage. 

His story is not just about football; it's about the potential of youth and the boundless opportunities that come with talent and hard work.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 10:39:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
Former President Of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma To Arrive Nigeria Today On Political Asylum https://belimedia.com.ng/former-president-of-sierra-leone-ernest-koroma-to-arrive-nigeria-today-on-political-asylum https://belimedia.com.ng/former-president-of-sierra-leone-ernest-koroma-to-arrive-nigeria-today-on-political-asylum The Former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma would be arriving Nigeria on Thursday on political asylum.

The former President who was investigated for his role in a botched coup d’etat and was found culpable of complicity.

A signed public notice by Sierra Leonean Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah stated that: “On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, in front of Magistrate Santigie Bangura at Magistrate Court #2, the Republic of Sierra Leone charged Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for his alleged role in the failed coup of November 26, 2023.

The notice added that: “The former President is charged with four offences, including treason, misprision of treason, and two counts of harbouring.”

In what seems like avoiding the former President’s disgrace and perhaps imprisonment, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) succeeded in getting political asylum for him in Nigeria, where he is expected to be harboured for some time.

A letter by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray addressed to the present President of Sierra Leone, Julius Bio under the headline: “Temporarily Relocation of Former President to Abuja” requested for the former President to be allowed to travel to Nigeria.

The letter written on January 2, 2024 with Presidents, Bola Tinubu (Nigeria), Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana) and Macky Sall (Sierra Leone) copied read: “I refer to the mission to Freetown on 23 December of the high-level ECOWAS delegation led by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Republic of Ghana, and His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal.

“I am please to inform Your Excellency that as part of the agreement reached during the mission, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has offered to host His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, Former President of Sierra Leone, in Abuja  on a temporary basis. The former President has accepted the offer to be hosted in Nigeria.

“Subject to your approval, arrangements will be made to fly Former President Koroma out of Freetown on Thursday 4 January 2024. He will be accompanied by his office manager and personal assistant.”

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 09:33:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Minimum Wage: FG Has Violated Our Agreements...Our Hope Yet To Be Renewed, Says TUC https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-has-violated-our-agreement-says-tuc https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-has-violated-our-agreement-says-tuc The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has asked the federal government to implement all agreements reached with organised labour in 2023, especially the national minimum wage. 

On October 1, President Bola Tinubu approved N35,000 as the provisional wage increment for all treasury-paid workers for six months as part of an agreement reached with the labour unions to avoid a nationwide strike due to the removal of the petrol subsidy.

Festus Osifo, TUC president, said the union had strived to ensure that social dialogue with the federal government prevailed.

He, however, said the federal government has failed to implement basic agreements with labour, saying “Our hope is not renewed yet”.

Osifo spoke in a New Year message jointly signed with Nuhu Toro, secretary-general of the union, on Wednesday.

He said organised labour had insisted that the October 2, 2023 agreements between the unions and the federal government be notarised by the court.

“However, government has serially violated the agreements. For instance, Item two states clearly that: ‘A minimum wage committee shall be inaugurated within one month from the date of this agreement’,” he said.

“Today, three months after, no such committee has been set up and this is our experience with this government in at least two previous agreements reached from June.

“TUC has resolved to demand of the Tinubu administration that in 2024, all agreements between labour and government should be implemented.

“This include the payment of the monthly N35,000 Wage Award to Public Servants in the Local Government, State and Federal services.

“These must be implemented until a new National Minimum Wage is implemented.”

Osifo said a new minimum wage must be negotiated, implemented, and if further delayed in the year, arrears must be paid.

He noted that inflation, which was running at 28.2 percent, must be drastically reduced to the Sub-Saharan African regional average of 9.4 percent.

The TUC president urged governments at state and federal levels to stop “the unnecessary, economically-unwise and unpatriotic tradition of taking loans”.

“This is especially when these loans only end up being used to purchase thousands of expensive jeeps for legislators, pampered members of the Executive and their spouses, among others,” he said.

He urged the government to stop “its ill-advised devaluation of the national currency”, adding that the move has led to mega inflation in the import-dependent economy.

The TUC president also called for drastic reduction in the price of petrol to repair the damage done to the economy and by ensuring local production of refined products.

Osifo added that the security of Nigerians should be the yard stick with which to determine whether the military, security chiefs and others should remain in office or be replaced.

He urged Tinubu to sanction officials for serious security breaches such as the Plateau killings.

He also said community policing should be prioritised alongside the mobilisation of the citizens to defend themselves against bandits.

“The Year 2024 holds a lot of promise for us all provided Nigerians, as a people, would unite and assert our authority over all powers,” he said.

“These include the Nigerian ruling class manning all branches, levels, institutions and organs of government.”

In December 2023, the federal government said a new minimum wage regime would take effect from April 1, 2024.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 07:41:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: EFCC to Arrest Buhari’s Minister over Alleged N37.1bn Fraud https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-efcc-to-arrest-buharis-minister-over-alleged-n371bn-fraud https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-efcc-to-arrest-buharis-minister-over-alleged-n371bn-fraud A former minister of humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, faces imminent arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating N37.1 billion during her tenure.

Farouq, wife of former Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, refused to honour the EFCC’s summons to answer questions about the suspicious funds allegedly diverted through a contractor, James Okwete.

The former minister who served under the administration of former president Muhammadu Buhari was to voluntarily appear before investigators at the EFCC’s headquarters on Wednesday.

“Hajia Sadiya didn’t show up at our office today (Wednesday) for interrogation. In fact, she kept interrogators waiting for hours. “Meanwhile, our operatives may arrest her this week and bring her in for questioning if she fails to show up tomorrow (Thursday),” the Punch Newspaper quoted an EFCC official as saying.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 07:29:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
Subsidy ‘Entirely’ Removed, NNPCL Says As It Denies Dispute With Marketers https://belimedia.com.ng/subsidy-entirely-removed-nnpcl-says-as-it-denies-dispute-with-marketers https://belimedia.com.ng/subsidy-entirely-removed-nnpcl-says-as-it-denies-dispute-with-marketers The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited says it did not clash with any party over petrol subsidy removal.

Media reports, on Wednesday morning, had said the national oil company clashed with oil marketers over whether the federal government was paying subsidy on petrol or otherwise.

In a terse statement shared with TheCable, the oil firm denied having such a fallout with oil marketers.

“The publication sought confirmation on alleged subsidy reduction, to which NNPC responded that subsidy has been entirely removed,” Olufemi Soneye, NNPC’s chief corporate communications officer, said.

In his inauguration speech in May 2023, President Bola Tinubu had announced that “petrol subsidy is gone”.

However, the full implementation of the policy has been mired in doubts, with the World Bank arguing that the subsidy removal was partial.

But on October 9, 2023, Mele Kyari, NNPC’s group chief executive officer (GCEO), said the federal government was not making any under-recovery payments.

He had also said the national oil company was recovering its full cost from imported products.

“No subsidy whatsoever. We are recovering our full cost from the products that we import. We sell to the market,” Kyari said.

“We understand why marketers are unable to import. We hope that they begin to do so very quickly and these are some of the interventions government is making. There is no subsidy.”

On October 21, 2023, Tinubu had said the removal of subsidy on petrol was imperative to prevent Nigeria’s collapse.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 04:39:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Argentina To Honor Messi After Retirement By Retiring No. 10 Jersey https://belimedia.com.ng/argentina-to-honor-messi-after-retirement-by-retiring-no-10-jersey https://belimedia.com.ng/argentina-to-honor-messi-after-retirement-by-retiring-no-10-jersey Whenever Lionel Messi retires from the Argentina national team, Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia said he intends to make sure no player ever wears the No. 10 shirt again for the Albiceleste.

“When Messi retires from the national team, we will not allow anyone else to wear the number 10 after him,” Tapia said at a press conference over the weekend. “This number 10 will be retired for life in his honor. It’s the least we can do for him.”

Though retiring jersey numbers at the club level is fairly normal, it’s less common in the international game — and for good reason.

FIFA regulations require players to wear all numbers from one to 23 during official competitions. In other words, if Argentina is committed to retiring the No. 10, then it would have to play every tournament after Messi’s retirement missing one player on the roster.

There’s also the question of whether the most iconic jersey number in the game really belongs to any single player — even one as great as Messi.

Diego Maradona made the No. 10 shirt iconic with Argentina, and subsequent playmakers like Juan Román Riquelme followed in his footsteps until Messi made the number his own. If post-Maradona players could aspire to become Argentina’s No. 10, why couldn’t post-Messi players do the same?

Argentina actually attempted to retire the No. 10 shirt in Maradona’s honor more than 20 years ago, a request that was rejected by FIFA. It’s hard to imagine this time around will be any different.

Messi cemented his status as an Argentine legend in 2022, winning the World Cup to go along with the Copa América title he won the previous year. Though he’ll turn 37 this year, Messi is still very much central to the Argentina national team’s plans at the current moment.

Last month, the Inter Miami star said he was taking his national team career day by day and though he’s not closing the door on another World Cup in 2026, he is only focused on the 2024 Copa América in the United States.

After previously claiming the 2022 World Cup would be his last, though, Messi is now pushing for 2026 and a sixth World Cup appearance.

“I’m going to arrive at an age that I normally wouldn’t be able to play in the World Cup. I said that I don’t think I’m going to be there,” he told Star+. “It seemed that after the World Cup I was retiring and quite the opposite — now I want to be there more than ever.”

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 04:32:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
“More Money Is Leaving Nigeria Through Gambling Than Is Coming In” Reno Omokri Says As He Calls On Tinubu To Ban Betting In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/reno-omokri-calls-on-tinubu-to-ban-betting https://belimedia.com.ng/reno-omokri-calls-on-tinubu-to-ban-betting Reno Omokri, a sociopolitical activist, has called on President Bola Tinubu to ban all forms of sports betting in Nigeria urgently.

Omokri said placing a ban on sports betting would improve the conditions of most Nigerians and make the naira grow.

Posting on X, he charged the president to authorise the Nigerian Communications Commission to ban betting applications and revoke the licences of all physical sports betting operators.

Omokri, who quoted the National Lottery Trust Fund. lamented that “$1 billion is spent on gambling daily in Nigeria.”

His tweet read, “President Tinubu can immediately improve the economic conditions of most Nigerians and make the Naira grow by issuing an Executive Order authorising the Nigerian Communications Commission to ban sports betting apps from the App Store of any GSM Internet Service Provider in Nigeria and revoking the licenses of any physical sports betting operators in Nigeria. It makes better sense than Buhari’s draconian #TwitterBan.”

The former Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan stated that an average Nigerian spends “$15 daily on sports betting and other types of gambling.”

Omokri noted that despite the high rate of gambling in the country, the “vast majority of that amount” is leaving the shores of the country into foreign nations, compared to the nation’s externally generated revenue.

“This is scary. How much is our GDP that we are pissing it away like that? More money is leaving Nigeria through gambling than is coming in,” he wrote.

Omokri cautioned., “The Naira can never sustain its rally under such circumstances.”

The tweet stated further, “There is such an epidemic of gambling in Nigeria and it is destroying Nigerian youths. $1 billion is spent on gambling daily in Nigeria, according to the National Lottery Trust Fund. Please fact-check me.

“The average Nigerian spends $15 daily on sports betting and other types of gambling, with the vast majority of that amount leaving our economy and going to places like Russia, South Africa, and Europe. The Naira can never sustain its rally under such circumstances.”

Omokri, in his post, further urged Tinubu to “act on such a matter as threatening to our national security as this gambling epidemic.”

He also condemned the illegal means through which some Nigerian youths sought money “to fund their gambling habit.”

Multiple sources reports that the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo, said the Federal Government would find a lasting solution to the friction caused by revenue generation in the gaming sector.

Jisalo noted that the FG “will do all within its statutory powers to ensure the gaming industry remains on the steady path of sustainable growth and development,” while speaking at the 2023 International Gaming Conference held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos State, on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

The Fund’s Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Bello Maigari, appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Monday, November 20, 2023, stated that the Fund, in 2023, generated N2.5 billion, noting however that the entire sum had been spent in the execution of various projects across the country.

The money, he said, was generated from statutory remittances from licenses and permit holders.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 04:17:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
NUC Releases Full List Of 37 Illegal Universities Operating In Nigeria, Shuts Them Down For Violating Nigeria's Education Act https://belimedia.com.ng/nuc-releases-full-list-of-37-illegal-universities-in-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/nuc-releases-full-list-of-37-illegal-universities-in-nigeria The Acting Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki, says the commission has identified at least 37 illegal universities operating in Nigeria.

See full list in image below:

The Federal Government had announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, January 2, signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education.

FG also said it will extend the sanction to Uganda, Kenya and Niger Republic. And it will as well go after Nigerians using fake certificates from foreign countries to secure opportunities in the Country.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 04:01:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
NNPCL Debunks Rumours Of N1200 Per Liter, Assures Nigerians Of No Increase In PMS Price https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpc-debunks-rumours https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpc-debunks-rumours The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd has assured the public that there is no imminent increase in the cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.

In a statement signed by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd, Olufemi O. Soneye, the petroleum company urged Nigerians to disregard unfounded rumours and assures them that there are no plans for an upward review of the PMS price.

Motorists nationwide are advised against engaging in panic buying, as there is presently ample availability of PMS across the country.

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Thu, 04 Jan 2024 03:47:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
We Will Go After Nigerians With Fake Certificates From Foreign Countries Already Using Them To Secure Opportunities In Nigeria & Tahir Mamman https://belimedia.com.ng/we-will-go-after-nigerians-with-fake-certificates-from-foreign-countries https://belimedia.com.ng/we-will-go-after-nigerians-with-fake-certificates-from-foreign-countries Security agents will go after Nigerians with fake certificates from foreign countries already using them to secure opportunities in the country, Education Minister Tahir Mamman has said.

He described such individuals as criminals and not victims. “I have no sympathy for such people. Instead, they are part of the criminal chain that should be arrested,” the minister said sternly.

“If along the line, we can trace that there are people already in the system. For instance, if a particular institution or operator has been operating, say in the last 10 years, we will check if we can get records of Nigerians who attended that institution.

“Once we do that, they are criminals and you know there is no timeframe to criminality. We will trace them. As long as we can lay our hands on their institutions and they are right here with us, certainly, the security agencies will go after them because they are criminals”

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Wed, 03 Jan 2024 21:06:29 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar&Farouq, Shuns EFCC Invitation For Alleged Money Laundry Probe https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-shuns-efcc https://belimedia.com.ng/sadiya-shuns-efcc Former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, on Wednesday, shunned an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission probing the N37.1bn allegedly laundered during her tenure in office through a contractor, James Okwete.

Umar-Farouq kept interrogators waiting for over eight hours on Wednesday without an official communication to the commission as to why she didn’t honour the invitation.

The interrogation team had to close from work at about 6pm when they were certain that the former minister was not going to show up.

“We just closed from work now because she didn’t show up today, and it’s 6pm already. It’s certain that she’s never going to show up today,” the source said.

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Wed, 03 Jan 2024 20:46:55 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Suspension Of Accreditation And Evaluation Of Degree Certificates To Be Extended To Uganda, Kenya And Niger Republic, FG Confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-suspension-of-accreditation-and-evaluation-of-degree-certificates-to-be-extended-to-uganda-kenya-and-niger-republic-fg-confirms-45315 https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-suspension-of-accreditation-and-evaluation-of-degree-certificates-to-be-extended-to-uganda-kenya-and-niger-republic-fg-confirms-45315 Following the suspension of accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo, the Federal Government has said the sanction would be extended to more countries like Uganda, Kenya and Niger Republic.

“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo,” Education Minister Tahir Mamman said on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday. “We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up.”

The Federal Government yesterday, had announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, January 2, signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education.

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Wed, 03 Jan 2024 20:30:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Federal Government Of Nigeria Suspends Evaluation And Accreditation Of Degrees Certificates From Benin Republic And Togo https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-federal-government-of-nigeria-suspends-evaluation-and-accreditation-of-degrees-certificates-from-benin-republic-and-togo https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-federal-government-of-nigeria-suspends-evaluation-and-accreditation-of-degrees-certificates-from-benin-republic-and-togo The Federal Government has announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, January 2, signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education.

According to the Duru, the decision followed an investigative report by Daily Nigerian Newspaper titled “UNDERCOVER: How DAILY NIGERIAN reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks” published last week. By Umar Audu 

The federal government lamented that “some Nigerians deploy nefarious means and unconscionable methods to get a Degree with the end objective of getting graduate job opportunities for which they are not qualified”.

According to the statement, the suspension persists pending the outcome of an investigation involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education of Nigeria and the two countries as well as the Department of State Security Services (DSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).

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Tue, 02 Jan 2024 11:48:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu Suspends NSIPA Boss, Halima Shehu https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-president-tinubu-suspends-nsipa-boss-halima-shehu https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-president-tinubu-suspends-nsipa-boss-halima-shehu President Bola Tinubu has suspended Mrs Halima Shehu, the National Coordinator and chief executive of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA).

The president approved Shehu’s suspension with immediate effect and ordered her replacement.

According to reports, her replacement is Dr Akindee Egbuwalo, who will be in the position of acting capacity for now.

This action comes merely three months after her confirmation for the appointment by the Senate.

Shehu worked as the National Coordinator of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, using her banking and career expertise to see to the digitalisation of the programme.

The former banker worked at the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development from 2017 to 2022.

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Tue, 02 Jan 2024 11:01:58 +0100 Jan Bulo
FG To Spend N100 Billion On School Feeding Programmes In 2024  https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-to-spend-n100-billion-on-school-feeding-programmes-in-2024 https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-to-spend-n100-billion-on-school-feeding-programmes-in-2024 President Bola Tinubu has disclosed that the recently approved 2024 budget includes N100 billion allocation in school feeding programmes for school children across the country.  

He made this statement during the signing of the 2024 appropriation bill into law in the State House in Abuja.  

The president stated that the provision will serve as a stimulant to encourage attendance in schools and reduce the problem of out-of-school children.  

“One of the priority areas of the bill we just passed is the N100 billion provision for the feeding of school children. I believe that it is a stimulant that will encourage school enrolment and also address malnutrition among school children.  

“I will be meeting with local government at sub-national levels so that we can collaborate and jointly implement an all-inclusive programme,” the president said.  

The president also confirmed that the budget, christened “Renewed Hope” is anchored on reducing the recurrent expenditure, but increasing capital expenditure.  

The president noted that the budget also reflects his administration’s attempt to reduce the deficit from 6.11% to 3.88%.  

He said,  

“The budget is anchored on reducing the deficit and increasing capital expenditure, particularly in our priority areas. The approved 2024 budget achieved both objectives.  

“It contains a good increase in the capital side, a reduction in recurrent expenditure. And it brought down the deficit from 6.11% to 3.88%.” 

Earlier in December, President Bola Tinubu had announced the reintroduction of the school feeding programme and mandated its transfer from the Humanitarian Ministry to the Education Ministry. 

The programme, previously halted under former President Muhammadu Buhari, will now fall under the Education Ministry’s purview, aiming to not only provide nutritious meals to pupils but also encourage attendance and enhance learning.  

President Tinubu believes this relaunch is crucial in “checking the learning crisis” and fostering a better educational environment for all children. 

Speaking on the development, the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, said that the goal of the program is, “to figure out how to put all of the policies created to address the issues into practice and assign accountability to various organisations in charge of solving the issue.” 

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Tue, 02 Jan 2024 05:59:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
NNPCL Delivers Another One Million Barrel Of Crude Oil To Dangote Refinery As Production Set To Go Underway https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpcl-delivers-another-one-million-barrel-of-crude-oil-to-dangote-refinery-as-production-set-to-go-underway https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpcl-delivers-another-one-million-barrel-of-crude-oil-to-dangote-refinery-as-production-set-to-go-underway NNPCL has delivered another one million barrel of crude oil to Dangote Refinery for commencement of production. 

The consignment is the fourth fresh one million barrel of crude oil that has been supplied to the refinery in the last few weeks.

The refinery is scheduled to receive six million barrels of crude oil before commencement of production.

A press statement that the company issued yesterday said: “Preparations are in top gear for the commencement of production in Dangote Refinery, as the petrochemical company has received the fourth crude shipment of, one million barrels of bonny light crude supplied by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), and expecting the fifth crude shipment, anytime from now.

“The fresh one million barrels of crude was the fourth consignment to be delivered to the Dangote facility out of the six million barrels of crude being expected by the world’s largest single-train refinery.”

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Tue, 02 Jan 2024 03:19:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Woman Gives Birth To More Than Two Babies On New Year Day In Enugu, Calls On Nigerians To Come To Her Aid https://belimedia.com.ng/woman-gives-birth-to-more-than-two-babies-in-enugu https://belimedia.com.ng/woman-gives-birth-to-more-than-two-babies-in-enugu Woman gives birth to triplets on New Year’s day in Enugu

A woman, Joan Orajiobi, from Nnewi in Anambra, has given birth to a set of triplets in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Orajiobi delivered two girls and a boy in a private hospital, the Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity at No 1 Mbanugo Street, Coal Camp, Enugu State.

Speaking to the press from the hospital, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said when she became pregnant in May 2023, she was made aware it would result in a triplet.

She added that the labour started on Saturday, but she visited the hospital on Sunday, and on Monday, she delivered the triplet.

 Ọmọ Nàìjíríà Sọ̀rọ̀ Nípa Ètò Ẹ̀yáwó Akẹ́kọ̀ọ́ Lọ́dọ̀ Ìjọba Àti Owó Ilé-ìwé Tó Gbẹ́nu Sókè | Punch

“I am a hairdresser, I had two girls already before this pregnancy occurred in May but I never knew I was pregnant for a triplet until the scan said I was carrying twins.

“So today, around 7 am God gave me a January gift and New Year Bonanza and throughout the period of this pregnancy, the babies were not giving me challenges.

“I even carry the pregnancy to do customer’s hair only that my legs do swell. People will be telling me to go and rest but I kept struggling to do the work to find what my family will eat,” she said.

She, however, called on Nigerians to come to her aid, saying it would be difficult for her and her husband to take care of the babies.

“I am pleading to Nigerians especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra State, Gov. Peter Mbah and Chukwuma Soludo, and Nigerians to come to my rescue.

“They should come and assist us with anything they wish to do for us. The doctor said the triplet would cost us N450,000 because I delivered through the Caesarian Section.

Also speaking, her husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hail from Obiofia in the Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he felt excited when the scan showed that his wife was pregnant with twins but never knew it was a triplet.

“I have two kids girls before and I never planned to have triplets before God surprised us.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what I can cater for alone,” he pleaded.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2024 17:46:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tinubu Signs N28.7 Trillion 2024 Budget Into Law https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-signs-n287-trillion-2024-budget-into-law https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-signs-n287-trillion-2024-budget-into-law President Bola Tinubu has signed the N28.7 trillion 2024 Budget into law.

He assented to the 2024 Appropriation Bill at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday.

Among those with the President while he signed were the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Tajudeen Abbas.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Abubakar; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, were on hand as well.

Also on the ground were the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje; Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, among others.

Tinubu signed the budget hours after he arrived in Abuja from Lagos where he spent the past week holidaying.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2024 15:59:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Ondo Gets A New Governor, Hours After The Passing Away Of Rotimi Akeredolu https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-ondo-gets-a-new-governor-hours-after-the-passing-away-of-rotimi-akeredolu https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-ondo-gets-a-new-governor-hours-after-the-passing-away-of-rotimi-akeredolu Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has officially been sworn in as the new Governor of Ondo State.

This is coming after his predecessor, Rotimi Akeredolu passed away in the early hours of today.

Mr Akeredolu died at about 2 a.m on Wednesday at a German hospital where he was receiving treatment, a senior government official in Ondo State said.

He died of leukemia and prostate cancer, two ailments that had made him incapacitated for several months.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 17:19:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
All You Need To Know About Governor Akeredolu, His Death And More https://belimedia.com.ng/all-you-need-to-know-about-governor-akeredolu-his-death-and-more https://belimedia.com.ng/all-you-need-to-know-about-governor-akeredolu-his-death-and-more The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has been confirmed dead.

Mr Akeredolu died at about 2 a.m on Wednesday at a German hospital where he was receiving treatment, a senior government official in Ondo State said.

He died of leukemia and prostate cancer, two ailments that had made him incapacitated for several months.

Below are his achievements during his lifetime:

Rotimi Akeredolu SAN

21st JULY 1956, 67yrs old

Lawyer

Politician

Life Bencher

Co-founder, Olujinmi & Akeredolu Law Firm 

1978: B.L

1977: LLB, OAU

2017-2023 : Ondo State Governor

2014: APC Interim Chairman

2010-2012: Member, NJC

2008-2010: President of NBA

2008-2010: Member of Council, Int'l Bar Association

2008-2010: Member of Council, Pan-African Lawyers Union

2005-2006: Chairman Legal Aid Council

1997-1999: Attorney-General & Commisioner for Justice, Ondo State

1997-1999: Member, Council of Legal Education

1998: Senior Advocate of Nigeria

1992-1994: Vice Chairman, NBA Ibadan Branch

1988-1989: National Publicity Secretary, NBA

1985-Till date: National Executive Council of NBA

1985-1986: Secretary, NBA Ibadan Branch

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 13:33:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Ondo Governor, Akeredolu Is Dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-ondo-governor-akeredolu-is-dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-news-ondo-governor-akeredolu-is-dead Governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu has passed away after Prolonged Battle With Leukemia

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 09:44:34 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Former House of Assembly Speaker, Ghali Na’abba is Dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-former-house-of-assembly-speaker-ghali-naabba-is-dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-former-house-of-assembly-speaker-ghali-naabba-is-dead Former speaker of the House of Assembly, Ghali Umar Na’abba is dead.

Na’abba died on Wednesday morning at the National hospital in Abuja after a brief Illness.

He was aged 65.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 06:40:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
Igbos Have Accepted Tinubu As Their President & Ohanaeze https://belimedia.com.ng/igbos-have-accepted-tinubu-as-their-president-ohanaeze https://belimedia.com.ng/igbos-have-accepted-tinubu-as-their-president-ohanaeze The Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo said the Igbos have accepted Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as their president.

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu stated.

Iwuanyanwu said, “Igbos in all the various states in Nigeria have now accepted Tinubu as our president, and we have pledged, and I say that on behalf of our people, that we are going to give Tinubu every support. 

“But we expect Tinubu to look at this problem we have. We expect him to solve this problem which all of us are talking about.”

The Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo leader has appealed to the president to use his constitutional right as the President of Nigeria to release the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, despite the order from the Supreme Court.

Iwuanyanwu said the release of Nnamdi Kanu will help the security operatives to differentiate between those fighting for Kanu’s freedom, and criminals operating under the guise of protests for Kanu’s release, so they can restore peace in the South-East.

He said, “I, as a leader of Igbos, after consultation with my people, we all agree that there was no reason why Nnamdi Kanu should be incarcerated, no reason why he should be detained. 

“He didn’t serve any risk. Rather, his release will help Nigeria, will help the security agencies to differentiate who is a criminal and who is a very honest and dedicated Nigerian. Because many criminals hide under the fact that Nnamdi Kanu is in detention and continue to unleash heinous crimes on our people in South-East.

“As you have already noticed, some people stay outside Nigeria and from time to time, mobilise armed robbers, armed gunmen, even declare sit at home. And of course, you know our people are mercantile people, people who are commercial. 

“Most of the people live from day to day, from hand to mouth. And when these people are restrained from getting out to do their business, they suffer a lot of hardship. So, we believe that if Nnamdi Kanu is released, it will make the job of security very easy. All of us cannot be saying that he should be released without a just cause.”

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023 06:35:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
FCT High Court Restrains Pauline Tallen From Holding Public Office Until She Within 30 Days Apologises Publicly For Disrespecting The Court https://belimedia.com.ng/high-court-restrains-pauline-tallen https://belimedia.com.ng/high-court-restrains-pauline-tallen The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has restrained the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, from holding public office unless she, within 30 days, apologises publicly for disrespecting the court.

The court, presided over by Justice U.P. Kekemeke ruled that the injunction would become perpetual if Tallen, who served under former President Muhammadu Buhari, refused to apologise within the time given by the court.

The Nigerian Bar Association had in December, 2022 disagreed with Tallen, who was a minister at the time, for describing as “a kangaroo judgment that should be rejected by well-meaning Nigerians” the decision of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/YL/12/2022 in Mallam Nuhu Ribadu vs All Progressives Congress (APC) & 2 Ors delivered on October 14, 2022.

The NBA demanded an apology from the minister, failing which it would approach the court.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023 06:32:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
Banditry Will Soon Be History In Zamfara & Matawalle https://belimedia.com.ng/banditry-will-soon-be-history-in-zamfara-matawalle https://belimedia.com.ng/banditry-will-soon-be-history-in-zamfara-matawalle The Minister of State Defence, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said that all the needed but formidable arrangements to commence military assaults on bandits’ enclaves across Zamfara State have been concluded. Says Banditry will soon be history in Zamfara.

Matawalle made the assertion in an audio that went viral, saying that, whatever is needed for the military personnel to competently conquer bandits and kidnappers within shortest time which included high-powered fighting equipment and devices for easy identification of bandits’ enclaves and their movements were provided.

The Minister further disclosed that, amongst the provisions made by the ministry of defence were the satisfied welfare and other immediate demands that boost the morale of the troops at war front, only that the renewed operations are expected to denied any chance for bandits to breath across Zamfara State.

He informed that, the recent military operation in Zurmi local government area where bandits launched attack on innocent citizens has been marked as sign of victory as bandits were in their large numbers got neutralised and many people under captivity have been rescued.

“We have directed our gallant troops to, henceforth, for the sake of urgency, identify and clamp on bandits’ enclaves even without ‘On-the-Spot’ order from what we called ‘The Top’, capture them on target and hit them heavily to the extent they could not have any hiding place in the bushes.

“And on the issue of welfare for the troops, there would be no complain again as witnessed before, that one has been well treated with a view to encourage them to be well focused and embark on their missions until Zamfara is banditry-free.

“So far, bandits that disturb peace in Zurmi, Kaura Namoda, Maru and other marked places have been displaced with a record that number of notorious leaders were killed while their enclaves have been destroyed, number of abducted were rescued and number of firearms recovered”, Matawalle further disclosed.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023 06:26:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
All You Need To Know As National Assembly Looks Forward To Passing The 2024 Budget Of N27.5tn On Saturday https://belimedia.com.ng/national-assembly-may-pass-2024-budget-on-saturday https://belimedia.com.ng/national-assembly-may-pass-2024-budget-on-saturday The National Assembly may pass the 2024 budget of N27.5tn on Saturday as the about 541 ministries, departments, and agencies of the Federal Government conclude their defence.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Adeola Solomon, on Monday, said the Senate would resume plenary on Wednesday.

According to him, his committee has opened its secretariat, where all sub-committees of the Senate will submit their reports.

Adeola said the Senate was not going to fail on the December 31, 2023 deadline.

He said, “Today, we formally opened the secretariat to all chairmen of committees and their secretariat to start the defence of their respective budget of their MDAs before the Committee on Appropriations.

“Let me use this medium to call on all committee chairmen that we have a deadline and we will and we are working audaciously hard to ensure we meet that deadline.

“And I want to implore my colleagues, to please, be readily available to receive their reports. We don’t want to act on any ministry or agencies of the government without not having the input of their respective committees from the chairmen of the various committees.”

Adeola noted that if the chairmen of committees refused to submit their budget by the deadline, the Appropriation Committee would allocate funds to the agencies based on its discretion.

He expressed confidence that the committee on appropriation would submit its report on Thursday, adding that the budget would be passed on Saturday.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023 06:24:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
Uba Sani Presents Draft Budget Of N458.271 Billion, Promises To Benefit Everyone https://belimedia.com.ng/uba-sani-presents-draft-budget-of-n458271-billion-promises-to-benefit-everyone https://belimedia.com.ng/uba-sani-presents-draft-budget-of-n458271-billion-promises-to-benefit-everyone Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State on Monday presented a draft budget of N458.271billion to the State House of Assembly for 2024, promising, “it will benefit everyone.”

The governor, who addressed newsmen shortly after the budget presentation said it was tagged, “Budget of Rural Transformation and Inclusive Development”, adding that, it will prioritize critical sectors.

Mr Sani said the budget was focusing on education, health , rural and economic development as well as security, infrastructure and human capital development.

“We also hope on revitalizing the economies of rural areas where we will put a lot of money trying to bring development of our rural areas in Kaduna state.

“This is key, if we really want to reduce the level of poverty and also create jobs.

“We also allocated huge amount of money in agriculture because we believe agriculture is very important in the state; this will improve productivity and create jobs,” he said.

The governor reiterated his commitment to support hardworking entrepreneurs through social investment programmes while ensuring that the under-privileged and vulnerable groups benefited.

According to Sani, the budget was vetted in a town hall meeting before coming to the house of assembly where stakeholders actively participated and contributed in the budget process.

He added, “We try as much as possible to also include most of the inputs we received during the town hall meeting that is the reason why I believe this budget is a budget that involves virtually everyone.”

The proposal consists of of N318.837 billion as capital expenditure and N139.435 billion as recurrent expenditure, representing a capital to recurrent ratio of 69.57 per cent to 30.43 per cent.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023 06:19:09 +0100 Jan Bulo
2023 Is The Year Of Renewed Hope, 2024 Will Be A Greater Year Of Manifest Hope & SSA To Tinubu On Public Engagement, Fredrick Nwabufo https://belimedia.com.ng/the-year-of-renewed-hope https://belimedia.com.ng/the-year-of-renewed-hope The year of Renewed Hope, by Fredrick Nwabufo

It has been months of bold decisions, strategic re-engineering, and studied statecraftship. The expectations effusive, the yearnings harkened, the promises certain, and the hope ever so sure. Nigeria is in planned drive under an ambidextrous and masterful pilot, President Bola Tinubu, and destined for majesty.

The road has not been without a few bumps, but the journey is as exhilarating as the promise of a propitious destination. We are soldiering through and through, and soon, we will glide into a cruise. Nigeria is in very safe hands.

In just six months, Nigeria’s economy is on a rebound; insurgency and terrorism retreating, and our contracted global reputation resurging. The job is not yet done. A lot more will be done. But the process that will lead to a concatenation of auspicious outcomes has begun.

2023 has been the year of Renewed Hope. 2024 will even be a greater year of Renewed Hope, with some of the plans and programmes of the administration coming to fruition. Already, initiatives and polices such as the Renewed Hope Grants for Poor and Vulnerable Persons; the Presidential Conditional Grant Programme; the Presidential Palliative Loan Programme; The 3MTT programme and other digital economy programmes; the food security scheme, tax reforms, CBN reforms, and many others have come on stream – and still maturing. But 2024 will be a greater year of renewed and manifest hope.

In this year of Renewed Hope, Nigeria decoupled from the ponderous yoke of petrol subsidy.

In this year of Renewed Hope, Nigeria’s credit rating improved, with global financial services firms forecasting a reinvigorated economy in the coming months.

In this year of Renewed Hope, insurgency and terrorism in the south-east and in the north-east receded.

In this year of Renewed Hope, Nigeria received pledges of investments worth over $14 billion from a single event – the G20 Summit in India.

In this year of Renewed Hope, Nigeria saved over N1 trillion in just two months of removing petrol subsidy.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the federal government approved 50 percent input subsidy for wheat farmers for dry-season farming to boost productivity.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the Tinubu administration launched the food security plan to cultivate 500,000 hectares of farmland across the country to produce essential grains such as rice, maize, wheat, as well as other crops.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the Tinubu administration embarked on a diligent reform of Nigeria’s tax system, setting up the Tax and Fiscal Reforms Committee to drive reforms, streamline tax administration, improve and expand collection, and revitalise the economy.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the CBN introduced effective monetary policies, clearing a significant amount of foreign exchange forwards backlog, and initiating the ongoing unification of foreign exchange rates.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the federal government addressed some of the critical concerns of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In this year of Renewed Hope, Nigeria launched a well-defined and articulate foreign policy, anchored on Democracy, Development, Demography, and Diaspora (4Ds).

In this year of Renewed Hope, the Tinubu administration charted a clear direction and a palpable path to the promised land for Nigeria.

In this year of Renewed Hope, the foundation upon which the triumph of subsequent years rests stands firmly ensconced.

2024 comes with great expectations and promises, especially as the Budget of Renewed Hope will begin running its course in the New Year. An understated element of the proposed budget is the allocation to health and social welfare -- N1.33 trillion. A clear prioritisation of the nation’s engine.

The administration is strengthening Nigeria’s health sector through targeted and robust investments. To mitigate the cost of healthcare, the ministry of health and social welfare is redesigning the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) to boost access to essential healthcare services as outlined in the National Health Act (2014). Also, a constituent of a more muscular health agenda is to increase the number of functional primary healthcare centres (PHCs) from 8,809 to 17,618 by 2027 across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The prices of some pharmaceuticals are spiralling, and the government is raptly attentive to the concerns of Nigerians. Professor Ali Pate, coordinating minister of health and social welfare, recently announced that the government would establish a mechanism for the pooled procurement of critical pharmaceuticals in 2024. This initiative, he said, aims to mitigate costs and guarantee quality, making essential medications more affordable for Nigerians.

 ” In the medium term, Mr. President’s initiative to unlock the healthcare value chain will see Nigeria manufacturing increasing share of its generic drugs, medical devices, and associated content, such as vaccines over time. This will reduce our dependency on those only keen to exploit our markets,” he said.

2023 is the year of Renewed Hope. 2024 will be a greater year of manifest hope.

Fredrick Nwabufo is Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Engagement

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:59:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
Government Can Earn N10 Trillion From The Assets Yearly To Fund Developmental Programmes & Taiwo Oyedele https://belimedia.com.ng/government-can-earn-n10-trillion-from-the-assets-yearly-to-fund-developmental-programmes-taiwo-oyedele https://belimedia.com.ng/government-can-earn-n10-trillion-from-the-assets-yearly-to-fund-developmental-programmes-taiwo-oyedele The Chairman, Presidential Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms Committee, Taiwo Oyedele, lamented the general laxity towards FG’s assets across the country estimated at N100Tr.

He said, the government can earn N10 trillion from the assets yearly to fund developmental programmes, if managed properly.

Oyedele stated this at an end-of-year cocktail party held in his honour by the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN).

“Government has not shown care at all about those assets such that they are being mismanaged. Imagine that you become more efficient with a hundred trillion assets alone. Even if you get a return of 10 per cent per annum, that is N10-trillion revenue,” he said.

The tax expert said if the assets could not be managed properly, it should be sold off. He said some of it would give FX liquidity to make the private sector more productive, adding that not only would that stimulate economic activities, but would bring returns in the form of taxes.

Oyedele said while nothing has been done to the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) Act, the law of 1959 would be rewritten to make it clear that those assets, including government’s interest in enterprises, should be managed by MOFI.

Oyedele noted that the top pillar of the 75-member presidential committee was economic growth facilitation, adding that the only sustainable way to generate revenue is to grow the economy.

He said the country needed to look at impediments that make it difficult for the economy to be competitive and grow, particularly for small businesses.

Oyedele said the committee has presented its reports to the President with key recommendations to address critical economic issues ranging from exchange rate management, the impact of fuel subsidy removal, and moderation of inflation to facilitating economic growth.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:24:39 +0100 Jan Bulo
“Learning And Education Are Veritable Weapons In The Fight Against Terrorism And Criminality” & Remi Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/learning-and-education-are-weapons-against-terrorism-and-criminality https://belimedia.com.ng/learning-and-education-are-weapons-against-terrorism-and-criminality Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has declared that learning and education are veritable weapons in the fight against terrorism and criminality by individuals and communities.

Speaking Sunday at the State House, Abuja,  when she received four of the five rescued students of Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Mrs Tinubu  noted that their experience and that of other Nigerians who had been kidnapped is difficult and encouraged them that this phase will pass with the determination and tenacity of the security and intelligence forces and the support of all Nigerians. 

She expressed gratitude for the safe return of the students and commended the exemplary leadership role of the Office of the National Security Adviser and the effective coordination of law enforcement agencies who  worked diligently over the past few months to ensure their safe return and the return of every Nigerian held against their will.

The First Lady, in a release issued by her media assistant, Busola Kukoyi, said “I join a cheerful nation to welcome our beloved daughters home as you re-unite with your families.

 

“We grieved over the sad fate that had befallen you and we join your family to celebrate your safe return. Since your dreadful abduction on October 5, 2023, it has been a period of pain for you, your parents, your teachers and indeed all Nigerians. 

“Throughout this period, we have kept faith and trust in God and in our law enforcement agencies that you will return safely. Since the incident, law enforcement officers from various agencies worked tirelessly to ensure your return home. Today we thank Almighty God for protecting you and reuniting you with your loved ones”.

She assured the rescued girls of the Federal Government’s commitment and that of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) to support them psychologically and with their education as they begin their healing after more than 70 days in captivity. 

She added that it is imperative that their experience does not hinder their educational pursuits and career interest.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:21:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Bags Man Of The Year, Portrays Blueprint To Curtail Poverty https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-bags-man-of-the-year https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-bags-man-of-the-year Ngeria's President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the weekend, talked about the economic program of his administration in a brief interview with The Nation, which announced him as Man Of The Year on 17 December, as observed:  

The Nation: What do you say to millions of Nigerians battling a cost-of-living crisis caused by spiraling inflation, high petrol prices, and currency devaluation, who desperately want some relief?

Tinubu: As your President, I am deeply aware of the economic crisis's severe impact on Nigerians, and we are part of a global challenge with the rising costs of living. To help our people, my administration: is taking proactive steps. We are focused on providing financial support to businesses and ensuring the availability and affordability of staple foods, which are essential for every Nigerian family. One of our key initiatives is the provision of N25,000 monthly to 15 million households, for three months. To further support food security, we're working with our partners, local and international, to improve agricultural practices and provide essential resources to farmers.

In addition, the National Single Window Project is being implemented to enhance international trade efficiency. All these efforts are in line with our commitment to reducing the economic burden on our citizens, especially the working class and vulnerable groups. The reallocation of funds from the removal of the petrol subsidy is also a strategic move to bolster our government's finances, contributing to a stable economic environment for all.

Furthermore, in our commitment to ease the economic strain on our citizens, particularly the working class and vulnerable groups, our administration is championing the shift to cleaner energy sources. We recognize the benefits of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in providing an affordable and cleaner mass transit system. To facilitate this, we have waived the Value Added Tax (VAT) on CNG purchases. Additionally, to reduce the costs in food transportation and manufacturing, we've also waived VAT on diesel for six months.

I fully appreciate that these massively important reforms have been hard, but the dividends are already manifesting, with even more in sight. We have already seen improvements in our economic outlook, as corroborated by the likes of Fitch and Moody’s. These may seem ‘academic’ to many but the impact on investor confidence is significant.

The Nation: Many have criticized the cash transfer initiatives of your government, saying they are superficial and cannot address the level of poverty in the land. Are you still convinced about the efficacy of these programs?

Tinubu: I am steadfast in my belief in the efficacy of our cash transfer initiatives. These initiatives are a crucial part of our strategy to target and provide relief to the most vulnerable segments of our population, especially during the last three months of the year when the prices of basic items typically rise. This is not just about providing temporary support; it’s about strategically delivering assistance when it's needed most. We continue to work closely with all key stakeholders – including state governments, civil society groups, international partners, and private sector entities like telcos and fintechs – to refine these programs. Moreover, we urge all Nigerians to be mindful of the current economic situation and avoid exploiting it for abnormal profits.

In addition to these cash transfers, our administration is deeply committed to empowering micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, along with nano businesses. Significant financial support is being directed to these enterprises to foster human capital development, economic growth, and financial inclusion. For instance, through the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, we launched the 3MTT program, aiming to develop technical talent across Nigeria in fields such as software engineering and cloud computing. This program is designed not just to aid businesses but also to enable our youth to participate in the global gig economy, earning competitive wages while contributing to our nation’s growth.

Our interventions extend beyond what some may call ‘cash handouts’. They are about creating a sustainable environment where Nigerians can innovate and thrive. By focusing on sectors like digital and creative industries, we are fostering growth and job creation, harmonizing efforts between monetary and fiscal bodies to build a stronger, more resilient Nigeria."

The Nation: You have been quoted in the past promising to pay Nigerians a minimum wage they can live on. What is delaying the unveiling of the new minimum wage? How do you manage a situation where many states without the Federal Government's resources may not be able to meet whatever commitments the government at the center makes [it] to workers?

Tinubu: I understand the concerns regarding the unveiling of the new minimum wage and how states will manage these changes, especially those with fewer resources. To address this, my administration has approved a provisional increase in the federal minimum wage to N35,000 per month for six months, two months of which have already been paid. This decision follows extensive consultations with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

In managing the situation with the states, we are working closely with them to ensure the new wage structure is practical and sustainable. Each state's unique financial situation must be considered. We are focused on strategies to help states strengthen their economies, considering factors like tax efficiency and economic diversification.

We are committed to ongoing dialogues with labor unions and state governments. This collaborative approach is crucial to ensure that the new minimum wage is fair, reasonable, and implementable across all states. Our goal is to balance the economic well-being of our workers with the overall financial health of the nation.

We ask Nigerians to be rest assured that our administration will not rest until we have delivered a sustainable solution in the best interest of Nigerians.

The Nation: One feature of the last few months has been your aggressive pursuit of foreign direct investment. What are the tangible results of these shuttles around the world?

Tinubu: It is essential to place our initiatives within the broader context of our economic recovery and growth strategy. This strategy encompasses several key reforms, including the removal of fuel subsidies, the unification of the naira's exchange rates, the adoption of the customs single-window, the streamlining of our tax system, and the enhancement and diversification of our revenues. These strategic moves are designed to enhance liquidity and create a more attractive investment environment for both domestic and foreign investors, thereby stimulating sustainable growth.

FDI is not ‘chicken change’. FDI is substantial, long-term financial commitments made by serious enterprises and investors. What is happening right now is that Nigeria is re-engaging with the global market - both foreign and domestic investors. We are telling the story of our significant and far-reaching reforms and rebuilding confidence in Nigeria as an accessible and safe investment. We are clearly communicating that ‘Nigeria is open for business’ and that the direction of travel is clear and fully committed.

So far, our pursuit of foreign direct investment has been met with positive outcomes. We've secured a $500 million deal with Germany to fund renewable energy projects, particularly in rural Nigeria. Additionally, through local enterprises, Nigeria will supply LNG yearly to Germany, starting in 2026, solidifying our role as a key global energy partner. Our focused efforts to attract European FDI are yielding fruit, notably with the $116 million French investment in the I-DICE program, aimed at creating 65,000 start-ups and 150,000 jobs, particularly empowering women. As announced on the sidelines of COP28 in Dubai, we're deploying 100 electric buses nationally, affirming our commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly initiatives and creating a platform for public-private partnerships in the mass transit category. Since this announcement we have received serious requests for co-investment opportunities from within Nigeria and across the world – Europe, India, China, and the Middle East, key global markets which our administration has been energetically engaging with.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:14:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
Senate Tasks Revenue Generating Agencies To Surpass The N18.324 Trillion Set For The 2024 Fiscal Year https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-tasks-revenue-generating-agencies https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-tasks-revenue-generating-agencies The Senate, through its Committee on Finance, has tasked the various revenue generating agencies to surpass the target of N18.324 trillion set for the 2024 fiscal year.

President Bola Tinubu had last month, presented to the joint session of the National Assembly, N27.503 trillion as total projected expenditure for 2024 fiscal year, out of which N18.324 trillion is set as targeted revenue while N9.18 trillion is deficit, to be financed by internal and external borrowings as well as proceeds from privatisation.

In assessing the preparedness of the agencies ahead of the task, the Finance Committee headed by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC Niger East), had a separate interface with them in the just ended week, telling them not only to meet up with projected revenues targeted for them but surpassed them.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:09:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
Factional Speaker Martin Amaewhule Vows To Reclaim Rivers State From Sim Fubara https://belimedia.com.ng/martin-amaewhule-vows https://belimedia.com.ng/martin-amaewhule-vows Martin Amaewhule, the factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, has vowed to reclaim the state from Governor Sim Fubara.

He, hinted that there are plots to attack the Assembly Quarters on Monday(Today), insisting that no matter the attack, the lawmakers will be resolute.

Noting that the lawmakers will remain resolute because they have the mandate of Rivers people to be in the House, he insisted that their defection from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) was due to the crisis in PDP, just as they vowed to continue sitting despite pundits’ view to the contrary.

   

Amaewhule disclosed this, yesterday, while addressing state delegates at the APC dedication service and stakeholders meeting held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, stating further that they abandoned PDP for APC also because of the leadership style of President Bola Tinubu.   He claimed that the defected members followed due process and acted on section 109 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution.

   

“We made sure that we followed due process, and that we did not do anything outside the provisions of the said Constitution. It has given room for people to defect, which is in section 109 subsection 1(g), which allows serving legislators, who want to defect, to do so. There is a division in PDP. So, in line with that section, we defected to the APC,” he said. 

   

Amaewhule regretted that despite the burning and consequent demolition of the Assembly Complex, PDP never said anything nor condemned the actions of the governor.

   

“We heard that some four persons, a Committee of Friends, are meeting somewhere. But the House of Assembly has defined that the only way you can convene the House is to have a quorum. And a quorum is 11 and if it is not up to 11, anything that they do is a social club. So, whatever they are doing in the name of the Assembly is null and void.”

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:06:04 +0100 Jan Bulo
Local Airlines And Local Producers Initiates Plans Aimed At Getting Dangote Petrochemical Refinery To Priotise Diesel And JetA1 Supplies To Local Carriers And Manufacturers https://belimedia.com.ng/man-initiates-plan https://belimedia.com.ng/man-initiates-plan Local airlines under the aegis of the Airlines Operators of Nigeria and local producers on the platform of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have begun plans aimed at getting Dangote Petrochemical Refinery to priotise diesel and JetA1 supplies to local carriers and manufacturers.

The move came about one week after indication emerged that the Dangote refinery’s diesel and aviation fuel would hit the market by January 2024. This was after about one million litres of crude oil was supplied to the facility.

Months earlier, the Dangote refinery had hinted that refined petroleum products would from the facility be sold in the international market.

The Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines and spokesperson for AON, Prof. Obiorah Okonkwo, said local carriers had begun talks with the management of the refinery, expressing hope that the talks would be fruitful.

“We are talking with him and hope that it will be fruitful,” Okonkwo said while responding to an enquiry on whether local airlines had plans to begin talks on JetA1 supply with the Dangote refinery.

Also, MAN said its members were meeting with the aim of coming up with a position for possible presentation to the Dangote refinery management.

MAN President, Francis Meshioye, said that the association was meeting to determine whether an arrangement would be made with Dangote Refinery on the supply of diesel to its members.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 07:02:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
“I Am A Governor For Both The Muslims And Christians” & Uba Sani https://belimedia.com.ng/i-am-a-governor-for-both-the-muslims-and-christians-uba-sani https://belimedia.com.ng/i-am-a-governor-for-both-the-muslims-and-christians-uba-sani Kaduna State governor, Uba Sani, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to carry everyone along regardless of party or religious affiliation, adding that he will do whatever it takes to unite Kaduna people.

The governor stated this when he personally attended the Kaduna Unity Carol of nine lessons organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter at the ECWA English Service church, Sabo in Chikun local government area.

In his address to the multitude of crowd who attended the carol service, the governor declared that the era of Muslim and Christian dichotomy in the state is over.

He also declared that the era of constructing roads in some parts of the state and abandoning other area is also going to be a thing of the past, stressing that he will do whatever it takes to unite Kaduna people and ensure that dividends of democracy is felt by all.

“I have honoured this invitation today because when I was growing up, my father used to take me to every Christmas Carol and beside as a governor, I am a Governor for all both the Christians and Muslims.

“In the next few days, I will be flagging off road construction in Zone 3 like we already did in Zone 1 and will also be followed in Zone 2 subsequently, every part of the state must be carried along in development.

“In my oath-taking, I promised to be fair and just to all and I will do whatever it takes to uphold it because only fairness and equity can bring about peace and development,” he added.

The governor commended the Christian body for the rousy reception accorded him and solicited prayers for the unity of the state.

Earlier, Kaduna State CAN chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, told the congregation that unlike what was experienced before, Governor Uba has indeed shown that he is governor of all and will be fair and just to all.

He urged Christians to continue to pray for the success of this government and be obedient to its authority always as instructed by the scriptures.

In his message tagged: “Essence of Christmas”, Rev Joseph Dantata urged Christians to always reflect on the season and show love which the birth of Jesus represents.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 06:55:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigerians Are The Fastest Growing International Student Population In Canada, Apply Board Confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-are-the-fastest-growing-international-student-population-in-canada-apply-board-confirms https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-are-the-fastest-growing-international-student-population-in-canada-apply-board-confirms A report by Apply Board, a study abroad agency, says Nigerians are the fastest growing international student population in Canada.

The report said from 2017 to 2019, the Canadian government processed more student visa applications from Nigeria than any other country except India and China, but with an approval rate of less than 20 percent.

It added that four years later, in 2023, approval rates have “nearly doubled” with almost 40 percent of more than 43,000 study permit applications approved.

“Nigerian student mobility to Canada is increasing at a momentous rate. Nearly 18,000 Canadian study permits were issued to Nigerians in the first six months of 2023, more than for any other but India,” the report reads.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 08:11:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Falana Gives FG Two Weeks Ultimatum To Compensate The Victims Of Military Airstrikes In The Past Seven Years Or Face Legal Action https://belimedia.com.ng/falana-gives-fg-military-airstrikes-victims-compensation-ultimatum https://belimedia.com.ng/falana-gives-fg-military-airstrikes-victims-compensation-ultimatum Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has given the federal government a two-week ultimatum to compensate the victims of military airstrikes in the past seven years or face legal action.

Falana issued the warning in a statement on Sunday, adding that the federal government will be sued before a federal high court if the demand is not met.

Over 300 civilians, including children and women, have died in accidental bombings initiated by the Nigerian military in the past few years.

The most recent one occured on December 3 when many residents of Tudun Biri in Igabi LGA of Kaduna were killed in airstrikes said to be targeted at terrorists.

The death toll from the miscalculated airstrike in Kaduna has now reportedly surpassed 120.

Reacting to the incident, Falana, who is the chairman of Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), said there has been no justice for victims of these bombings across the years.

The human rights lawyer said after the Rann bombing of January 2017, the federal government set up a commission “mandated to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the armed forces of Nigeria as well as the extent of compliance with the rules. Part of the mandate of the commission was to also prefer means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law”.

Falana said the federal government has neither published the report nor implemented the recommendations of the commission headed by Justice Biobell Georgewill of the court of appeal.

“No doubt, the military authorities accepted responsibility for the airstrikes and claimed that the crashes were caused by ‘accidents’. But no compensation was paid to those who were injured and the families of scores of people who lost their lives in the tragic incidents,” the statement reads.

“The Commission was given 90 days for the assessment. Our law firm represented the victims of the Rann airstrike at the Commission of Enquiry. Upon the conclusion of the assignment, the Commission submitted its report.

“The Federal Government should pay adequate compensation to the victims of all airstrikes that have occurred in Nigeria in the past seven years. If our demand is not met within the next two weeks, we shall sue the Federal Government at the Federal High Court to secure the enforcement of the fundamental right of the victims to life.”

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 08:09:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
Pension Fund Administrators Announces Profit Of ₦7.98 Trillion From Investing Contributions https://belimedia.com.ng/pension-fund-administrators-announces-profit-of-798-trillion-from-investing-contributions https://belimedia.com.ng/pension-fund-administrators-announces-profit-of-798-trillion-from-investing-contributions The Pension Fund Administrators have recorded N7.98tn profit from investing contributions made by workers into their Retirement Savings Accounts under the Contributory Pension Scheme, according to a new report.

The report, from the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria,  revealed that the total funds under the CPS stood at 17.37tn as of the end of second quarter of 2023.

Contributions made by the workers from both private and public sectors stood at N9.37tn in the period under review.

The report titled, ‘At the dawn of 20 years of pension reform, what are the gains?’ and released by the Chief Executive Officer, PenOp, Mr Oguche Agudah, showed that workers’ contributions accounted for 54 percent, while the return on investment accounted for 46 percent of the entire pension funds as of the end of June 2023 from the beginning of the CPS in 2004.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 08:03:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
“I Have Special Love For APC & Would Never Work Against It”, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia Says As He Debunks News Of Him Planning To Dump APC https://belimedia.com.ng/i-have-special-love-for-apc-would-never-work-against-it-rev-fr-hyacinth-alia-says-as-he-debunks-news-of-him-planning-to-dump-apc https://belimedia.com.ng/i-have-special-love-for-apc-would-never-work-against-it-rev-fr-hyacinth-alia-says-as-he-debunks-news-of-him-planning-to-dump-apc Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, on Sunday described as “false” the insinuations that he was planning to dump the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party. He said he had special love for the APC and would never work against it.

Alia disclosed these in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tersoo Kula, in Makurdi.

The APC in Benue State chapter recently accused the governor of neglecting the party and working with opposition political parties.

It also accused the governor of recruiting and funding a five-man committee to convey false information about the state’s chapter of the party to the Presidency and the APC National Secretariat.

But Alia debunked the claims, saying he was working tirelessly to make the party proud, adding, “This unsubstantiated claim further exposes a desperate inclination on the part of the fabricators. They keep cooking media statements from rumours, trivial gossips and their whimsical imaginations, rather than relying on concrete facts.”

Reacting to the purported committee, the statement noted, “A particularly absurd claim says there is a formation and funding of a committee headed by retired Gen Lawrence Onoja and Mr Emmanuel Jime, supposedly tasked to misinform the Presidency and National Secretariat about the situation in Benue.

“That committee is also expected to spread falsehoods against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (George Akume). As a governor, l am determined to fulfill my campaign promises to Benue people. My continued funding of our party activities and expanding its stakeholders meetings in the state are eloquent testimonies of how I hold the party so dear to my heart.”

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 08:00:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
Oando Clean Energy Announces The Acquisition And Deployment Of 50 New Electric Buses, Backs FG's Initiative https://belimedia.com.ng/oando-deploys-50-new-electric-buses https://belimedia.com.ng/oando-deploys-50-new-electric-buses Oando Clean Energy, the renewable energy arm of Oando Energy Resources, has announced the acquisition and deployment of 50 new electric buses, backs FG’s initiative.

The expansion came as a reinforcement of the company’s commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s efforts in the transition to cleaner transportation solutions, the firm said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest development, disclosed at the Conference of the Parties (COP28) event in Dubai, builds on Oando Clean Energy’s earlier commitment to delivering 50 electric buses to Lagos State.

According to the company, its total fleet contribution now stands at 100 electric buses, demonstrating a substantial stride in fostering eco-friendly transportation practices nationwide.

The statement noted that the announcement followed the company’s sustainable transport initiative launched on May 24, 2023, adding that it was marked by a Proof-of-Concept collaboration with Lagos State through the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.

At a side event in the Nigeria pavilion, the company’s Executive Vice President, Ademola Ogunbanjo, spoke of the successful completion of the 90-day Proof-of-Concept phase.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 07:57:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ministry Of Works Set Up Six Regional Committees To Review All ₦1.5 Trillion Debts Owed Road Contractors https://belimedia.com.ng/dave-umahi-sets-up-committee https://belimedia.com.ng/dave-umahi-sets-up-committee The Minister of Works, David Umahi, yesterday announced that he had set up six regional committees to review all N1.5tn debts Owed Road Contractors, before May 29, 2023, and from then till date.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Uchenna Orji, said the minister gave the hint during an in-house budget defence with  directors in the ministry, in preparation for their presentation to the joint committees of the National  Assembly slated for today.

While thanking all those who handled the ministry’s budget for their commitment  to the appraisal of the budget proposal, the minister noted that the road sector needed a different kind of attention beyond the 2024 budget envelope received by the ministry.

For a developing nation like Nigeria, Umahi noted that road infrastructure development remains a catalyst for economic growth and has the potential to improve security, agriculture, trade and investment as well as health and education.

“The minister thanked President Bola Tinubu for the attention given to the ministry and his approval of  concrete pavement  in most of the 2024 projects. 

“He stated that the  ministry is committed to the development of road  infrastructure in line with the Renewed Hope agenda.

“The minister  noted the huge debts arising from unpaid certificates inherited from the past administration, which  run up to N1.5 trillion up till date and the expected contract reviews arising from inflation. These two factors are recognised in the ministry as issues that must be confronted in order to move forward.

“The minister has therefore, set up six committees of one committee per geopolitical zone to review all debts of unpaid certified certificates generated before May 29t, 2023, and from May 29, 2023 to date,” the statement added.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 07:54:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
Dangote Refinery Is Set To Start Producing Diesel And Aviation Oil In January 2024, Production Of Petrol To Follow Immediately https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-to-start-production-by-january-2024 https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-to-start-production-by-january-2024 The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is set to start producing diesel, and aviation fuel in January 2024, while the production of petrol, is being delayed by the supply of crude oil in installments.

It was gathered on Sunday that the facility would require a minimum of six million barrels of crude oil to kick-start the full production of refined petroleum products including AGO, PMS, Jet A1 and Dual Purpose Kerosene, otherwise called kerosene.

But what the refinery got last week was one million barrels of crude, while the remaining five million barrels would arrive at the $20bn facility in another five installments.

“For a 650,000bpd capacity refinery, it requires a minimum of six million barrels to start production, and what we have done now is to receive one million barrels and it is being discharged,” the company official stated.

“So it is just one million barrels for now, and that means we need to take it in installments for six times, which is six installments of one million barrels each,” the source added.

The official, however, stated that the one million barrels would lead to the production of diesel and aviation fuel, stressing that PMS, kerosene and other refined products would come as the company gets more crude cargoes.

“Ultimately, what that (the one million barrels receipt) means is that by January, maybe in the second week, we should start having diesel, after which aviation fuel will come before we now cascade to PMS,”

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Mon, 11 Dec 2023 07:50:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
NDLEA Disrupts Pre&wedding Drug Abuse Ceremony In Katsina, Nabs Groom And 25 Others Who Were At The Colosious Scene https://belimedia.com.ng/ndlea-disrupts-pre-wedding-drug-abuse-competition https://belimedia.com.ng/ndlea-disrupts-pre-wedding-drug-abuse-competition The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA operatives have disrupted a pre-wedding ceremony drug abuse competition in a community popularly known as Shola Quarters, Katsina and arrested 25 youths participating in the drug party.

Acting on intelligence, the operatives swooped on the suspects while they were busy taking turns abusing all sorts of illicit substances including a mixture of multiple drugs mixed in a plastic bucket.

Though the groom, Musa Gwandi, who organized the drug party along with his friends was not at the venue at the time the 25 others were arrested, he was however nabbed, following a manhunt for him.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2023 16:51:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Air Strike Eliminates Terrorist Kingpin Yellow Janbros, Others In Niger State https://belimedia.com.ng/air-strike-eliminates-terrorist-kingpin-yellow-janbros-others-in-niger-state https://belimedia.com.ng/air-strike-eliminates-terrorist-kingpin-yellow-janbros-others-in-niger-state Air strike undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch on Wednesday, 6 December 2023, in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State has neutralized scores of the terrorists including the dreaded terrorist and kidnap kingpin, Yellow Jambros. The terrorists met their end while attempting to cross Jikudna River in Galadima Kogo District, heading towards Wurukuvhi axis of Chikun LGA. 

Prior to the strike, Yellow Jambros and his cohorts were trailed from Zamfara State into Niger State riding 13 motorcycles along the Kaduna-Niger State border, precisely heading towards Kusasu in Shiroro LGA of Niger State. At Kusasu, 5 other motorcycle-riding terrorists joined Yellow Jambros’ convoy, bringing the total number of motorcycles to 18, which then headed to the bank of River Jikudna. At the river bank, the terrorists and their 18 motorcycles boarded a large motor-powered canoe in an attempt to cross and link up with other terrorists across the river. It was at this point that the authorization to undertake a strike was given. The precision strike was adjudged effective as it neutralized Yellow Jambros and his colleagues, destroyed their motorcycles and sank the boat.

Though it was unusual for terrorists riding in a convoy of 18 motorcycles to travel in broad daylight, it was apparent that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had assumed that air strikes were suspended following the unfortunate incident at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State and wanted to exploit the perceived window of opportunity. 

Yellow Jambros and his cohort have been responsible for several kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Road and in several communities in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States. In October 2020, a kidnapped kingpin known as Mohammed Sani, arrested by the Police in Zamfara State for murdering over 50 of his victims due to their inability to mobilize ransom claimed that he worked for Yellow Jambros, who usually supply him with fake military and police uniforms, guns and other weapons needed to execute his operation.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2023 08:42:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
We Know The Poor Are Angry, But They Should Give Tinubu The Benefit Of Doubt & VP Shettima https://belimedia.com.ng/we-know-the-poor-are-angry-but-they-should-give-tinubu-the-benefit-of-doubt-vp-shettima https://belimedia.com.ng/we-know-the-poor-are-angry-but-they-should-give-tinubu-the-benefit-of-doubt-vp-shettima Vice-President Kashim Shettima has said the poor in the country are angry with government officials and other members of the elite, who constitute the minority.

The vice-president said this at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 16 participants from different security agencies and nominees of state governments in Abuja on Saturday. The event was organised by the National Institute for Security Studies.

“All of us here belong to a tiny segment of the Nigerian population. And you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that the poor are angry with us. Go to the slums and mingle with the poor. I am a native of Maiduguri (Borno State Capital). Anytime a rich man brought a new car to his house, it (the house) used to be a place of pilgrimage.

“People (used to) go and see not out of anger, but out of admiration. But now, as we cruise around in our bulletproof cars, one will see contempt in the eyes of the poor. We have to improve the quality of governance. And what we have is a tiny window of not more than 10 to 20 years. 

Let’s improve the quality of governance.”

He also noted that creating jobs and giving hope to the populace would help curb insecurity in the country.

The VP added, “Let’s create jobs; let’s give hope to the populace. And once we create jobs, all this madness of insecurity will disappear. There won’t be Boko Haram and banditry if this is done, especially for us from the North. We can blame the bandits, but we in leadership positions owe it to posterity to address this.

“They (the poor) are the most neglected segment of our society. You can hardly differentiate between them and their animals. Even the animals they rear belong to those in the city. So, there have to be kinetic and non-kinetic solutions to all the problems. Be it the IPOB agitation in the South-East; be it the challenges in the South-South; be it Boko Haram or rural banditry in the North-East, North-West, and North-Central.”

He, however, urged the citizens to be patient with the President and support his efforts to reposition the country.

“I want to ask you to give the President the benefit of the doubt. Let us support you. Let us rally around and be reassured that he is determined to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership, and is ever ready to reposition the Nigerian nation. But without the support of you and I, he can’t do much,” the VP said.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2023 07:42:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
Abia Governor, Otti Vows To Put Forces Together In A Bid To Ensure LP Win Edo Governorship Election https://belimedia.com.ng/abia-governor-otti-vows-to-put-forces-together-in-a-bid-to-ensure-lp-win-edo-governorship-election https://belimedia.com.ng/abia-governor-otti-vows-to-put-forces-together-in-a-bid-to-ensure-lp-win-edo-governorship-election Abia State governor, Dr. Alex Otti has vowed to put forces together with the leadership of Labour Party to ensure that the party wins the coming governorship election in Edo state.

The Governor who paid a courtesy visit to Labour Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja late on Thursday was full of praises for Barrister Julius Abure leadership. He also attributed his successes in the last 7 months as Abia state governor to hard work, dedication and love for the people.

While addressing the party’s National Working Committee, the governor said, “I want to thank you for holding the party for us, fighting on the side of the Party and protecting what we know today as the Labour Party. The reality is that the law as it is today recognises only the political parties and not individuals. When you take away the party, the individual collapses, even if it is the president. That is why it is critical that we hold on to the platform upon which we are elected.

“I also want to thank you for the support you have been giving to our representatives in the national and state assemblies and my self also who happens to be the only elected governor”

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:51:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
PenCom Recovers ₦24.8 Billion Unremitted By Employers https://belimedia.com.ng/pencom-recovers-248-billion-unremitted-by-employers https://belimedia.com.ng/pencom-recovers-248-billion-unremitted-by-employers The National Pension Commission, PenCom, recovered N24.8 billion of funds unremitted by employers in the third quarter of 2023.

Oguche Agudah, chief executive officer of Pension Funds Operators Association of Nigeria, PenOp made the declaration on Friday in Lagos.

He spoke at a media parley with the theme: “At the dawn of 20 years of pension reform, what are the gains”?

Mr Agudah said PenCom recovered N23.3 billion of such funds in the third quarter of 2022, while it recovered N2.23 billion in the third quarter of 2021.

He said also that the pensions industry recorded an Asset under Management of N17.35 trillion in the second quarter of 2023.

It made investments of N349.97 billion in infrastructure in the second quarter of 2023, up from the N333.02 billion invested in the corresponding quarter of 2022, Agudah added.

Investments in infrastructure, he also said, represented 2.02 per cent of total investments made in the second quarter of 2023.

Mr Agudah said the industry also invested N1.54 trillion in the equities market in the third quarter of 2023.

This, he explained, represented 8.88 per cent of total investments, as against the N964.84 billion invested in the corresponding quarter of 2022.

He said the pension industry would focus more on micro-pensions and revise its investment guidelines in 2024 when it celebrates the 20th year of pension reforms.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:35:10 +0100 Jan Bulo
Oil Theft And Vandalism In The Niger Delta Is A Calamity & Mele Kyari https://belimedia.com.ng/oil-theft-and-vandalism-in-the-niger-delta-is-a-calamity-mele-kyari https://belimedia.com.ng/oil-theft-and-vandalism-in-the-niger-delta-is-a-calamity-mele-kyari Mele Kyari yesterday described oil theft and vandalism in the Niger Delta region as a calamity saying there are over 4,800 illegal connections on crude oil pipelines in the area and warned that this could frustrate the projections of the Federal Government. 

Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Appropriation on the proposed budget for 2024, Kyari said that  the daily oil production would depend greatly on the security situation in the oil rich Niger -Delta region, describing the act of vandalism and oil theft going on there as a calamity and completely abnormal.

He said, “The situation we have in Niger Delta in terms of security is a calamity. We don’t have that anywhere in the world. To engage non state actors as last resort as solution is abnormal. But we have to respond abnormally.

“You have over 4,800 illegal connections on our pipelines. That means, within every kilometer, you have an insertion. Even if you seal all the insertions, you can’t get what you want in terms of production. In the Niger Delta, people are coming from all parts of the country to do illegal refining. That’s why we engage locals to deal with it.  We will contain this challenge. We are doing everything possible to restore sanity. What is happening is a colossal damage to the environment and the host communities.”

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:31:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu To Launch Renewed Hope Police Town Hall Meeting On Monday https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-to-launch-renewed-hope-police-town-hall-meeting-on-monday https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-to-launch-renewed-hope-police-town-hall-meeting-on-monday President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be launching the Renewed Hope Police Town Hall Meeting on Monday in Lagos in a bid towards strengthening community policing and for Nigerians to key into the Renewed Hope Police agenda of his administration.

Announcing this on Thursday in Abuja, Minister of State, Police Affairs, Hon Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim stated that she would be engaging stakeholders on Monday in Lagos.

She added that the town hall meetings would be held not only in Lagos but across the country to afford Nigerians the opportunity to air their views on issues surrounding the security of lives and property in accordance with global best practices.

The minister added that she was not unaware that each community was different and peculiar, and had their own security challenges. So community policing will be tailored fit, so it can address the challenges in each community.

Expected guests are Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa and members of the State House of Assembly.

Others are members of the communities, youths, women group, academia, religious leaders, and traditional leaders.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:26:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Dangote Refinery Receives First One Million Barrels Ahead Of Kick&starting Operations https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-receives-first-one-million-barrels-ahead-of-kick-starting-operations https://belimedia.com.ng/dangote-refinery-receives-first-one-million-barrels-ahead-of-kick-starting-operations Dangote Refinery says it has received its first one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO) To Receive Another In Three Weeks.

In a Friday statement, the Dangote Refinery explained that the cargo sailed to the facility’s Single-Point Mooring (SPM) where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks.

“The STASCO cargo contained 1 million barrels from Agbami and sailed to Dangote Refinery’s Single Point Mooring (SPM) where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks,” it said.

The company says the inaugural one million barrels of crude supply, which represents the first phase of the six million barrels to be supplied to its refinery by several suppliers, should sustain the initial 350 thousand barrels per day needed for the commencement of crude production at its facility.

Meanwhile, the company clarified that the next four cargoes will be supplied by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) in two to three weeks while the final of the six cargoes will be supplied by ExxonMobil.

“This supply will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),” it said.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:23:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
CBN Raises Alarm Over Circulation Of Fake Naira Notes https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-raises-alarm-over-circulation-of-fake-naira-notes https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-raises-alarm-over-circulation-of-fake-naira-notes The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has alarm over the circulation of fake naira notes especially higher denominations by some individuals for transactions in food markets and other commercial centres in some major cities across the country.

This disclosure is contained in a press statement issued by CBN’s Acting Director for Corporate Communications, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, on Friday, December 8, 2023.

Sidi Ali in the statement warned that it is a punishable offence by a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 years for any person to falsify or counterfeit any bank note or coin issued by the CBN.

The apex bank said that it is in constant collaboration with relevant security and financial agencies to confiscate these fake naira notes as well as arrest and prosecute the culprits.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2023 06:20:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kaduna Airstrike: Uba Sani Make Promise To Victims https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-airstrike-uba-sani-make-promise-to-victims https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-airstrike-uba-sani-make-promise-to-victims Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has pledged to ensure justice for the victims of the Nigerian Army airstirkes in the Tudun Biri area of the state and provide continued support to the affected families.

Speaking on Channels TV on Friday, Governor Sani emphasized the government’s commitment to following the investigation and bringing those responsible for the error to justice within a timeframe.

The governor acknowledged the government’s responsibility to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

He said, “What I can say here is that we as government of Kaduna State will continue to follow investigation and ensure that everything is done within a timeframe.

“But from our part, Kaduna State government has been supporting families with a lot of palliatives, we have done that on the first day of the incident.

“Those in the hospital, Kaduna State government is looking after them, paying their medical bills. (We are taking care of) those that lost their parents completely, because we have a family which both the father and mother were killed and seven children are in the hospital.

“So we will try as much as possible to look after them, the responsibility of our government is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Kaduna State. As a leader of the state I will try my best and ensure that justice is done.”

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 14:41:09 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nobody Will Even Bomb IPOB – Sheikh Gumi Reacts To Kaduna 'Accidental' Airstrike https://belimedia.com.ng/nobody-will-even-bomb-ipob-sheikh-gumi-reacts-to-kaduna-accidental-airstrike https://belimedia.com.ng/nobody-will-even-bomb-ipob-sheikh-gumi-reacts-to-kaduna-accidental-airstrike ‘I won’t support bombing wives of IPOB members’ – Gumi on Kaduna Airstrike

Popular Isamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said he would never support the bombing of the wives of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Gumi was reacting to the erroneous airstrike that killed some villagers in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A military drone had killed some worshippers celebrating Malaud in the village.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, had confirmed the incident.

Speaking on the attack, the Army claimed the mistake was due to erroneous intelligence.

However, Gumi wondered if the bombs dropped on the people was a mistake as claimed.

In his weekly lecture at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna, Gumi said: “These people assembled in a place women and children were, and the drones have cameras, which means they saw the people. But they suspected they were children and wives of some people.

“But they mistakenly targeted those who are not their target. For us, nobody should be a target of such bombings. This is because it’s wrong to kill women and children, including the elderly, and we are not in support of such, even if they are IPOB members.

“We will never support the killings of IPOB wives and children. It’s better to have face-to-face combat than bombing people. After all, nobody will even bomb IPOB. Those attacking Fulani settlements in Oyo, did you hear anybody dropping bombs on them?

“These bombs were made specifically to target some people, but God exposed them because He was not happy with the killings of innocent lives.”

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:42:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-bombing-fg-vows-to-punish-culprits-acf-demands-gocs-removal https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-bombing-fg-vows-to-punish-culprits-acf-demands-gocs-removal The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, on Thursday, demanded the removal of the General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General V.U. Okoro, over the accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday night.

The ACF made the demand on Thursday as the Federal Government vowed to punish whoever was found culpable in the accidental bombing.

An air strike intended to flush out terrorists had on Sunday night accidentally hit civilians during a religious celebration at Tudun Biri.

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, who represented President Bola Tinubu, during a visit to the victims of the bombing at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna on Thursday, said the government would get to the root of the incident.

He stated, “All measures will be taken to ensure that future occurrences are averted. The government will go to the root of the issue and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly.”

Shettima disclosed that victims of the bombing would be taken care of under the Fulako Initiative of the President, which he described as a non-kinetic solution to the challenges in the North-West.

According to him, beneficiary states of the initiative include Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, and Kaduna. He added that for the purpose of equity and justice, Niger and Benue states were included.

Bombed community

According to Shettima, the Tudun Biri community will be the first community to be rebuilt under the new initiative.

He stated, “President Bola Tinubu sent us to commiserate with the people of Kaduna over the tragic incident. The calibre of people that are here with me is a testimony of how deeply touched the President is by the incident.

“The President was deeply touched by what happened. We would like to assure the people and the government of Kaduna State that the Federal Government will take measures to protect and preserve the interest of our nation.

“The victims will be well taken care of under the Fulako Initiative and this community will be the first to be rebuilt in the North-West zone.

Later on Thursday evening, the Vice-President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, explained that the project, which would begin in January 2024, would include the building of houses, clinics, schools, veterinary clinics, empowerment initiatives, and solar energy, among others, in the Tudun Biri community.

He stated, “The President directed that the Pullako Initiative be kick-started here in Kaduna State. Tudun Biri will be the first beneficiary of that scheme. We are going to build houses that will complement the efforts of the Right Honorable Speaker.”

At the Sir Kashim Government House, Kaduna, where the Vice-President met with religious and traditional leaders, as well as some leaders of the affected community, Shettima stated, “The heart of the President is with the bereaved families. Rest assured that the Federal Government stands by the community affected and the government and people of Kaduna State on this unfortunate incident. The President called me more than 17 times on this matter when he was outside the country.

“As directed by Mr President, an investigation is being conducted with a view to preventing recurrence of the incident and we expect the report to be submitted very soon,” Shettima stated.

He commended the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, for bringing the religious leaders together under one umbrella, saying that “what binds us together as a prime supersedes what divides us. In this trying moment, he brought together the two heads.”

On his part, the governor commended the President for the high-powered delegation sent to commiserate with the people of the state and for responding to the call for an investigation into the matter.

“The Federal Government has responded positively by saying that there is going to be proper investigation, as soon as possible and the outcome will be made public to Nigerians,” he said.

Sani said the state government would ensure that the wounded were provided with proper medical care and cater for the orphans.

ACF on GOC

But the ACF, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Tukur Muhammad, called for the removal of some army officers in Kaduna to ensure thorough investigations.

It said, “The General Officer Commanding of One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, along with his immediate subordinate officers should be redeployed to allow for unfettered investigations.

“As a trite principle of justice, One Division of the Nigerian Army must not and should not be allowed to investigate itself. An independent panel of investigators is clearly indicated. Further, the results of the investigations must be made public, issues that border on national security considerations excepted.

“The defence headquarters should retract its needless statement. The Ministry of Defence, and the Armed Forces in particular, should take steps to ensure that such incidents are avoided or contained to the barest minimum humanly possible.

“The Federal Government must take responsibility for full compensation to all victims of Tudun Biri. The gesture should also be extended to victims from all previous such incidents.”

The ACF pointed out that since the Sunday, December 3, 2023, incident, two significant events had occurred to warrant a reaction by the forum.

It welcomed the visit of the Minister of State (Defence) along with the Chief of Army Staff and other top government officials to the Tudun Biri Community on December 6, 2023, where the delegation also attended the funeral rites of some of the 126 victims of the incident.

“The visit was very appropriate and gave the Federal Government as well as the Nigerian Army a needed human face. The ACF considers the visit a welcome departure from earlier rather insipid response to the incident by officers of One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna.

“Although the ACF is not aware of specific words of apology from the Minister of State over the incident, arguably, the visit was in itself an apology enough to the Tudun Biri community.”

The forum stated that the COAS had announced a donation of N10m to the community, which the ACF considered as grossly inadequate, firmly believing that it was the Federal Government, not the Nigerian Army, that should take responsibility for full compensation for deaths and injuries to victims arising from the incident.

“Still, the ACF urges the army chief, as a sign of good faith, to follow up with additional steps to ameliorate the pains and suffering of the community. The plaintive Tudun Biri community must not be left alone in its recovery process,” it stated.

The forum further noted that the statement of the defence headquarters of the Armed Forces, released on December 5, 2023, was totally unnecessary.

It stated, “It was especially painful viewed, as it must be, against the human costs of the tragedy. The wounds of the injured were and are still fresh and many of the dead unburied at the time of the statement. For these reasons, authorities should not minimise or downplay the monumental tragedy that the incident represents.

“Indeed, the ACF considers the defence headquarters’ response as proving positive that the disaster was a consequence of an inexcusable and incompetent failure of intelligence,” it stated.

The forum drew particular attention to four specific issues in the defence headquarters’ reaction in the reference above, and they include

“(i) that the military could deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle without proper ground assessment was a strategic error because it resulted in deaths and injuries to mostly children who were not even as little as carrying sticks and stones;

“(ii) the Defence Headquarters claimed a ‘threat’ was ‘eliminated’ but such threat was tragically a gathering of mostly children as obvious from video clips and photographs now trending on social media, of the before-and-after the Tudun Biri massacre;

“(iii) the Defence Headquarters asserted that the community ought to have informed the military about its activities, an assertion tantamount to a classic blame-the-victim strategy and typical gas-lighting of the victims of the incident. On the contrary, the usual practice is for communities to be informed about impending military operations.;

“and (iv) while it is entirely plausible that terrorists often disguise as civilians and entrench themselves in the civilian population, the Tudun Biri gathering was clearly that of innocent civilian citizens, and as obvious from photos of the before-and-after the incident.”

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters said on Thursday said the accidental bombing should not be given ethnic or religious coloration.

It also denied claims that the lack of synergy between the services in the military led to the bombing in Kaduna.

Addressing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba said a strong synergy existed between the Nigerian Navy, Air Force, and Army.

“Our operations in the country are joint, meaning that we are operating in a joint environment where you have the army, the Navy, and the Air Force. When we talk of cooperation, we have not had it better than this,” he stated.

He said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional force. And within our ranks and files, we have members from every part of this country.

“So whatever group is coming up and saying whatever calculations that they have imagined in their minds, I can tell you that it is faulty, it is in error, and it is unpatriotic. At this time, when we are at war, it is not just the military that is at war. The whole country is at war.

“And that is why I have severally said on this platform that there are more people who know something than those who see and therefore know something, say something, and let us, the military, do something about it.

This came as the United States Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability on Thursday said the deployment of Artificial Intelligence would help the Nigerian military to reduce accidental bombings to the barest minimum.

The centre noted that the adoption of AI by the Nigerian military would not only improve its capabilities but would prevent the military from running afoul of international humanitarian law.

The centre’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Paul Dean, disclosed this during a roundtable meeting with select journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

CAN advises politicians

Also on Thursday, the Christian Association of Nigeria condoled families of the victims and the Kaduna State Government over the accidental bombing, while calling for the exercise of restraint, and political and religious groups to not capitalize on the incident for personal gain.

This was made known in a statement signed by the CAN President, Bishop Daniel Okoh, who commended the Armed Forces “for their unwavering commitment to the fight against terror in Nigeria”, while also calling for the equipment of the military with more accurate surveillance technologies.

Okoh also called on the Federal Government to prioritise the safety and welfare of citizens, noting that such efforts must extend beyond the currently affected areas, to other regions with emerging cases of terrorism.

He, however, reiterated the support of the association for the government and stated its commitment to fostering peace, unity, and the well-being of Nigerians.

Part of the statement reads thus “On behalf of the national leadership of The Christian Association of Nigeria, I express our deep condolences to the victims and the Kaduna State Government following the tragic incident of mistaken targeting in the Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government of the State.

“This unfortunate event has resulted in a significant number of casualties, and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families during this difficult time.

“However, it is crucial that restraint is exercised, particularly when intelligence reports are not definitive. We appeal to the Armed Forces to prioritize the safety of civilians and ensure that proper precautions and measures are in place to avoid similar incidents in the future.

“In order to prevent the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents, it is essential that they be equipped with more accurate surveillance technology and intelligent devices.

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Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by mancanoe: 3:01am

BAMIDELE ALABI is the GOC 1 div Kaduna.

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by IamANigerianMan: 4:23am

Remove who? Nonsense

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by duduade: 5:05am

These arewa consultative forum are just a bunch of jokers

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by Isobug: 5:19am

Initially, they thought the GOC was from South East and was already making moves their stupid head-slaming genocidal act until it became clear he was a South west man. Even yelobas were also busy online garnishing the moves just set up the North against the igbos only to understand later it was one of their own that gave the command and everything died a natural death.

You can never see the igbos setting groups against groups for any reason whatsoever. If they are coming for you, they would come for you knowing that you provoke them

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by Racoon(m): 5:23am

In so much that the bombing of civilians in Kaduna is not justifiable, the demonisation and call for the removal of Major-General V.U. Okoro as the GOC of 1 Division is a pure another sad episode of the perennial ethno - religious discrimination the Nigeria state has been plagued with.

Tukur Buratai was army chief when most of the unfortunate bombings of civilians took place including the deliberate killings of the Shite Muslim group in the history of the military, yet non of these bigots raised their voices. Now they found it.

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by Reelz: 5:25am

Time for northeners to enlist all their almajiri people as bomb victims. We already know.

Re: Kaduna Bombing: FG Vows To Punish Culprits, ACF Demands GOC’s Removal by Buharidgeneral: 6:00am

Bobloco:

The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, on Thursday, demanded the removal of the General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General V.U. Okoro, over the accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday night.

The ACF made the demand on Thursday as the Federal Government vowed to punish whoever was found culpable in the accidental bombing.

An air strike intended to flush out terrorists had on Sunday night accidentally hit civilians during a religious celebration at Tudun Biri.

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, who represented President Bola Tinubu, during a visit to the victims of the bombing at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna on Thursday, said the government would get to the root of the incident.

He stated, “All measures will be taken to ensure that future occurrences are averted. The government will go to the root of the issue and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly.”

Shettima disclosed that victims of the bombing would be taken care of under the Fulako Initiative of the President, which he described as a non-kinetic solution to the challenges in the North-West.

According to him, beneficiary states of the initiative include Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, and Kaduna. He added that for the purpose of equity and justice, Niger and Benue states were included.

Bombed community

According to Shettima, the Tudun Biri community will be the first community to be rebuilt under the new initiative.

He stated, “President Bola Tinubu sent us to commiserate with the people of Kaduna over the tragic incident. The calibre of people that are here with me is a testimony of how deeply touched the President is by the incident.

“The President was deeply touched by what happened. We would like to assure the people and the government of Kaduna State that the Federal Government will take measures to protect and preserve the interest of our nation.

“The victims will be well taken care of under the Fulako Initiative and this community will be the first to be rebuilt in the North-West zone.

Later on Thursday evening, the Vice-President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, explained that the project, which would begin in January 2024, would include the building of houses, clinics, schools, veterinary clinics, empowerment initiatives, and solar energy, among others, in the Tudun Biri community.

He stated, “The President directed that the Pullako Initiative be kick-started here in Kaduna State. Tudun Biri will be the first beneficiary of that scheme. We are going to build houses that will complement the efforts of the Right Honorable Speaker.”

At the Sir Kashim Government House, Kaduna, where the Vice-President met with religious and traditional leaders, as well as some leaders of the affected community, Shettima stated, “The heart of the President is with the bereaved families. Rest assured that the Federal Government stands by the community affected and the government and people of Kaduna State on this unfortunate incident. The President called me more than 17 times on this matter when he was outside the country.

“As directed by Mr President, an investigation is being conducted with a view to preventing recurrence of the incident and we expect the report to be submitted very soon,” Shettima stated.

He commended the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, for bringing the religious leaders together under one umbrella, saying that “what binds us together as a prime supersedes what divides us. In this trying moment, he brought together the two heads.”

On his part, the governor commended the President for the high-powered delegation sent to commiserate with the people of the state and for responding to the call for an investigation into the matter.

“The Federal Government has responded positively by saying that there is going to be proper investigation, as soon as possible and the outcome will be made public to Nigerians,” he said.

Sani said the state government would ensure that the wounded were provided with proper medical care and cater for the orphans.

ACF on GOC

But the ACF, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Tukur Muhammad, called for the removal of some army officers in Kaduna to ensure thorough investigations.

It said, “The General Officer Commanding of One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, along with his immediate subordinate officers should be redeployed to allow for unfettered investigations.

“As a trite principle of justice, One Division of the Nigerian Army must not and should not be allowed to investigate itself. An independent panel of investigators is clearly indicated. Further, the results of the investigations must be made public, issues that border on national security considerations excepted.

“The defence headquarters should retract its needless statement. The Ministry of Defence, and the Armed Forces in particular, should take steps to ensure that such incidents are avoided or contained to the barest minimum humanly possible.

“The Federal Government must take responsibility for full compensation to all victims of Tudun Biri. The gesture should also be extended to victims from all previous such incidents.”

The ACF pointed out that since the Sunday, December 3, 2023, incident, two significant events had occurred to warrant a reaction by the forum.

It welcomed the visit of the Minister of State (Defence) along with the Chief of Army Staff and other top government officials to the Tudun Biri Community on December 6, 2023, where the delegation also attended the funeral rites of some of the 126 victims of the incident.

“The visit was very appropriate and gave the Federal Government as well as the Nigerian Army a needed human face. The ACF considers the visit a welcome departure from earlier rather insipid response to the incident by officers of One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna.

“Although the ACF is not aware of specific words of apology from the Minister of State over the incident, arguably, the visit was in itself an apology enough to the Tudun Biri community.”

The forum stated that the COAS had announced a donation of N10m to the community, which the ACF considered as grossly inadequate, firmly believing that it was the Federal Government, not the Nigerian Army, that should take responsibility for full compensation for deaths and injuries to victims arising from the incident.

“Still, the ACF urges the army chief, as a sign of good faith, to follow up with additional steps to ameliorate the pains and suffering of the community. The plaintive Tudun Biri community must not be left alone in its recovery process,” it stated.

The forum further noted that the statement of the defence headquarters of the Armed Forces, released on December 5, 2023, was totally unnecessary.

It stated, “It was especially painful viewed, as it must be, against the human costs of the tragedy. The wounds of the injured were and are still fresh and many of the dead unburied at the time of the statement. For these reasons, authorities should not minimise or downplay the monumental tragedy that the incident represents.

“Indeed, the ACF considers the defence headquarters’ response as proving positive that the disaster was a consequence of an inexcusable and incompetent failure of intelligence,” it stated.

The forum drew particular attention to four specific issues in the defence headquarters’ reaction in the reference above, and they include “(i) that the military could deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle without proper ground assessment was a strategic error because it resulted in deaths and injuries to mostly children who were not even as little as carrying sticks and stones;

“(ii) the Defence Headquarters claimed a ‘threat’ was ‘eliminated’ but such threat was tragically a gathering of mostly children as obvious from video clips and photographs now trending on social media, of the before-and-after the Tudun Biri massacre;

“(iii) the Defence Headquarters asserted that the community ought to have informed the military about its activities, an assertion tantamount to a classic blame-the-victim strategy and typical gas-lighting of the victims of the incident. On the contrary, the usual practice is for communities to be informed about impending military operations.;

“and (iv) while it is entirely plausible that terrorists often disguise as civilians and entrench themselves in the civilian population, the Tudun Biri gathering was clearly that of innocent civilian citizens, and as obvious from photos of the before-and-after the incident.”

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters said on Thursday said the accidental bombing should not be given ethnic or religious coloration.

It also denied claims that the lack of synergy between the services in the military led to the bombing in Kaduna.

Addressing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba said a strong synergy existed between the Nigerian Navy, Air Force, and Army.

“Our operations in the country are joint, meaning that we are operating in a joint environment where you have the army, the Navy, and the Air Force. When we talk of cooperation, we have not had it better than this,” he stated.

He said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional force. And within our ranks and files, we have members from every part of this country.

“So whatever group is coming up and saying whatever calculations that they have imagined in their minds, I can tell you that it is faulty, it is in error, and it is unpatriotic. At this time, when we are at war, it is not just the military that is at war. The whole country is at war.

“And that is why I have severally said on this platform that there are more people who know something than those who see and therefore know something, say something, and let us, the military, do something about it.

This came as the United States Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability on Thursday said the deployment of Artificial Intelligence would help the Nigerian military to reduce accidental bombings to the barest minimum.

The centre noted that the adoption of AI by the Nigerian military would not only improve its capabilities but would prevent the military from running afoul of international humanitarian law.

The centre’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Paul Dean, disclosed this during a roundtable meeting with select journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

CAN advises politicians

Also on Thursday, the Christian Association of Nigeria condoled families of the victims and the Kaduna State Government over the accidental bombing, while calling for the exercise of restraint, and political and religious groups to not capitalize on the incident for personal gain.

This was made known in a statement signed by the CAN President, Bishop Daniel Okoh, who commended the Armed Forces “for their unwavering commitment to the fight against terror in Nigeria”, while also calling for the equipment of the military with more accurate surveillance technologies.

Okoh also called on the Federal Government to prioritise the safety and welfare of citizens, noting that such efforts must extend beyond the currently affected areas, to other regions with emerging cases of terrorism.

He, however, reiterated the support of the association for the government and stated its commitment to fostering peace, unity, and the well-being of Nigerians.

Part of the statement reads thus “On behalf of the national leadership of The Christian Association of Nigeria, I express our deep condolences to the victims and the Kaduna State Government following the tragic incident of mistaken targeting in the Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government of the State.

“This unfortunate event has resulted in a significant number of casualties, and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families during this difficult time.

“However, it is crucial that restraint is exercised, particularly when intelligence reports are not definitive. We appeal to the Armed Forces to prioritize the safety of civilians and ensure that proper precautions and measures are in place to avoid similar incidents in the future.

“In order to prevent the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents, it is essential that they be equipped with more accurate surveillance technology and intelligent devices.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:37:28 +0100 Jan Bulo
Sanusi To Tinubu: The President Shouldn’t Be The Petroleum Minister https://belimedia.com.ng/sanusi-to-tinubu-the-president-shouldnt-be-the-petroleum-minister https://belimedia.com.ng/sanusi-to-tinubu-the-president-shouldnt-be-the-petroleum-minister Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has declared that the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu should not double as the Minister of Petroleum.

Sanusi made the submission on Thursday while speaking at The Bank Directors Summit held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

According to him, the advice is necessary in order to have someone who can be held accountable because if anything goes wrong in the petroleum sector, people would not want to speak against the President.

The former Emir of Kano also called for the audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), noting that this call was what cost him his job as the CBN Governor.

“Let me advise that the idea of the president being petroleum minister. The last president was minister of petroleum for eight years.

“When I was governor of CBN, we had a petroleum minister. So when we talk about NNPC, I could attack Diezani, now nobody can talk about petroleum because in 8 years if you talk, you are attacking the president,” he said.

President Tinubu upon assumption of office, split the Ministry of Petroleum Resources with the appointment of Ekperipe Ekpo as Minister of State, Gas Resources; and Heineken Lokpobiri as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources but retained the position of substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources for himself.

This follows the style of his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari who also doubled as the Minister of Petroleum during his tenure.

But Sanusi stated during his talk that the President shouldn’t be the Minister of Petroleum as well.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:34:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
53 Power Projects Worth ₦‎122 Billion To Be Completed By May 2024 & TCN https://belimedia.com.ng/53-power-projects-worth-122-billion-to-be-completed-by-may-2024-tcn https://belimedia.com.ng/53-power-projects-worth-122-billion-to-be-completed-by-may-2024-tcn The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has said that 53 ongoing power projects worth N122 billion is to be completed by May 2024.

TCN and power distribution companies with support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will finish up these projects that are currently being constructed across the country.

Punch reports that the projects entail the delivery of eight 150MVA power transformers, 19 1000MVA transformers, 60MVA transformers, reconductoring existing transmission lines (conductors and accessories), upgrading of the existing 132/33KV substations, and construction of 33KV line bays.

While visiting three different projects at Ojo, Isolo, and Oworonshoki Transmission stations in Lagos on December 6, Mathew Ajibade, Programme Coordinator at TCN, mentioned that once these projects are finished, they will increase the company’s ability to transport electricity by over 1,000 megawatts.

He said:

“The projects are currently being implemented through the project management office at the TCN headquarters in collaboration with both TCN field engineers and the Discos technical team. The time set for completion of the projects is May 2024 latest. PMO made progress with the implementation of the programme despite challenges encountered and is committed to ensuring the successful implementation.”

Tumba Tijani, who is the Assistant Director and oversees the Infrastructure Finance Office at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), clarified that the central bank provided a loan for the project in August of last year. This loan was given at a 9% interest rate.

He mentioned that a total of N85.43 billion has been given out to 53 different contractors involved in the projects. This money has been disbursed into the Advance Payment Guarantee account to help these contractors carry out their tasks.

He said:

“The CBN in continuation of its intervention in the power sector approved the sum of N122, 289, 344 for the programme Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilization Facility-3 based on the projects estimated for the identified projects.

The facility aims to resolve the transmission/distribution interface bottlenecks to improve supply to end users and unlock the unutilized generation capacity in the country,”

Why transmission?

The Minister for Power, Adebayo Adelabu, mentioned before that even though the country has handed over the responsibility of generating and distributing power to private entities, the part that handles transmitting electricity is still managed by the government.

However, this area hasn’t seen enough progress mainly because the infrastructure, such as substations, transformers, and power lines, is getting old and isn’t strong enough.

Adelabu promised that the government would focus on reorganizing and improving this infrastructure. The aim is to ensure that all Nigerians experience better and more reliable electricity supply across the country

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:30:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
Police Arrest Suspected Ritualist, Exhume Body Of OAU Student In Ogun https://belimedia.com.ng/police-arrest-suspected-ritualist-exhume-body-of-oau-student-in-ogun https://belimedia.com.ng/police-arrest-suspected-ritualist-exhume-body-of-oau-student-in-ogun Operatives of Ogun State Police Command, have unraveled the mystery behind the disappearance of a 100 level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Quadri Salami, reports Vanguard.

According to a statement issued by the command spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, the father of Quadri had on 14th November, 2023 reported at Kenta Police station, about sudden disappearance of his son, who reported that he has not set his eyes on his son since 8th of November and all efforts to locate him proved abortiveOdutola, further disclosed that, the State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alamutu on Wednesday made a significant breakthrough when he personally led a team of Tactical Squad to Mile 6 in Ajebo area of Abeokuta to a shallow grave to exhume the decomposing body parts of the deceased after a tracking clue beamed at one Akeem Usman who was arrested in possession with the victims phone.

The PPRO added that, “He (Akeem) implicated one Ifadowo Niyi that both of them committed the heinous crime by slaughtering the victim (Quadri) and dismembered his vital parts for ritual purposes”.

“He added that Ifadowo went away with Quadri’s head, and his two wrist, and paid the sum of one hundred thousand Naira into Akeem Usman’s account as proceeds from the sale of the human body parts”.

“The suspects thereafter continued to sell the victim’s other body parts on demand to internet fraudsters and buried the heart, two legs, and flesh inside a plastic rubber for rituals and used the remaining parts for “awure” a crime against humanity”.

“Among their confessional statement, the duo admitted that they have used four other human heads for money rituals known as “Osole”

“The suspects are now in Eleweran at SCID for continuation of discreet investigations and will definitely be prosecuted”, Odutola added.

“The CP remain committed to ensuring that justice is served and will continue to investigate further to bring all perpetrators to face the full extent of the Law. Stating that such criminal involvement endangers innocent lives urging parents to collectively work together with the police in Ogun by giving volunteer information to eradicate such nefarious practices”.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:21:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Umahi Seeks South East Support For Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/umahi-seeks-south-east-support-for-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/umahi-seeks-south-east-support-for-tinubu Minister of Works, David Umahi has urged the people of the South East to support the President Bola Tinubu administration.

Umahi made the appeal while representing Tinubu during the commissioning of a TETfund sponsored project at Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki.

He promised that Tinubu will bring greater development to the region.

Umahi said, “We were praying for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he should win, because we saw it in the spirit, that his victory will be divine, that he will be the person that have the courage and grace to restore the economy and reunite the country, and he is doing now.

“I thank our people who supported the President. And I believe strongly, that it’s time for the entire South East to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, because he has shown love, the reality of purpose and the divinity of his coming.

“I continue to maintain that Ebonyi will not be Biafra, and I have no repentance of that. We are not Biafra, we belong to the centre. I assure Governor Francis Nwifuru that being part of this position, you will get the library and the research centre for Ebonyi University that you requested from the Federal Government.”

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:42:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ekiti LG Polls: Oyebanji Votes, Hails SIEC, Voters For Peaceful Conduct https://belimedia.com.ng/ekiti-lg-polls-oyebanji-votes-hails-siec-voters-for-peaceful-conduct https://belimedia.com.ng/ekiti-lg-polls-oyebanji-votes-hails-siec-voters-for-peaceful-conduct Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji on Saturday voted at his Ikogosi country home in the first local government council election conducted by his administration.

The Governor who voted at his Ward 6, Unit 003 Okelele Street, Ikogosi-Ekiti around 11.40am, commended the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) for a seamless and peaceful electoral process. He also tanked Ekiti electorate for the peaceful conduct in the election which took place in all the 16 local Government Areas (LGAs) and 22 Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs)

Speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote, the Governor expressed delight that people at the grassroots were able to choose their representatives at local government and the 177 wards without fear or threat or any form of crisis.

Governor Oyebanji described local government election as strategic and fundamental to the delivery of dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

The Governor who scored the current local government administration in many of the council areas in the state high in the areas of infrastructure development, maintained that local governments are viable instruments of grassroots political participation, socialization, economic and infrastructure development.

While commending the State Independent Electoral Commission and the security agencies in the state for the peaceful conduct of the election, the Governor said government would continue to prioritize voters’ education and sensitization across the state in order to foster a more robust democratic process and participation.

“I am happy that as government we are doing this, because local government election is the most critical arm of government with respect to delivering government policies at the grassroots level and it is very important to democratise government at this level because it is the closest to the people and the beauty of democracy is to have representatives at that level being elected by the people and am happy that we have done this in Ekiti State.

“I am also happy because the people on their own have the opportunity to choose their representatives at local government level and at the ward level. So far so good, the turnout is a bit low and that tells us we need to do more on voters’ education and sensitization.” The Governor asserted.

A remarkable development in the Saturday local government election is the unprecedented huge number of female candidates vying for various positions. This include seven female candidates for the chairmanship; 16 candidates for the Vice Chairmanship position and 33 candidates for the councillorship position.

The development, according to Governor Oyebanji, is not only heart-warming, but speaks to the fact democracy is taking a firm root in Ekiti State.

It is recall that pursuant to Section 5, Subsection 1 of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission Law (Third Amendment) No. 13 of 2021, on September 29, 2023, the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) announced that the 2023 LGA and Local Council Development Area (LCDA) elections will be conducted on December 2, in the 16 LGAs and 22 LCDAs across the state.

On Saturday 7th of October 2023, Ward Congresses held to elect Chairmanship and Counsellorship candidates.

Submission of the list of qualified and unqualified candidates to political parties and replacement of candidates by political parties was held between 6th- 10th of November, 2023.

Publication of names of electoral officers nominated by political parties and issuance of notice of polls held on the 20th of November 2023.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023: The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), kicked off their campaign exercise across the state at ward and local government levels ahead of the December 2, 2023 polls.

Thursday, November 30, 2023: Distribution of election materials by the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission for the LGA/LCDA elections commenced.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:39:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
Stop Making Police Officers’ Wives Widows – Arase Tells IPOB https://belimedia.com.ng/stop-making-police-officers-wives-widows-arase-tells-ipob https://belimedia.com.ng/stop-making-police-officers-wives-widows-arase-tells-ipob The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Solomon Arase, has expressed concern over the killing of security personnel, especially police officers, in the South East.

The former Inspector General of Police noted that wives of police officers in the zone are fast becoming widows as a result of attacks on cops by gunmen.

A statement by Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations, said Arase expressed concern over the development when leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

“You should let the killers know that the police is not their enemy. They have not done anything wrong. The Force have lost quite a number of serving officers in the South East.

“We are your friends, stop making police wives widows, they are your sisters,” Arase said.

He said the Commission has resolved the perceived marginalisation of the zone in police representation in the country.

Earlier, the leader of the Ohanaeze delegation, Elder Onwu Arua, noted that the association is worried that people of the South East are not showing interest in the ongoing police recruitment exercise.

He urged the PSC to decide ways of addressing the problem.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:35:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
How To Stop Judicial Coups Against Democracy In Nigeria By Farooq A. Kperogi https://belimedia.com.ng/how-to-stop-judicial-coups-against-democracy-in-nigeria-by-farooq-a-kperogi https://belimedia.com.ng/how-to-stop-judicial-coups-against-democracy-in-nigeria-by-farooq-a-kperogi "It’s now so bad that courting the votes of the electorates is no longer an important component of the democratic process since politicians can get from the courts what they lost at the ballot box. That’s a dangerous state for any democracy to be in."

Twitter: @farooqkperogi

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), one of Nigeria’s most prominent pro-democracy NGOs, invited me to make a virtual presentation from my base in Atlanta to a national seminar it organized last Thursday on “targeted judicial reforms and enhanced judicial integrity in post-election litigation.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it, but here are the thoughts I would have shared on the topic.

It’s oddly ironic that the judiciary, which should be the bulwark of democracy, has become such a dreadful terror to democracy that people are seeking to protect democracy from it. The courts have become the graveyards of electoral mandates. Judges have not only descended to being common purchasable judicial rogues, but they have also become juridical coup plotters.

The major preoccupation of pro-democracy activists is no longer how to keep the military from politics and governance but how to save democracy from the judiciary. In other words, in Nigeria, our problem is no longer fear of military coups but the cold reality of frighteningly escalating judicial coups.

A "judicial coup," also called a juridical coup d'état, refers to a situation where judicial or legal processes are deployed to subvert the choice of the electorate or to unfairly change the power structure of an existing government.

In other words, a judicial coup occurs when the courts are used to achieve political ends that would not be possible through standard political processes. In a judicial coup, the courts make rulings or interpretations of the law that drastically alter the balance of power, often favoring a particular political group or leader.

This can include invalidating election results, removing elected officials from office, altering the constitution through interpretive tyranny, or other significant legal actions that have profound political implications.

Before 2023, judicial coups happened in trickles and were barely perceptible. The big, bad bugaboo used to be INEC. When the Supreme Court made Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the governor of Rivers State on October 25, 2007, without winning a single vote, we thought it was merely a curious, one-off democratic anomaly that was nonetheless morally justified because Celestine Omehia—who won the actual votes cast on April 14, 2007, and sworn in as the governor on May 29—was illegally replaced as PDP’s candidate after Amaechi won the party’s primary election.

Our collective toleration of this strange supersession of normal democratic procedures to produce a governor conduced to more aberrations.

On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court produced its first unofficial “Supreme Court governor” in Hope Uzodimma of Imo State when it used dazzlingly fraudulent judicial abracadabra to subvert the outcome of the governorship election in the state.

The Supreme Court’s judicial helicopter zoomed past PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha who won 273,404 votes to emerge as the winner of the election; flew past Action Alliance’s Uche Nwosu who came second with 190,364 votes; zipped past APGA’s Ifeanyi Ararume who came third with 114,676 votes; and glided gently into the yard of fourth-place finisher Uzodimma of APC with only 96,458 votes.

It then declared that the fourth shall be the first, enthroned Uzodimma as the governor, and dethroned Ihedioha whom Imo voters and INEC had chosen as the legitimate governor.

I recall being too numb by the scandal of the judgment to even experience any sensation of righteous indignation. Then came the Ahmed Lawan judgment, and I was jolted to my very bones. A man who didn’t run for an election, who admitted he didn’t run for an election, and who gave up trying to steal an election that he himself admitted he didn’t run for, much less win, was declared the “winner” of the election.

Because I closely followed the case and shaped public discourse on it, I was so incensed by the judgment that, in a viral February 6 social media post, I called Supreme Court justices “a rotten gaggle of useless, purchasable judicial bandits,” which prompted an unexampled official response from the Supreme Court, which dripped wet with undiluted bile.

However, many judges, including some conscientious Supreme Court judges, agreed with me. For example, in his farewell speech last month, Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad re-echoed my sentiments about the Supreme Court and cited former Court of Appeal justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie who, in her own farewell speech, approvingly quoted my description of Supreme Court justices as “a rotten gaggle of useless, purchasable judicial bandits.”

The judicial banditry I talked about has assumed a different, worrying dimension. It has now become full-on judicial sabotage against the soul of democracy itself. In unprecedented judicial roguery, the Appeal Court has invalidated the election of all 16 PDP lawmakers in the Plateau State House of Assembly and handed unearned victories to APC. It also nullified the victory of PDP’s Governor Caleb Mutfwang and asked that APC’s Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, who lost in the actual election, be declared the winner.

The case of the judicial theft of Kano State’s governorship election from NNPP to APC is too well-known to warrant restating. In all these cases, the judiciary invoked matters that were extraneous to the actual vote (called “technicalities”) to decide whom to crown as winners of the elections.

It’s now so bad that courting the votes of the electorates is no longer an important component of the democratic process since politicians can get from the courts what they lost at the ballot box. That’s a dangerous state for any democracy to be in.

The judiciary is becoming an unacceptably treacherous but overpampered monster that is exercising powers that are beyond the bounds of reason. It needs to be stopped through a holistic reworking of the electoral act.

The first thing that needs to be spelled out more clearly and more forcefully in a revised electoral act is that pre-election matters are not litigable after the winner of an election has been announced. All pre-election petitions should be litigated before the conduct of elections. Post-election litigations should be limited to the conduct of the elections. Since this happens once in four years, it should not be too much of a burden for the judiciary.

The second change that needs to be enshrined in a revised electoral act is a provision that divests courts of the powers to declare winners and losers of electoral contests. I am the first to admit that this is problematic because it limits the mechanism for redress available to politicians in cases of INEC-engineered electoral robberies.

But in situations where courts can glibly overrule the will of the electorate by invoking procedural inanities that are extrinsic to elections to declare winners and losers, I would rather deal with INEC alone.

The conduct of elections can be improved in the future to the point that manipulations can be significantly reduced. But I can’t say the same for a rapacious, unjust, and mercenary judiciary such as we have today.

In any case, in all functional democracies, it is voters, not the courts, who elect and remove people from positions of political power. If the courts find sufficient evidence of irregularities in the conduct of elections, they can order a rerun. But they should never be invested with the power to declare winners and losers.

The last suggestion I have for the revision of the electoral act is to constitutionalize the imperative to finalize the adjudication of all election petitions before the inauguration of elected officials into their offices. There are two reasons for this.

First, it is disruptive to put elected officials through the hassles of post-election litigation while they are already officially in office. Governance is often put on hold during the pendency of litigations, and lots of state resources are expended to bribe judges, hire lawyers, and bring witnesses. That’s unfair to Nigerians.

Second, at least at the presidential level, once someone has been declared the president and is inaugurated, they automatically assume enormous symbolic power that is almost impossible to reverse. They also have access to enormous resources that they can deploy to influence the course of justice.

Whatever we do, we must curb the excesses of our out-of-control judiciary before it finally murders what remains of our democracy.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:30:29 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Restates Commitment To End Terrorism, Banditry https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-restates-commitment-to-end-terrorism-banditry https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-restates-commitment-to-end-terrorism-banditry President Bola Tinubu has restated his administration’s commitment to end terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities in the country.

He spoke on Saturday during the 7th and 8th combined convocation of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), Katsina State.

Represented by Prof. Abdulkarim Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, Federal University Dutse (FUD), Tinubu said the government was greatly concerned about the security situation in the country.

He said that his administration was fully committed to defeat terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities, especially in northern part of the country.

The President, however, said this could not be achieved without the support and cooperation of all Nigerians.

“Security is a collective responsibility. I therefore appeal to all Nigerians to join hands with the government by giving useful information to security agents on suspicious persons and miscreants.

“Let us keep the hope alive and be optimistic, by the grace of God, we shall overcome these challenges,” he said.

While reiterating the commitment to tackle unemployment, particularly among graduates of tertiary institutions, Tinubu enjoined them to leverage the skills acquisition training by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the Federal Government’s digital innovation programmes, designed to train two million youths and empower Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Tinubu also urged the graduands to utilise the knowledge, skills and character they learnt for the betterment of humanity.

“I look forward to exploring and seizing the opportunity provided in the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of my administration, which is aimed at repositioning Nigeria as a leading nation in Africa,” he said.

The President challenged universities in the country to come up with research and innovations to fast track sustainable development in the country.

Earlier, the Chancellor of the university, King Dandeson Douglas-Jaja, said that the institution began academic activities in 2012, with three faculties and 218 students.

According to him, the university now has a postgraduate school, 15 faculties and over 20,000 student population, adding that it also graduated 4,365 students.

He, therefore, charged them to be good ambassadors of the university wherever they find themselves.

“I must not fail to inform you that FUDMA is facing serious security challenges.

“I therefore appeal to all to come to the aid of the university to address some of these challenges,” he said.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:25:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
Controversy As Factional Presidents Emerge In NANS https://belimedia.com.ng/controversy-as-factional-presidents-emerge-in-nans https://belimedia.com.ng/controversy-as-factional-presidents-emerge-in-nans Two factions of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have declared the emergence of two candidates as presidents of the association.

They are Comrade Lucky Emonefe and Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran who both claimed to be genuine leaders in separate press conferences at the weekend.

Controversy had risen in the association following its election that started on November 27 in Abuja.

In his address, Emonefe who said he emerged president in a credible electionp apealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200,000 to all Nigerian students.

Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran on the other hand urged the Department of State Services to give a report of the 2023 elective convention as the world was eager to know.

“It’s indeed an enormous privilege and honor to be trusted with the leadership of Nigerian students. I am deeply conscious of that privilege and honor at this time.

“It is indeed a remarkable and historic victory for Nigerian students, and I have no doubt about what this means to the students’ community.

“The mandate you have freely given to us is a mandate for reform and investment in the future of NANS, and it is also very clearly an instruction for good governance. I assure you of good leadership delivery,” he said.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:22:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigerians Lament As Banks Crash Withdrawal Limits Ahead Of Christmas https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-lament-as-banks-crash-withdrawal-limits-ahead-of-christmas-44857 https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-lament-as-banks-crash-withdrawal-limits-ahead-of-christmas-44857 Bank customers have said that they are unable to withdraw their deposits for transaction in yuletide season in Ondo State, as the banks have slashed their withdrawal limits across the state, Leadership reports.

 

Findings revealed that many customers could not withdraw the amount they needed over the counter due to a lack of adequate cash on the part of the banks.

During visit to some banks in Akure, the state capital on Friday, customers who spoke with the Press disclosed that bank officials have adopted the system of reducing their withdrawals based on the amount they intended to withdraw.

According to the customers, the bank officials asked them to use alternative channels to carry out their outstanding transactions.

It was also observed that many banks were operating without adequate cash to meet their numerous customers’ needs.

In some banks in Akure, customers only have access to cash ranging from N5,000 to the maximum of N20,000 respectively.

Also, there were long queues of customers at the Automated Teller Machines points(ATMs) in some banks in the state capital.

The development, it was learnt, affected several operators of Point-of-sale businesses who could not withdraw enough cash from the banks and the ATMs to run their businesses properly.

Some of the customers observed that the problem had started since last week.

A customer, Mrs Toyin Alade, said ”I came to Access Bank and First Bank branches in Alagbaka to collect N200,000 but I could not do so.”

Access Bank officials said they could only give me N100,000. The first bank officers also claimed they could give me only N100,000. The two banks claimed there wasn’t enough cash and subsequently advised me to use alternative channels to do my remaining transactions. ”

One of the banks in Akure, the state capital, who spoke with Leadership Weekend on condition of anonymity, confirmed the shortage of cash, saying it was due to the cash supply from the CBN.

“According to him, “What we have resorted to doing is to encourage our customers to use alternative channels and give them the little we have on the ground. Currently, we are at the end of the year. The demand is huge and we have to balance it. The CBN hasn’t been giving us enough cash in recent times especially since the surge in demand started some weeks ago.

An operator, who identified herself as Oliwatoyin, said the dearth of cash from the banks affected her business.

“For the past few days now, I could not attend to a customer who wanted to withdraw over N25,000 at once. This was because I couldn’t receive much cash from my banks. I was forced to be rationing the little cash I had with me. “

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:19:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigerians Lament As Banks Crash Withdrawal Limits Ahead Of Christmas https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-lament-as-banks-crash-withdrawal-limits-ahead-of-christmas https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerians-lament-as-banks-crash-withdrawal-limits-ahead-of-christmas Bank customers have said that they are unable to withdraw their deposits for transaction in yuletide season in Ondo State, as the banks have slashed their withdrawal limits across the state, Leadership reports.

 

Findings revealed that many customers could not withdraw the amount they needed over the counter due to a lack of adequate cash on the part of the banks.

During visit to some banks in Akure, the state capital on Friday, customers who spoke with the Press disclosed that bank officials have adopted the system of reducing their withdrawals based on the amount they intended to withdraw.

According to the customers, the bank officials asked them to use alternative channels to carry out their outstanding transactions.

It was also observed that many banks were operating without adequate cash to meet their numerous customers’ needs.

In some banks in Akure, customers only have access to cash ranging from N5,000 to the maximum of N20,000 respectively.

Also, there were long queues of customers at the Automated Teller Machines points(ATMs) in some banks in the state capital.

The development, it was learnt, affected several operators of Point-of-sale businesses who could not withdraw enough cash from the banks and the ATMs to run their businesses properly.

Some of the customers observed that the problem had started since last week.

A customer, Mrs Toyin Alade, said ”I came to Access Bank and First Bank branches in Alagbaka to collect N200,000 but I could not do so.”

Access Bank officials said they could only give me N100,000. The first bank officers also claimed they could give me only N100,000. The two banks claimed there wasn’t enough cash and subsequently advised me to use alternative channels to do my remaining transactions. ”

One of the banks in Akure, the state capital, who spoke with Leadership Weekend on condition of anonymity, confirmed the shortage of cash, saying it was due to the cash supply from the CBN.

“According to him, “What we have resorted to doing is to encourage our customers to use alternative channels and give them the little we have on the ground. Currently, we are at the end of the year. The demand is huge and we have to balance it. The CBN hasn’t been giving us enough cash in recent times especially since the surge in demand started some weeks ago.

An operator, who identified herself as Oliwatoyin, said the dearth of cash from the banks affected her business.

“For the past few days now, I could not attend to a customer who wanted to withdraw over N25,000 at once. This was because I couldn’t receive much cash from my banks. I was forced to be rationing the little cash I had with me. “

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Sun, 03 Dec 2023 06:19:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Hopes Are Alive Again As NSA Urges Labour To Rescind Strike, Condemns Attack On NLC President, Says Suspects Arrested Over Attack And Investigations Have Commenced https://belimedia.com.ng/nsa-calls-on-labour-to-suspend-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/nsa-calls-on-labour-to-suspend-strike The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) is concerned by the declaration of a nationwide strike by the leadership of the Organised Labour led by the NLC and TUC. 

The NSA is particularly worried about the implications of the strike action on the livelihood of ordinary Nigerians and its potential impact on economic security and other strategic national interests. 

As attested by the NLC leadership, the NSA immediately intervened on learning about the travails of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joseph Ajaero who was assaulted in Owerri, Imo State. 

The NSA regrets the incident and condemns it in its entirety as it was against the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression subscribed to by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his administration. 

The Federal Government will never condone such an act. 

As a fallout of the incident relevant authorities were directed to conduct thorough investigation into the circumstances sorrounding the assault and bring to book the culprits. Available update indicates that some arrests have already been made in this regard. The outcome of the investigation will be made public as soon as it is concluded. 

The Federal Government, through the Office of the NSA, therefore appeals to the labour leadership to call off the current strike action and allow the dialogue process underway to be exhausted .

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Wed, 15 Nov 2023 11:31:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: NLC, TUC Commence Nationwide Strike Midnight Today https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-tuc-commence-nationwide-strike-midnight-today-44544 https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-tuc-commence-nationwide-strike-midnight-today-44544 The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have directed its members to commence a nationwide strike from midnight today over the assault on NLC president, Joe Ajaero.

The organised labour directed its affiliates to implement the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

This was made known by the President of TUC, Festus Osifo, while addressing journalists on Monday, November 13, stating that the strike would remain until “government at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”

Details later...

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Mon, 13 Nov 2023 17:14:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: NLC, TUC Commence Nationwide Strike Midnight Today https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-tuc-commence-nationwide-strike-midnight-today https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nlc-tuc-commence-nationwide-strike-midnight-today The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have directed its members to commence a nationwide strike from midnight today over the assault on NLC president, Joe Ajaero.

The organised labour directed its affiliates to implement the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

This was made known by the President of TUC, Festus Osifo, while addressing journalists on Monday, November 13, stating that the strike would remain until “government at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”

Details later...

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Mon, 13 Nov 2023 17:14:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Peter Obi and Labour Party makes fresh move, rejects Supreme Court ruling https://belimedia.com.ng/labour-party-rejects-supreme-court-ruling https://belimedia.com.ng/labour-party-rejects-supreme-court-ruling LP rejects s'court verdict, asks international community to defend democracy in Nigeria

The Labour Party (LP) has rejected the judgement of the supreme court affirming the victory of President Bola Tinubu.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the seven-member panel of the apex court dismissed the petitions of Peter Obi of the LP and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election.

Reacting to the verdict, Julius Abure, LP national chairman, called on the international community to rise and defend democracy in Nigeria.

Abure also described the judgement as “shocking and surprising”.

“We are indeed very shocked and surprised that even the apex Court will toe the line of an earlier judgement in spite of all the flaws associated with the judgement delivered by the Presidential Election Appeal Tribunal.

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Thu, 26 Oct 2023 17:48:00 +0100 Jan Bulo
X (Twitter) To Begin Charging New Users For Basic Features https://belimedia.com.ng/x-twitter-to-begin-charging-new-users-for-basic-features https://belimedia.com.ng/x-twitter-to-begin-charging-new-users-for-basic-features New Twitter users will have to pay an annual fee of $1 in test markets.

The social media platform formerly known as Twitter (now called X) has announced that it is testing a new program that will require new users to pay an annual fee of $1 to use most of the platform's functions, including the ability to Tweet and interact with other users.

The "Not a Bot" program will be tested in New Zealand and the Philippines first, and existing users will not be affected. Twitter claims that the move is not meant to be a "profit driver," but is instead intended to combat spam accounts. 

"This new test was developed to bolster our already successful efforts to reduce spam, manipulation of our platform and bot activity, while balancing platform accessibility with the small fee amount. It is not a profit driver," the company wrote on Twitter. "And so far, subscription options have proven to be the main solution that works at scale."

Unsurprisingly, the announcement was quickly blasted by users. While Elon Musk believes the move will help to cut down on the spam bots that have quickly inundated the platform, most users remain skeptical.

Some have pointed out that spam accounts are already willing to pay for a blue check, so it doesn't seem hard to believe that spam accounts would be willing to pay a small, $1 fee. 

Of course, the move could also push potential users to embrace other social media platforms. The changes to Twitter/X have led to a lot of frustration for current users. In addition to the spam bot problem, the website has lost many of its key advertisers.

Advertising still exists on the platform, but the companies paying to advertise on the platform are significantly smaller ones, and their ads seem to appear with much greater frequency than before. There's also the fact that the company's smaller staff has led to bigger problems, including features that routinely break. 

The biggest frustration for users, however, remains the changes to the blue check verification system. Elon Musk viewed the previous system as a status symbol for users, rather than a way of accurately verifying celebrities, journalists, and company accounts.

By making the verification system a paid option and giving those accounts priority over others, troll accounts have been been given priority under posts. 

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Wed, 18 Oct 2023 08:14:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Police Reveals Cause of Mohbad’s Death, Names Prime Suspect https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-police-reveals-cause-of-mohbads-death-names-prime-suspect https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-police-reveals-cause-of-mohbads-death-names-prime-suspect The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has disclosed that late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, began vomiting and developed goosebumps after he was injected three times by a nurse, Feyisayo Ogedemgbe, on September 12, 2023.

The CP made the disclosure at a press briefing on Friday at the state Command headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.

He was giving preliminary reports of an investigation conducted by the police team to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of Mohbad.

“As of today, a total of 26 witnesses have been interviewed,” the CP said.

He said those interrogated include Mohbad’s father, mother, sisters, brother, wife and manager, among others.

The CP said Mohbad was brought in dead to the hospital, and he was certified dead by doctors on duty on September 12.

According to the CP, the nurse, Feyisayo Ogedemgbe, who was invited by Mohbad’s friend, Ayobami Sodiq, aka Spending, to inject the singer at his residence, administered three injections believed to have led to the chain of reactions that eventually led to the singer’s death.

“Mohbad began vomiting and developed goosebumps after the injections,” Owohunwa said.

More to follow…

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 16:33:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: NLC Addresses Nigeria On 63rd Independence Day, Call On Nigerians To Join Labour On 3rd October’s Indefinite Strike Commencement https://belimedia.com.ng/nlc-addresses-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/nlc-addresses-nigeria INDEPENDENT DAY MESSAGE TO ALL NIGERIAN WORKERS AND PEOPLE BY

THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC)

NIGERIA: THE TRAVAILS OF A MISMANAGED GIANT

Our nation with all its flaws at conception possesses a great potential to be amongst the best economies of the world. It had the promise of a nation destined to be prosperous and continually developing. At independence, it began to demonstrate the signs that it was going to fulfill these expectations especially with all the giant strides being recorded in all the regions that made up the country. There was a healthy competition amongst the diverse regions for progress with pacesetting and record-breaking achievements all around the nation.

When Nigeria gained independence on October 1st, 1960, the world watched in awe as a nation endowed with abundant human and natural resources took its place on the global stage. With a thriving agricultural sector, burgeoning industries, and a diverse and vibrant populace, Nigeria held immense promise. The spirit of unity and hope that characterized those early years was palpable, and it seemed that we were poised for greatness.

The famous groundnut pyramids became the symbol of a prosperous north while the famous Cocoa House standing on the Cocoa output and the Western Television showed the readiness of the Western region to outpace others with the Eastern region demonstrating its prowess in Palm produce and its rich technological start-ups. It was indeed a nation poised for greatness as the sky beckons.

Our Hospitals and Educational institutions were top notch as royalties thronged our shores for medical treatments while Asian and other African students found home in our citadels of learning. We had a nation that could feed, house and cloth her people; a nation whose citizens lived in prosperity and enjoyed a life that was comparable to that possible in all parts of the globe.

Our currency which was originally the British Pounds and was changed in 1973 to the Naira was stronger than the U$ Dollars but was at par with the British Pounds. Going abroad for studies or to live was not attractive and foreign nationals thronged our shores for greener pasture. Social infrastructure was efficiently maintained and the public utilities remained functional.

As we celebrate Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary, it is important that we drew our attention to the fact that this nation was once a great nation filled with great hope inspired by great leaders until inept and corrupt leaders took over the helms of affairs and ran the country aground. The crisis of leadership is truly the crisis of our national development.

The continued mismanagement of our resources has made it difficult for us a nation and as a people to make sustainable progress rather, we have continued to march backwards with every preceding year looking worse than the previous one.

Regrettably, the decades that followed were marked by a series of missteps, mismanagement, and missed opportunities. The erosion of ethical governance, rampant corruption, and political instability became defining features of our nation. Instead of harnessing our potential for the collective good, our leaders often pursued personal interests, leaving the masses to grapple with the consequences.

There is no other way to explain the fact that about 43yrs ago, Nigeria had a vibrant Airline called the Nigeria Airways with a large fleet of Aircraft, flying to several parts of the globe and owning large properties which spans almost half of Ikeja GRA and in London and capital cities of Europe. We had a national Shipping line that had in its fleet several Vessels which competed favourably with other shipping lines all over the world yet, as a nation, we have managed to deliberately become a nation with neither a national Airline nor a national shipping line. We became a nation that derives happiness in making a mockery of ourselves as was typified by the Nigeria Air debacle where we had to fake the ownership of an Airline by shamelessly borrowing and repainting an Aircraft from Ethiopian Airline.

This period of independence must serve as a time when all of us have to seriously seek to question ourselves and thoroughly re-examine our actions as a people and as a nation. We have to soberly reflect on why we have moved from a once prosperous nation to become a country that is the poverty capital of the world with over 133m multi-dimensionally poor people. This number has since increased after the hike in the price of petrol (PMS) by His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is indeed an opportunity to find how we have moved to a nation that had a refinery that was operational in the 1960s which grew into another three refineries in the 1980s but which have been deliberately made obsolete by those we have entrusted the leadership of our nation.

Nigerians must seek to find out why we have become a nation that must import a product which can easily be refined in our nation and why the conscious sabotage of our economy by those who occupy the helm of affairs in our country? We must make conscious effort at finding out what the phantom called fuel subsidy is, how much was it worth, who was receiving the monies claimed to have been spent and why the obvious lies when the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) agreement was the framework for the import and distribution of products in Nigeria?

Also of great importance is the willful bastardisation of the Naira and the attendant Dollarisation of the economy by the nation’s leaders. We need to find out whether truly a genuine foreign exchange market exists in its true sense in Nigeria. Why would the value of the nation’s currency continue a free fall when the value of accruals from crude is rising? What magic has made it difficult for the value of the Naira to remain stable against the Dollar especially when the Dollar is being pummeled all over the world?

Workers all over Nigeria would want to find out why almost all the privatized entities were sold at a give away price to the so-called investors? Why is it that most of them have either been stripped and scrapped and no longer operational? Who are the real buyers of these entities? We will want to find out who bought the GENCOS and DISCOs, who bought the Ikot – Abasi Aluminium Smelter company and why it is no longer producing but has been shut down. Nigerians deserve to know and we must ask this question: what is going on here?

This Independence Day celebration should allow us to ask those who are leading us why they have refused to fund public Universities appropriately and have instead decided to establish and own private universities? We may wish to know why they have turned Nigeria from a country where foreigners took pride in coming for education to a country where majority of the citizens go abroad to obtain quality tertiary education. We would want to know why the elites have managed to price education out of the reach of the poor.

It is also an opportunity for Nigerian workers to ask our leaders why our hospitals have been turned into places to go and die instead of places to go and be healed? We would want to find out why our Health care system that used to boast of the patronage of influential individuals and families from all over the world have suddenly become anathema both to foreigners and the Nigerian rich? We want to find out why the Rich throng abroad to treat minor ailments instead of making use of our health facilities?

We want to find out what happened to the Ships in the defunct Nigeria Shipping line and what happened to the Aircraft and properties of Nigeria Airways that scattered all over the world. Who acquired them and at how much and where is the money from their acquisition? It will also be interesting to find out who acquired the Steel companies and why none of them is producing steel today?

Much more, Nigerian workers will want to find out why it has become difficult for an army that fought the Civil war and won, fought in Lebanon, Sierra Leone and in Liberia to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents? We want to find out whether it is a deliberate tool to keep Nigeria in perpetual crisis.

One of the most painful aspects of Nigeria’s journey has been the economic struggles faced by the majority of our citizens. Despite being blessed with abundant natural resources, poverty and unemployment have become entrenched in our society. The promise of prosperity for all remains elusive, as a significant portion of our population continues to live in abject poverty.

Moreover, social disparities have widened, with a yawning gap between the privileged few and the marginalized many. Access to quality healthcare, education, and basic infrastructure remains a distant dream for millions of Nigerians. This inequality not only undermines our social fabric but also hampers our collective progress.

As the voice of Nigerian workers, the Nigeria Labour Congress has tirelessly championed and will continue to champion the rights and welfare of Nigerian workers and people. Yet, we cannot overlook the numerous challenges that persist. Issues such as unfair labour practices, inadequate safety standards, and insufficient protection for workers continue to plague our labor force. It is imperative that we work together to address these issues and create an environment where every worker can thrive.

It is inexplicable why this persistent contradiction of; the harder we work, the less we earn; which has kept Nigerian workers totally emasculated and unable to meet their basic needs. N30,000 national minimum wage cannot buy a bag of 50kg rice but can only buy 30 loaves of average sized bread yet some states have refused to pay. Earned income via wages are seen as charity demanding applause from Nigerians when they are paid. Workers have become reduced to going to work on Mondays and sleeping in their places of work till Friday evening before going home because they cannot afford the cost of transport on daily basis yet, this government has refused to act to save the people from this horrendous suffering. That is why we have continued to ask for a Wage Award to serve as a cushion to the consequences of the hike in the price of Patrol by the Government.

We have demanded that because the level of hunger and disease in our nation has become so pervasive, Government should look at Cash Transfers for the most vulnerable through an acceptable national register of the most vulnerable; Tax rebates for low and middle income earners, Mass Transit schemes driven by CNG and EVs to reduce transport cost to citizens; getting the four existing public refineries back to work of which Billions of U$ Dollars have been spent; Access to social housing, Healthcare and quality Education for our citizens; instead of meeting them, they sought means of hijacking Unions and persecuting trade union leaders to weaken and muzzle our voices as the only remaining voice in the civic space.

Despite the challenges that have beset us, there is reason for hope. Nigeria remains a nation with enormous potential. Our young and dynamic population, if properly empowered, can be the driving force behind our resurgence. It is imperative that we invest in education, skills development, and job creation to harness the untapped potential within our youth.

Furthermore, we must demand accountability from our leaders. The days of impunity and unbridled corruption must come to an end. We call on all Nigerians to actively participate in the democratic process, holding our elected officials to the highest standards of integrity and performance.

We must then in the spirit of this year’s independence go beyond questioning why we have found ourselves in the cesspool of poverty and despair and build a determination to put a stop to this inexorable march to the cesspit and morass of excruciating pains and impoverishment. The citizens have a strong role to play in our collective quest for freedom from the shackles of mindless exploitation and pauperization.

Holding our leaders accountable is one of the very critical roles we must all play to free ourselves from the gyres of the oppressive forces of retrogression. It is the highest form of participation in the democratic space. If we cannot hold our leaders to account for every of their action then, we lose our democracy and we lose our nation. It therefore remains our patriotic duty for those that truly love our nation to rise at this time and speak truth to power to ensure that the salvation of our nation becomes real and our people from the North, the West, South and the East are able to enjoy the full benefits of their “Nigerianness” which holds a great promise.

What will the people say of us when we are gone? How will they perceive our actions today if in the face of the great injustice to the downtrodden and the disdain and contempt being meted to our people, we refuse to take action? How will posterity judge us and how will the generations to come see us – as those that folded their arms while our nation kept slipping down the path to destruction or shall we be seen as those patriotic heroes that stood against the manifest wickedness trampling down on the rights and privileges of the common man with historic arrogance and impunity? Are we going to be counted amongst those who rescued our nation by stoically insisting that enough is enough? What will be our choice?

Until we seek to find out why we moved from a nation that had Automobile plants littered all over the nation like Steyr, Leyland, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Peugeot to a nation with zero automobile manufacturing companies if not the intervention of INNOSON and co, a nation that had strategic Paper Mills around the country but now imports all its paper products; a nation that had Steel Rolling Mills in katsina, Osogbo, Jos including Aladja, Ajaokuta etc but had them all intentionally crippled and hijacked by greedy capitalists, we will not have real independence.

Our nation needs men and women today who can rise and save her from those who have captured our nation and are using its levers just for their own selfish ends without any care at all in the world about the workers, the unemployed and the suffering. We need men and women who will deliver us from the galloping powers of neo-colonialism especially their internal collaborators who rule our nation at their behest without a care of the consequences of their actions for millions of our citizens.

We call on all national gatekeepers especially the Traditional Rulers who are the custodians of our customs and traditions and who are closest to the masses thus can feel the degree of suffering in the Country to plead with Government to lift the burden on the people. In making our nation work for the people, the purpose of Governance is fulfilled as anything short of that makes governance predatory.

As we mark this Independence Day, let us do so with a renewed sense of purpose. Let us acknowledge our past, confront our present challenges, and collectively work towards a brighter future for Nigeria.

Together, we can reclaim the greatness that has eluded us for too long. It is time for Nigeria to rise and shine once more as a beacon of hope and prosperity for all its citizens. Remember, when we stand as one refusing to be divided, we will triumph! We call on all Nigerians to join us on the 3rd day of October around Nigeria to begin our march to freedom through the indefinite nationwide strike.

To this end, the Nigeria Labour Congress beckons on all of us to join hands from all parts of the nation; the North, the East, the West and the South to build the needed coalition to make our nation truly an independent nation. This nation can work for all of us! This nation can be made beautiful but good things do not just happen; they are worked out. Liberty is not a ripe fruit that falls to the ground on its own accord. With our hands joined together as the owners of Nigeria, in truth and one heart, we can work for our freedom.

Let us awaken this giant and make it work for us!

We wish all Nigerians a happy 63rd Anniversary!

” A people United can never be defeated”

Comrade Joe Ajaero

President

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Sun, 01 Oct 2023 09:24:46 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Mohbad's Autopsy Completed, Police Says As Nigerians Await Results https://belimedia.com.ng/mohbads-autopsy-completed https://belimedia.com.ng/mohbads-autopsy-completed The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said the autopsy of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba popularly known as Mohbad has been completed, Vanguard Nigeria reports.

The NPF made this known on its X page on Thursday night.

Recall that Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin had earlier announced that Mohbad’s body was exhumed for autopsy.

“The Nigeria Police Force wished to inform the public that the autopsy procedure for Mr Mohbad has been successfully completed,” the NPF wrote.

“Furthermore the information will be provided as soon as the results are available,” it added.

Mohbad’s death last Tuesday raised concerns, as an accusing finger was pointed at the Marlian Record Label’s owner Afeez Fashola professionally known as Naira Marley.

Also, there have been allegations and counter-allegations from his distant relatives over his estate in the early days of his demise.

Nigerians queried why he was buried at Ikorodu in Lagos, immediately after the following day he died, but his father provided an explanation that the family Yoruba custom.

Nigerian youths have staged peaceful protests to demand justice for him.

Both Nigeria police and Lagos police command vowed to probe his death, as the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also asked that the Department of State Service (DSS) to join in the investigation.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2023 21:09:46 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Kano Gov Yusuf, Declares Gawuna Winner https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tribunal-sacks-kano-gov-yusuf-declares-gawuna-winner https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tribunal-sacks-kano-gov-yusuf-declares-gawuna-winner The Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has ordered the withdrawal of certificate of return issued to Govenor Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and directed that the certificate be issued to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the March 18 election, Dr. Nasir Gawuna.

The Tribunal gave the order in its judgement on the disputed Kano State governorship election Wednesday afternoon.

The Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal had commenced delivering its judgment via zoom on Wednesday at the Miller Road Kano State High Court complex.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 16:47:33 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tinubu To Announce New Minimum Wage For Nigerian Workers Next Week https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-to-announce-new-minimum-wage-for-nigerian-workers-next-week https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-tinubu-to-announce-new-minimum-wage-for-nigerian-workers-next-week Baring last minute changes, President Bola Tinubu will announce a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers next week reports Politics Nigeria.

President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Festus Osifo, disclosed this while speaking on the outcome of the union’s Tuesday meeting with the federal government on the fuel subsidy removal.

Recall that the TUC had given the federal government a two-week ultimatum to address its demands or risk industrial action from workers across the country.

Speaking on ChannelsTV’s Politics Today on Tuesday evening, Osifo noted that the minister of labour, Simon Lalong, told them he had met with President Tinubu and the minister of finance, Wale Edun.

Osifo said Lalong told the union that the issue of wage had been reviewed adding that President Tinubu would speak on the matter in the coming days.

“The minister of labour told us that he had an audience with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the minister of finance and had reviewed the issue of wage award. But the president asked them to fine-tune the issues before he makes the announcement,” the TUC president said.

“The minister told us all these issues would be streamlined but because the president has travelled we should give him an extra two weeks. We said no; we don’t have an extra two wOsifo noted that the union had engaged the federal government on the palliatives released to states.

“We are going to monitor distribution of palliatives in states to make sure the scheme is implemented appropriately. We want to see the template of the implementation that is why we engaged the federal government on this issue. We also raised issues around taxation and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas),” the TUC president added.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 12:24:38 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to Deliver Judgment Today https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-governorship-election-petition-tribunal-to-deliver-judgment-today https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-governorship-election-petition-tribunal-to-deliver-judgment-today The Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is set to deliver judgment today, September 20, 2023, in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The three-man panel, presided over by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, will decide the fate of Governor Abba Kabiru Yusuf of the NNPP.

In the March 2023 election, Yusuf polled 1,019,602 votes to defeat Nasiru Gawuna of the APC, who scored 890,705 votes.

The APC is challenging Yusuf’s victory on the grounds that he was not a full and registered member of the NNPP before the election. The party is also asking the tribunal to declare the election inconclusive or to nullify Yusuf’s victory and declare Gawuna the winner.

The NNPP has denied all the allegations and has asked the tribunal to dismiss the APC’s petition for lack of merit.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 07:12:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: His Spirit Won’t Let Me Rest, Sam Larry And The Whole Marlians Music Must Be Arrested, Bella Shmurda Says As He Breaks Silence On MohBad’s Death https://belimedia.com.ng/bella-shmurda-breaks-silence-on-mohbads-death https://belimedia.com.ng/bella-shmurda-breaks-silence-on-mohbads-death Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Abiola Ahmed Akinbiyi popularly known as Bella Shmurda has broken silence on the death of his close friend and co singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba who was popularly known as Mohbad.

MohBad died on Tuesday and subsequently buried on Wednesday in Ikorodu area of Lagos, sparking controversies about his actual cause of death.

In a post via his official Twitter handle on Sunday, Bella Shmurda said: “For the past few days now, have being deliberating on what to do while for the authorities of the Nigerian police of at least get one or people involved in maltreatment nd malicious act towards Mohbad.”

“Since he died, his spirit has not left me, saying a lot of things in my head, pointing hands to people that needs to be dealt with in my dreams. I got to Canada just few days before he died, which I make I went to see him I tell him my plans before leaving as per my g as usual. I’m here to see my family nd also kick start my tour but I can’t anymore I’m not mentally in shape for it nd I will be back in few days but regardless , Mohbad submitted lots nd lots of petition against this people nd act towards him complained shouted, but the Nigerian police are so driven with nepotism nd non challant atitude toward this matter until this boy is no more.”

Bella Shmurda furthermore revealed that “In the past few days, i have tried my best not to carry phone nd type anything but Mohbad spirit won’t let me rest knowing I’m the only one make his spirit calm by making those of them who make him live in fear nd almost with nothing to feed on never also get rest nd he don start yes I mean wahaLa just wan start like this, I NO GO GREE nd I mean it, Sam Larry nd whole marlians music must be arrested, make all of us Dey police nd if the Nigerian police too weak as body to fish this people out, we do it street, legal or illegal, any which way like this war don start. If they all ran out the country which shows that they’re actually guilt of whatever crime were said to have committed by them, then it’s they’re guilty nd they all know they should never come back nd they should ban from entering the country for life.”

“If una like make una pack una family member do tribute song first release his catalogue nd unpaid royalties legally. Then we start fresh discussion about other things she goat with British accent

All of una wey Dey der wen things Dey hapun wey Dey form gang gang. Una just jam wahala I know all of una, is better una travel no come back for life bcos hmm ‘anyways boys don Dey street

Sha everybody go feel am.”

“Pounds for pounds, flesh for flesh, Whether u be aiye oo, eiye oo, or sealords whatever it may be this boy sang for make us happy, jubilate, think, rejoice supported even while is in pains nd living in fear now it’s our time to do our part for him I want everyone with one voice let get him justice all hands on deck #justice for Mohbad fish dem out legal or illegal.”

“As Mohbad always say imolenization

Fun won ni pressure ????????❤️.”

Mohbad is survived by his parents, siblings, newborn baby and wife. Meanwhile, fans have demanded an account of his last moments.

Mohbad’s songs are now topping the chart on most streaming platforms like Apple, Spotify and Boomplay among others. Several commentators online have asked that the place and how he died be made known by those who were with him to the end. It is believed that such a revelation may respond to some posers regarding the untimely exit of the 27-year-old musician.

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Sun, 17 Sep 2023 16:43:49 +0100 Jan Bulo
Obasanjo’s Second Term Was The “Most Successful” In Terms Of Economic Growth, Job Creation And Inflation Rate In Nigeria – el&Rufai https://belimedia.com.ng/obasanjos-second-term-was-the-most-successful-in-terms-of-economic-growth-job-creation-and-inflation-rate-in-nigeria-el-rufai https://belimedia.com.ng/obasanjos-second-term-was-the-most-successful-in-terms-of-economic-growth-job-creation-and-inflation-rate-in-nigeria-el-rufai Nasir el-Rufai, ex-governor of Kaduna state, says the second term of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the “most successful” in terms of economic growth, job creation, and inflation rate in Nigeria.

The former governor spoke on Friday during a session at the Africa In the World conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

 “If you look at Nigeria’s economic trajectory, the most successful four to five-year period of economic growth, job creation, and reduced inflation was the period of the second term of President Obasanjo in 2003 to 2007, when for the first time, the country went back into proper integrated planning and we also got lucky,”

“Oil prices began to rise but we did not waste the windfall because we had planned. We had an excess crude account (ECA) that was based on fiscal rule that any surpluses above a certain benchmark price of crude oil goes to that savings account. 

And with that, we were able to get rid of all our foreign debt.” 

El-Rufai said Nigeria’s fiscal health was at its best in 2007, such that when the global financial crisis took place in 2008, “Nigeria did not feel anything”.

“Nothing was felt in Nigeria because Nigeria had a big savings account; we had huge reserves and we were able to absorb the shock without any internal problems unlike most countries,”

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023 08:15:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
No Family Is Perfect, Families Have Disagreements But No Harm Whatsoever Was Wished On Mohbad, Naira Marley Says As He Denies Hand in MohBad’s Death, Calls for Thorough Investigation https://belimedia.com.ng/naira-marley-denies-hand-in-mohbads-death https://belimedia.com.ng/naira-marley-denies-hand-in-mohbads-death Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, has denied having a hand in the death of his former signee, Ileriooluwa Oladimeji Aloba, with the stage name MohBad.

MohBad died on Tuesday in a controversial manner, and many social media users have pointed accusing fingers at Naira Marley and his associates.

However, in a statement issued on Friday night, Naira Marley said he was saddened by MohBad’s death and that he deserved a befitting burial.

He also called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding MohBad’s death.

“Mohbad is an incredible street pop star who contributed to the foundation of the Martian Music,” Naira Marley said in his statement. “Despite his departure last year we continually championed his talent.”

“No family is perfect, families have disagreements but no harm whatsoever was wished on Mohbad. So many things left unsaid but the love was always there. This tragedy is not only a loss for us but to everyone you touched musically around the world.”

“As we share our condolences to the late Mohbad, we would like to echo a call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We’re unhappy and unsettled with everything we have witnessed since Tuesday the 12th Sept. We owe it to Mohbad to assist with uncovering any foul play or injustice.”

Naira Marley also said that Marlian Music was saddened that MohBad didn’t get a befitting burial.

“Our brother deserved a better send off, it saddens us that we couldn’t assist with providing a befitting burial. We will continue our efforts to reach out to the family.”

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023 06:55:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Nationwide blackout as electricity grid collapses https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nationwide-blackout-as-electricity-grid-collapses-43909 https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nationwide-blackout-as-electricity-grid-collapses-43909 Nigeria is currently experiencing widespread darkness following the collapse of the national grid system.

The grid system is operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Checks in the early hour of Thursday showed that the grid plummeted to a meagre 273 megawatts of electricity coming from two out of the over 27 electricity generation.

This comes barely a week after TCN celebrated a questionable 400 days of grid stability.

A number of Distribution Companies (DisCos) told Guardian that the grid went down at 00:41 AM, disclosing that most of their feeders are out.

As of 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, five generating plants were on the grid. Afam VI had 0.70MW, Dadinkowa was generating 0.00MW, Ibom Power had 32.90MW, Jebba had 240MW and Olorunsogo was on the grid with zero generation.

At about 1AM midnight, the total power on the grid was 35MW, indicating that the country experienced a total collapse.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 08:18:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Nationwide blackout as electricity grid collapses https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nationwide-blackout-as-electricity-grid-collapses https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nationwide-blackout-as-electricity-grid-collapses Nigeria is currently experiencing widespread darkness following the collapse of the national grid system.

The grid system is operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Checks in the early hour of Thursday showed that the grid plummeted to a meagre 273 megawatts of electricity coming from two out of the over 27 electricity generation.

This comes barely a week after TCN celebrated a questionable 400 days of grid stability.

A number of Distribution Companies (DisCos) told Guardian that the grid went down at 00:41 AM, disclosing that most of their feeders are out.

As of 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, five generating plants were on the grid. Afam VI had 0.70MW, Dadinkowa was generating 0.00MW, Ibom Power had 32.90MW, Jebba had 240MW and Olorunsogo was on the grid with zero generation.

At about 1AM midnight, the total power on the grid was 35MW, indicating that the country experienced a total collapse.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 08:17:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Gov Yahaya Bello approves 100% increment for NYSC members in Kogi https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-gov-yahaya-bello-approves-100-increment-for-nysc-members-in-kogi https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-gov-yahaya-bello-approves-100-increment-for-nysc-members-in-kogi Governor Yahaya Bello has announced a remarkable 100% increase in the allowances of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Kogi state, politics Nigeria reports.

The announcement came during the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 closing ceremony of the NYSC at the State’s Orientation Camp in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area.

In addition to the allowance increment, Governor Bello announced a generous donation of N37.7 million as logistics support for the Youth Corps members.

This support aims to facilitate their smooth transition to their respective places of primary assignment.

Governor Bello called upon private sector employers to join hands in prioritising NYSC members’ welfare, recognising their pivotal role in nation-building.

Furthermore, the Governor delivered a poignant message to the Corps members, urging them to uphold good conduct and embrace Nigeria’s unity spirit.

He emphasised the values of diligence, hard work, commitment, and understanding during their service years, highlighting that these qualities will prepare them to overcome future challenges beyond their NYSC service period.

Governor Bello also commended the State Coordinator of the NYSC, Pastor (Mrs) Adebimpe Williams, for her efforts in improving the camp’s infrastructure and assured that other developmental requests would receive due attention.

1,888 corps members, comprising 977 males and 911 females, have been deployed to Kogi State for the latest batch of the NYSC programme.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2023 16:21:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
Labour Shuns FG, Begins Warning Strike Over Delayed Palliatives https://belimedia.com.ng/labour-shuns-fg-begins-warning-strike-over-delayed-palliatives https://belimedia.com.ng/labour-shuns-fg-begins-warning-strike-over-delayed-palliatives Despite moves by the federal government to stave off the proposed nationwide warning strike, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday evening shunned the meeting called by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The meeting, which was convened by the minister of labour and employment, Simon Lalong, to discuss a possible way out without strike, commenced at about 5:30pm without any representative of the NLC. Only the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by its national president, Festus Osifo, showed up for the meeting.

Earlier yesterday morning, the minister appealed to the organised labour to shelve the strike but multiple sources showed that many affiliates of the NLC and some state councils had concluded mobilisation processes, signifying the strike will go on today.

Lalong said that the government was working to address the concerns of the labour movement and the Nigerian people, and asked for more time for it to implement the necessary palliative measures and address other issues raised by the labour centre.

He also assured Nigerian workers that the government would never take them for granted nor fail to appreciate their support and understanding, adding that in the coming weeks, additional palliative measures will be announced by the federal government.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2023 03:33:10 +0100 Jan Bulo
Niger State Declares Public Holiday For Distribution Of Palliatives https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-state-declares-public-holiday-for-distribution-of-palliatives https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-state-declares-public-holiday-for-distribution-of-palliatives The governor of Niger State, Muhammad Umar Bago has declared a three-day public holiday for the distribution of palliatives to the various wards and units across the 25 local government areas of the state.

The three days declared are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.

Bago, however, warned that anyone caught diverting palliatives meant for the people would be jailed to serve as a deterrent to others.

He further announced that so far, the sum of N2bn with five trucks of rice have already been received from the federal government, while 40 bags of maize and additional N2b are being awaited.

According to him, “The sum of N3.2bn will be disbursed to the 25 LGs as palliatives next Monday, and N5.2bn will be injected into local markets next week to boast economic activities in the state.”

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Sat, 02 Sep 2023 08:49:39 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Nigerian Flag Designer, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi Is Dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nigerian-flag-designer-pa-taiwo-akinkunmi-is-dead https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-nigerian-flag-designer-pa-taiwo-akinkunmi-is-dead The designer of Nigerian Flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, has died at the age of 87.

his son, Akinkunmi Akinwumi Samuel, announced his demise via his Facebook page on Wednesday.

He wrote, “Life is indeed transient; i can say boldly you live a life with a landmark. Continue to rest on, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R) Great Man has gone.”

Akinkunmi was awarded 100 pounds by the government when his design was selected as the Nigerian flag. 

He has also been honoured with the MON (Member of the Order of the Niger) Award by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2023 14:13:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Another Coup In Africa As Military Takes Over In Gabon https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-another-coup-in-africa-as-military-takes-over-in-gabon https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-another-coup-in-africa-as-military-takes-over-in-gabon The Gabonese military has announced a coup in Gabon deposing President Ali Bongo, citing that the elections held over the weekend were not credible.

The officers appeared on Gabon24 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They said they have cancelled the elections, dissolved all state institutions and closed the country’s borders.

Soldiers appeared on Gabon National Television to announce a coup in Gabon, deposing President Ali Bongo, who was declared winner of Saturday’s election.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2023 07:14:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
Coup: “We Are Ready”’ ECOWAS Says, As It Fixes Date To Invade Niger https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-we-are-ready-ecowas-says-as-it-fixes-date-to-invade-niger https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-we-are-ready-ecowas-says-as-it-fixes-date-to-invade-niger Officials of the Economic Development Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) said the Security Chiefs of the organization have decided on the date they will send troops to Niger, after a two-day meeting in Accra, the capital the city of Ghana. “We are ready to enter whenever we are ordered”. According to the bloc’s Military

ECOWAS reached this conclusion after Niger’s Military Junta failed to reach an agreement regarding the ongoing conflict in order to return ousted President Mohamed Bazoum to power.

Speaking to the press after the summit, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Ambassador Abdel-Fatau Musah, said they would not reveal the date they set, due to strategic military reasons.

However, he said that all members of the nine groups that participated in the meeting will contribute troops and equipment to invade Niger.

He stressed that the action will be limited to see the restoration of governance’ in Niger take place in a well mannered order.

They also considered the security and humanitarian consequences that the level of military force might entail. However, ECOWAS said that the door to dialogue is still open to resolve the conflict peacefully and it will send a mediation convoy to Niger in a few days.

Some military officers overthrew President Bazoum Mohamed of Niger on July 26, and ignored calls from the United Nations, ECOWAS and other Western countries to restore him to power.

The incident triggered the ECOWAS group, which then ordered that its armed forces should be on standby for a possible counter on Niger. The security chiefs also refused to explain how they will deploy the forces and other important information about the plans of the army. The ECOWAS group is demanding the immediate release of the ousted president, his family and government officials.

General Abdourahamane Tchiani seized power last month after staging a coup. Niger, a country rich in uranium, is one of the poorest countries in the world and is suffering from a serious insurgency.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2023 22:05:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu Considering Temporary Subsidy On Petrol Few Months After Removal https://belimedia.com.ng/president-tinubu-considering-temporary-subsidy-on-petrol-few-months-after-removal https://belimedia.com.ng/president-tinubu-considering-temporary-subsidy-on-petrol-few-months-after-removal President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is considering a “temporary subsidy” on petrol as crude oil prices and foreign exchange rates continue to soar, reports the cable.

There is yet no final decision, but the proposal is “firmly on the table” as Nigerians continue to groan under harsh economic realities following the removal of petrol subsidy in May 2023.

Already, labour unions have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the petrol price further surges.

The Kenyan government, on Monday, re-introduced fuel subsidies to curb soaring prices of petrol, kerosene, and diesel in the country.

The move came after months of violent anti-government protests over the burden of high cost of living.

According to a presidency official, the “realistic” amount of petrol consumed in the country is now known following the removal of subsidy on Tinubu’s inauguration, hence the amount spent on subsidy “can now be controlled”.

On Monday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited said there are no plans to hike pump prices despite the rise in crude oil prices, landing cost, and fall in the value of the naira.

This is understood to be an option for Tinubu to keep the current prices, although private importers have not made a definite pronouncement on any possible adjustments.

But speculations around another increase in the pump price of petrol (currently at over N600) have caused tensions across the country, leading to panic buying in the early hours of Tuesday.

Since Tinubu announced the removal of the petrol subsidy, Nigerians have had no respite from price hikes.

Foreign exchange challenges, coupled with the unrestrained slump of the naira — Nigeria’s local currency — have led to a sustained upward trend, in the prices of goods and services.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2023 17:55:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nnamdi Kanu Is sick, He May Die In DSS Custody, Says Simon Ekpa https://belimedia.com.ng/nnamdi-kanu-is-sick-he-may-die-in-dss-custody-says-simon-ekpa https://belimedia.com.ng/nnamdi-kanu-is-sick-he-may-die-in-dss-custody-says-simon-ekpa Simon Ekpa, a Biafra agitator, has threatened to deal with those detaining leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, should anything happen to him.

Ekpa, a self-proclaimed disciple of Kanu, said the separatist leader’s health was deteriorating, stressing that he may die in DSS detention if nothing was done urgently.

Recall that Kanu has been in detention in the facility of Nigeria’s secret police, the DSS, since he was arrested in Kenya mid 2021.

Kanu was later extradited to Nigeria to face trial for treasonable felony despite the Court of Appeal freeing the IPOB leader from terrorism and treasonable felony charges in 2022.

In a tweet on Saturday, Ekpa vowed to deal with those involved should anything happen to Kanu.

“BRGIE @BiafraRGIE BREAKING, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is very sick and may die in DSS if nothing is done or not released soon. I wish to inform Biafrans that Onyendu is very sick right now. He is in the worst state ever. If MNK dies in DSS let them know that none of those involved in this crime will be free,” Ekpa tweeted.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 13:25:49 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Military Debunks Calls For Coup D’etat In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-military-debunks-calls-for-coup-detat-in-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-military-debunks-calls-for-coup-detat-in-nigeria The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed online reports calling for military coup d’etat in Nigeria.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, said the military as an institution was better off under democracy.

Gusau stated this in a statement late Friday while reacting to reports calling on the military to interfere in the nation’s democracy, saying it was “highly unpatriotic, wicked, and an attempt to distract the Armed Forces of Nigeria from performing its constitutional responsibilities.”

He said while the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nimperial (AFN) gives priority to welfare of its personnel, it, however, “detest any attempt by any individual or group to instigate the law abiding Armed Forces of Nigeria to embark on any unconstitutional change of government in our country.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the military is happy and better under democracy and will not get involved in any act to sabotage the hard-earned democracy in our country.”

He reiterated that the AFN under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, was determined to ensure complete subordination of the Armed Forces to constitutional authority under President Bola Tinubu.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 12:30:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
ECOWAS Cautions Russia Against Involvement Of Wagner Group In Niger https://belimedia.com.ng/ecowas-cautions-russia-against-involvement-of-wagner-group-in-niger https://belimedia.com.ng/ecowas-cautions-russia-against-involvement-of-wagner-group-in-niger ECOWAS Cautions Russia againsThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said that it will hold Russia responsible if a private military contractor of the Eastern European nation, Wagner Group, gets involved in the crisis in the Republic of Niger.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Abdel-Fatau Musah, said this in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Friday.

Musah noted that another West African nation had a separate arrangement with the private military security outfit from Russia.

The official of the West African bloc further warned the Wagner Group against violating human rights in the wake of the coup in the Niger Republic.

“The Wagner Group, apparently, is in Mali today. The Malian government says this is an agreement between them and the Russian Federation,” Musah said.

“We want to take them by their word, which means any sort of action that infringes on human rights or yeah, or devastation in our region by these private military contractors, we are going to hold the other countries of our region responsible for that.”

Musah was asked if he was referring to Russia, to which the ECOWAS official replied, “That’s Russia (we will hold them) responsible diplomatically. The West African region is just not Russia.”

According to Musah, private military companies have been a feature of the African conflict scene for so many years.

“Private military companies were involved in Sierra Leone. They were involved in Liberia during those civil wars, long ago. And even recently, in the global conflict, there has been the use of private military companies,” he said..

“The Americans are using them in Iraq; in Afghanistan, they use them, and others. What we are seeing is that these groups are not acceptable in Africa, even though they are there, and we are going to hold their countries of origin responsible for any violations.”

In related news, Musah said that the ousted Niger president Mohamed Bazoum and his son being held by the country’s coup leaders, are living under appalling circumstances.

“We are going there, if need be, to rescue President Bazoum, who is living in very terrible conditions today. He is being denied medical attention, he’s being denied even access to his usual food,” he said.

“His son, who is also in detention, has lost so many kilos already. They are being held in these inhumane conditions and we cannot just sit back idle and depend on the goodwill of these people who are disrupting the democratic process in the country.”

Meanwhile, West African chiefs of staff decided to meet on Saturday following a summit that ordered the deployment of a “standby force” in the effort to resolve the Niger Republic crisis, regional military sources said.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 09:24:33 +0100 Jan Bulo
Troops Of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) Rescue Former Provost, Son In Zamfara State https://belimedia.com.ng/troops-of-operation-hadarin-daji-ophd-rescue-former-provost-son-in-zamfara-state https://belimedia.com.ng/troops-of-operation-hadarin-daji-ophd-rescue-former-provost-son-in-zamfara-state On the 11th of August 2023, Troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji deployed at Forward Operating Base Mada in Zamfara state while on routine patrol along Shemori – Yandoto road at Marke general area encountered an unspecified number of armed Bandits.

The troops engaged the Bandits in a fire fight for several hours, due to the troops fire superiority, the bandits fled in disarray into forest along the area.

The OPHD troops immediately went in hot pursuit of the Bandits into the forest which forced them to abandon 2 civilians who were rescued from the Bandits unhurt. and recovered 2 operational motorcycles of the fleeing bandits.

During an interview with the rescued persons they were identified as Dr Hassan Abubakar Augie, a former Provost Federal College of Education (,Technical) Gusau and his son. Preliminary investigation revealed that the abductees were abducted by Armed bandits late last night from his residence and were taken into the forest before the timely arrival of troops who rescued them.

Accordingly, the duo victims have been reunited with their families amidst jubilation while the troops maintained aggressive vigilance and patrol in the general area.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 09:23:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
Commercial Flights To Commence Operations Soon At Minna Airport – Bago https://belimedia.com.ng/commercial-flights-to-commence-operations-soon-at-minna-airport-bago https://belimedia.com.ng/commercial-flights-to-commence-operations-soon-at-minna-airport-bago Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umar Bago has disclosed that Government had opened talks with private airline operators to commence commercial flight operations at the Abubakar Imam International Airport, Minna.

He spoke while inspecting the ongoing reconstruction of the runway and terminal projects at the airport.

The Governor who expressed concern over the slow pace of work on the terminal, said the state government would invite the contractor and see how it would take over the project for immediate completion.

He said completion of the terminal would set the ball rolling to commence commercial flight operations.

“As a state government we want to invite the contractor to see how we can intervene and if possible take over the job so that we can have functional airport.

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Sat, 12 Aug 2023 09:21:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ECOWAS Impose Travel Bans, Other Fresh Sanctions on Coup Leaders https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-ecowas-impose-travel-bans-other-fresh-sanctions-on-coup-leaders https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-ecowas-impose-travel-bans-other-fresh-sanctions-on-coup-leaders The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed fresh sanctions on the leaders of the coup in Niger Republic.

The sanctions, which were announced on Tuesday, include a travel ban and asset freeze on the coup leaders and their associates. Politics Nigeria reports.

The disclosure was made by Presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngeale while addressing State House correspondents.

He said this was carried out through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

He, however, did not go into details.

ECOWAS had earlier given the coup leaders seven days to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum or face further sanctions. However, the coup leaders refused to back down and even severed ties with Nigeria, Togo, France and the US

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Tue, 08 Aug 2023 17:58:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
Why I Ordered The Removal Of Maryam Shetty’s Name As Ministerial Nominee, Ganduje Reveals https://belimedia.com.ng/why-i-ordered-the-removal-of-maryam-shettys-name-as-ministerial-nominee-ganduje-reveals-43485 https://belimedia.com.ng/why-i-ordered-the-removal-of-maryam-shettys-name-as-ministerial-nominee-ganduje-reveals-43485 The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said that Dr. Maryam Shetty was nominated by some set of individuals from Kano without his knowledge.

However, he said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the right to appoint those he wants to work with as ministers from various states of the country based on his plans and the qualifications of the nominees amongst other criterias.

The former Governor of Kano State who is now the National Chairman of the ruling APC in an interview with the Press on Saturday said that he don’t have full details of Maryam Shetty, in fact they being Party Leaders from Kano don’t know her.

Therefore, “you see, we do not have any reason to give that she can or cannot do this work if our advice is sought”. Ganduje said.

Ganduje said that the reactions of people on social media also played a role in taking the decision to withdraw Dr. Maryam Shetty’s name from President Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees list after some people had already pointed out that she cannot hold the position of a minister in Nigeria because she has never held any Government office.

The APC leader said the latest development got to the President, who then called him to hear his advice. He said to me, “This is what is happening, were you the person that nominated her? I told him not at all, it’s not me, I don’t even know about it, then he said to me, what’s your take on it? Is there a need to change her?, I told him very seriously,” said the former governor of Kano.

Ganduje said that the position of a Minister is a position that requires experience and knowledge, which must play an important role in establishing the government politically. “So therefore, if you weigh these things, we should be the ones to be asked of the person who is to be nominated from Kano State,” he said.

He said that even if someone nominated her, they should have been consulted at the initial stage, and if it was appropriate, they could had definitely given her their massive support.

The removal of Maryam Shetty’s name from the list of President Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees just like when her name was announced among those who will be appointed in the first place, has caused a lot of debate and controversies, especially among the youth and women of the country.

Many asked of what she had done in the past that made the Presidency to nominate her for a Ministerial position.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2023 16:30:59 +0100 Jan Bulo
Why I Ordered The Removal Of Maryam Shetty’s Name As Ministerial Nominee, Ganduje Reveals https://belimedia.com.ng/why-i-ordered-the-removal-of-maryam-shettys-name-as-ministerial-nominee-ganduje-reveals https://belimedia.com.ng/why-i-ordered-the-removal-of-maryam-shettys-name-as-ministerial-nominee-ganduje-reveals The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said that Dr. Maryam Shetty was nominated by some set of individuals from Kano without his knowledge.

However, he said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the right to appoint those he wants to work with as ministers from various states of the country based on his plans and the qualifications of the nominees amongst other criterias.

The former Governor of Kano State who is now the National Chairman of the ruling APC in an interview with the Press on Saturday said that he don’t have full details of Maryam Shetty, in fact they being Party Leaders from Kano don’t know her.

Therefore, “you see, we do not have any reason to give that she can or cannot do this work if our advice is sought”. Ganduje said.

Ganduje said that the reactions of people on social media also played a role in taking the decision to withdraw Dr. Maryam Shetty’s name from President Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees list after some people had already pointed out that she cannot hold the position of a minister in Nigeria because she has never held any Government office.

The APC leader said the latest development got to the President, who then called him to hear his advice. He said to me, “This is what is happening, were you the person that nominated her? I told him not at all, it’s not me, I don’t even know about it, then he said to me, what’s your take on it? Is there a need to change her?, I told him very seriously,” said the former governor of Kano.

Ganduje said that the position of a Minister is a position that requires experience and knowledge, which must play an important role in establishing the government politically. “So therefore, if you weigh these things, we should be the ones to be asked of the person who is to be nominated from Kano State,” he said.

He said that even if someone nominated her, they should have been consulted at the initial stage, and if it was appropriate, they could had definitely given her their massive support.

The removal of Maryam Shetty’s name from the list of President Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees just like when her name was announced among those who will be appointed in the first place, has caused a lot of debate and controversies, especially among the youth and women of the country.

Many asked of what she had done in the past that made the Presidency to nominate her for a Ministerial position.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2023 16:28:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
Things Fall Apart As Bullet Proof Charm Fails Man, Shot Dead While Testing https://belimedia.com.ng/things-fall-apart-as-bullet-proof-charm-fails-man-shot-dead-while-testing https://belimedia.com.ng/things-fall-apart-as-bullet-proof-charm-fails-man-shot-dead-while-testing Tragedy struck in Laoso camp, Ondo town, Ondo State, as a son of a traditionalist, identified as Tunde Akinmoyewa, was shot dead by his friend, Bode, while testing the potency of a bulletproof charm placed on him.

Meanwhile, Police in the state said that the deceased was an ex-convict and cult members while the suspected killer is also a cultist.

Reports had it that the friends were trying to fortify themselves ahead of the yearly Ogun festival in the town.

Vanguard gathered that his friend was asked to test the potency of the charm put on the victim by shooting him with a Dane gun.

An eyewitness said: “It was unbelievable, because such charms never failed before. But this very day, this particular one failed and caused the death of the 27 years old son of a traditionalist in the camp.

“It was around 6:45p.m. at the Laoso camp in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, when a friend of Tunde volunteered to test the charm on him after drinking some bullet-repelling concoction.

“A native doctor, who reportedly prepared the charm, had assured them that they could not die from gunshots.

“To test the potency of the charms, Tunde was said to have told his friend to shoot him. Immediately Tunde’s friend fired the Dane gun at him, he fell and died instantly.

“He was confirmed dead at the hospital he was rushed to by others who were at the scene. The friend fled after the incident and before the villagers arrived the scene.”

Contacted, the state police commands spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, said that the victim was an ex-convict and cult member.

Odunlami said that the suspect, who shot the victim, is one of the deceased’s boys.

According to her, they were testing “a locally-made gun believed to be newly procured. He was shot and he died while being taken to the hospital for medical attention.”

The police imagemaker added that Tunde’s remains had been deposited at the morgue while efforts were in top gear to arrest the fleeing suspect.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 10:47:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
Despite I Was ‘Taunted’ I Won 2023 Election Fairly” &Tinubu Claims https://belimedia.com.ng/despite-i-was-taunted-i-won-2023-election-fairly-tinubu-claims https://belimedia.com.ng/despite-i-was-taunted-i-won-2023-election-fairly-tinubu-claims President Bola Tinubu has revealed that despite being taunted by some individuals in the build-up to the 2023 general elections, he deliberately honoured their wishes to prove he can still win fairly in spite of the obstacle.

President Tinubu disclosed this on Thursday in a speech he delivered at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja,

However, the meeting saw the emergence of the former Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje as the National Chairman of the party and Senator Ajibola Basiru, a spokesperson for the ninth Senate as the National Secretary.

Speaking further, Tinubu defended the legitimacy of the 2023 poll, warning that those still struggling to accept the outcome of the ‘free and fair election’ don’t deserve the joy of victory.

He said, “Some people baited us but we honoured their wishes and yet coasted to victory. Yes, we are facing challenges in court and I say this is one of the freest and fairest elections in the history of Nigeria.

“As a democrat, those who cannot accept the result of a free and fair election, do not deserve the joy of victory.

He said, “Some people baited us but we honoured their wishes and yet coasted to victory. Yes, we are facing challenges in court and I say this is one of the freest and fairest elections in the history of Nigeria.

“As a democrat, those who cannot accept the result of a free and fair election, do not deserve the joy of victory.

”We have worked hard, and we have received the trophy. Winning an election is the first part of the process. What is next is good governance and quality service delivery. We must promote unity, peace, and love among all organs of the party.

”You are the makers and drivers of the party. When we have all passengers inside the bus, the driver must not fall asleep. The brake must also work well. Party loyalty must exist.”

Tinubu urged the NEC to delegate some of its authority to the party’s National Working Committee so that it could also fill other vacancies in the party on the main agenda of the NEC meeting, which also included the appointment of new external auditors to audit the party accounts and the appointment of candidates to fill the positions of National Chairman and National Secretary.

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, who also serves as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, seconded the motion that was made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio.The former Kano governor pledged to advance party cohesion, implement reforms, and uphold internal democracy in his acceptance address.

“Under my watch, internal democracy will be strictly adhered to with a deliberate policy to engage in wider consultations and make party functional throughout the year. More reforms will be carried out in the party in alignment with the current political landscape. Our main focus will be promoting party unity and defending and increasing the number of executive and legislative seats we currently hold.

“We all agreed that we must unite our members to achieve support for our government to respond adequately, urgently and assertively to the challenges that Nigerians confront on a daily basis.

“I want to make a special appeal to Nigerians to bear with the President at this trying moment, considering that the country’s economy had been in shambles for years.

“I believe the policies and programmes to be unveiled by Mr President when his administration fully takes shape, will surely turn around things for the better

“We will ensure a level playing field for all party members that want to contest elections under the party’s platform. Our primary elections would be free, transparent and fair.

“Let me also use this opportunity to call on members of our party and all the people of Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states to close ranks and ensure that the APC wins in the forthcoming governorship elections,” he said.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 10:05:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
I Recognise Only Bazoum, Nobody Can Sack Me, Says Aïchatou, Niger Ambassador to France https://belimedia.com.ng/i-recognise-only-bazoum-nobody-can-sack-me-says-aichatou-niger-ambassador-to-france https://belimedia.com.ng/i-recognise-only-bazoum-nobody-can-sack-me-says-aichatou-niger-ambassador-to-france Niger’s ambassador to France, Aïchatou Boulama Kané, told the AFP on Friday to “always be” the ambassador to France “of the legitimate President Mohamed Bazoum”, adding that she rejected the Putchists’ decision to terminate her duties “as null and unavoidable”.

“I am still the ambassador of the legitimate President Bazoum Mohamed and I consider myself such,” she said in an interview to the AFP.

The Putchists notification “to terminate (my) duties I consider it null and unavoidable; it was taken by an illegitimate power, I am the ambassador of Niger in France,” hammered the diplomat, serving in France since December 2021.

On Thursday evening, the military perpetrators of a coup in Niger announced an “end” to Niger’s ambassadors in France, the United States, Nigeria and Togo in a statement read on national television, as pressure to restore constitutional order in Niger multiply internationally.

“He has terminated the duties of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger (… ) to the French Republic”, “Nigeria”, to “the Togola Republic” and “to the United States”, said one of the Putschists.

Aïchatou Boulama Kané specifies that he has received this “by letter” notification, in which the Putchists appoint a business manager to replace her, in this case the first adviser of the Embassy of Niger in France.

“I informed the first adviser that I reject this decision,” the ambassador told the AFP on Friday.

“I am currently in my office; President Bazoum called me yesterday to tell me +go to your office, you have my trust and we will continue the work+,” she reported.

“It’s only him (Mohamed Bazoum) that I recognize, he’s the one who nominated me to President Macron, I stay and remain his ambassador in France,” she added.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 10:00:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
Elon Musk Introduces Live Video, Video Download Feature For X https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-introduces-live-video-video-download-feature-for-x https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-introduces-live-video-video-download-feature-for-x Owner of X formerly known as Twitter, Elon Musk, has introduced a live video feature for the microblogging site as well as a video download feature to the platform.

Sharing an update about the Live video on Friday, Musk said: “Live video now works reasonably well. Just tap the button that looks like a camera when you post.”

In a series of posts, Musk revealed that verified users can now save videos from X if the content creator allows it without the use of third-party applications.

“Verified users can now download videos if the content creator allows it, tap the “…” on upper right when the video is in full screen mode. We will soon allow this simply by tapping & holding on a video, just like you download a picture,” he wrote

Musk recently changed the name and logo of the microblogging app from Twitter to X after acquiring the platform with $44billion.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:56:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
Matawalle Praised By Senators During Ministerial Screening, Tags Him As A Man Of Honour And Great Value https://belimedia.com.ng/matawalle-praised-by-senators-during-ministerial-screening-tags-him-as-a-man-of-honour-and-great-value https://belimedia.com.ng/matawalle-praised-by-senators-during-ministerial-screening-tags-him-as-a-man-of-honour-and-great-value Former Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammad Matawalle appeared before the Senate at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja. This is coming after the former Governor was nominated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for a Ministerial role in his Cabinet.

Matawalle, a ministerial nominee from Zamfara State during his screening didn’t face any questions from the Lawmakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Jibrin Barau confirming Matawalle as a Minister said that He (Matawalle) is a person of great value, which resulted to Barau asking the former Zamfara State Governor to take a bow and leave.

After Matawalle finished talking about his biography, Former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Abdula’aziz Yari praised and asked the parliament to approve the former governor without asking him any questions. Others who praised Matawalle include Sen. Kawu Sumaila, Sen. Abdula-Azeez Ya’ardua and Senator Ali Ndume.

Matawalle is a former governor of Zamfara state who contested for second term in 2023 Governorship Election but was defeated at the polls by Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare, the candidate of the People Democratic Party who’s now the incumbent Governor of Zamfara State.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:55:09 +0100 Jan Bulo
Surrender Or We Force You Out, ECOWAS Chiefs Of Defence Staff Sends Last Warning To Niger Military Junta https://belimedia.com.ng/surrender-or-we-force-you-out-ecowas-chiefs-of-defence-staff-sends-last-warning-to-niger-military-junta https://belimedia.com.ng/surrender-or-we-force-you-out-ecowas-chiefs-of-defence-staff-sends-last-warning-to-niger-military-junta ECOWAS Defence Chiefs on Friday said there should be comprehensive approach that encompasses political, security and diplomatic dimensions in addressing the situation in Niger Republic, reports PM News.

The Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) of Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) countries made this known at the end of their three-day Extra Ordinary Meeting, in Abuja.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff and President of the committee, Gen. Christopher Musa, commended ECOWAS for standing firm for democracy, adding that the militaries of the member countries were firmly in support of their stand.

He said that the committee collectively recognised the gravity of the situation in Niger and the urgent need for a well coordinated response.

Musa added that they also examined the immediate implication of the coup and its potential ripple effects across the ECOWAS region.

“We have also deliberated on the broader implication for democracy, peace and stability in West Africa and pleased to note that our discussions have yielded valuable insights and actionable recommendations.

“We have acknowledged the need for a comprehensive approach that encompasses political, security and diplomatic dimensions.

“It is imperative that we translate our deliberations into concrete actions that effectively address the crisis and prevent a recurrence in the future.

“Democracy is what we stand for and democracy is what we will sustain,” he said.

Musa said the military chiefs agreed that there was no alternative democratic principles and rule of law in the region, adding that the coup in Niger represented blatant disregard for the fundamental principles that underpinned regional integration and stability.

“We must condemn such action and demonstrate our unwavering commitment to democracy,” he said, adding that regional security architecture should be strengthened to enhance collective response to security challenges.

According him, the meeting recognised the fact that the coup in Niger highlighted the fragility of the region.

“We must enhance intelligence sharing, joint training exercises and capacity building initiative among our defence and security forces to effectively combat threats to our collective security and enhance interoperability.

“We must intensify our diplomatic efforts to engage with all relevant stakeholders.

“Dialogue and negotiations should be at the forefront of our approach in resolving the crisis in the Republic of Niger.

“We must engage the traditional authorities, civil society, organisation and all the key actors to foster an inclusive and peaceful transition process,” he said.

The CDS said the meeting urged member states to hasten the implementation of the recommendations and translate them into tangible actions for quick solutions to the situation in Niger.

“Let us seize this opportunity to make a lasting impact and ensure that the Republic of Niger and the entire region can progress on the path of democracy, peace, and stability.

“I urge you all to prioritise the implementation of recommendations that have been put forth during our deliberations.

“This requires a concerted effort and a sense of urgency. We must allocate the necessary resources, engage relevant stakeholders, and monitor progress to ensure that our decisions have a tangible impact on the ground,” he added.

ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Amb. Abdel-Fatau Musah, commended the military chiefs for taking time to produce a concept of operation for an eventual military intervention to restore constitutional order in Niger.

Musah said that all the elements that would go into any intervention had been worked out and were being refined, including the timing, resources needed and how, where and when to deploy such force.

He said that ECOWAS being a rule-based institution was determined to put an end to the military coup contagion in the region.

“But first, we are giving diplomacy every chance to succeed and there have been multiple approaches to the military Junta in Niger.

“The results of whatever has been achieved here will be presented very soon to the Heads of Central Government who will have the last say as to what we are going to do with regard to the situation in the Republic of Niger, provided that all diplomatic overtures do not yield result.

“So I want to, through this medium also appeal to the military in Niger to give peace a chance, and then think about their populations and do the right thing by immediately restoring constitutional order in their country.

“That is our message to them and if they don’t, then we will make them hand over to civilian authorities and that is the determination of ECOWAS and we want to send that message clearly across to all of them,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Kana, said that Nigeria was committed to restoring democracy in Niger, but said military option would be the last resort.

“Military option is the last option but the President has directed us, the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Nigeria to come together with other ECOWAS members,” he said.

Countries represented at the meeting included Togo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Gambia, Cote Devoir, Cape Verde and Benin while Niger, Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso were absent.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:53:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
Coup: Nigeria Closes Border With Niger Republic https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-nigeria-closes-border-with-niger-republic https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-nigeria-closes-border-with-niger-republic Nigeria has closed its border with Niger Republic following the military coup that ousted the democratically-elected government of President Mohammed Bazoum.

Acting Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adeniyi disclosed this on Friday at Illela border, Sokoto state.

According to him, with the current situation in Niger, the borders have been closed, and there are restrictions of movement along the areas.

He, therefore, advised Nigerians who were planning to travel to Niger to stay safe at home, saying that only Nigerians that are returning home were allowed to cross the border.

He also said Nigeria Customs had deployed its personnel to block all the unorthodox roads through which some of the foreigners may likely infiltrate.

“You know Sokoto and Niger Republic, we are a homogeneous society, with the same language, religion and culture, but we have a colonial boundary which we must respect.”

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:48:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
Northern Nigerian Senators Respond To The Niger Republic Coup, Advocate Diplomatic Channel To Address Situation https://belimedia.com.ng/northern-nigerian-senators-respond-to-the-niger-republic-coup-advocate-diplomatic-channel-to-address-situation https://belimedia.com.ng/northern-nigerian-senators-respond-to-the-niger-republic-coup-advocate-diplomatic-channel-to-address-situation Northern Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have condemned the recent Niger coup d’etat and have caution against use of military power.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Northern Senators Forum, Sen. Kawu Sumaila.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila in his words said:

“We, the Northern Senators Caucus of the 10th Senate under the leadership of Sen. Abdul Ahmad Ningi, note with concern and condemn in its entirety the unfortunate development in Niger Republic, where the military forcefully upstaged a democratically elected government of President Mohammed Bazoum.”

The Northern Senators also take cognizance of the efforts of the ECOWAS leaders under the chairmanship of our Dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in resolving the situation in Niger Republic. The emphasis, however should be focused on political and diplomatic means to restore democratic government in Niger Republic.

“We also take exception to use of the of military force until other avenues as mentioned above are exhausted as the consequences will be casualties among the innocent citizens who go about their daily business. Besides, about seven northern states who shared border with Niger Republic namely Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno will be negatively affected.”

“We are also aware of the situation of Mali, Burkina Faso and Libya, which may affect the seven Northern states, if military force is used. There is serious implication for our country, if military force is used without exhausting all the diplomatic channels.”

“As democrats and representatives of the people we are here by urging our colleagues to observe due diligence in invoking section 5 sub section (4) (a) and (b) of 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended.”

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:47:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
Comprehensive Forensic Audit Of The Central Bank Is Underway, While A Thorough Overhaul Of The Civil Service Payroll Is Imminent, Says President Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/comprehensive-forensic-audit-of-the-central-bank-is-underway-while-a-thorough-overhaul-of-the-civil-service-payroll-is-imminent-says-president-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/comprehensive-forensic-audit-of-the-central-bank-is-underway-while-a-thorough-overhaul-of-the-civil-service-payroll-is-imminent-says-president-tinubu The President disclosed this during an audience with the President of the World Bank, Mr. Ajay Banga on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

”A comprehensive forensic audit is on-going at the Central Bank. We are going to do very serious structural review of the Civil Service payroll. I can’t believe in the numbers I’m seeing and I’ve had that experience before at the state level.

”The reforms are in tandem with Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business programme. We’ll block all financial loopholes. The reforms will be targeted at the way we work, change of attitude and equally on educating our people. It’s costly but we will do it,” he said.

Highlighting Nigeria’s resilience and intellectual prowess, the President implored the Bretton Woods institution to view the country as a significant player within the global community, not solely as a struggling economy.

‘‘We stand as a vibrant and educated society, seeking to avert chaos through strategic interventions. Your proactive engagement aligns with our quest for partnership, and together, we shall pursue mutual benefits that enrich us all,’’ he said.

On poverty alleviation, the President called for more increased support from the World Bank, expressing optimism for a productive collaboration between Nigeria and the World Bank that will lead to mutual benefits and sustainable progress.

He also discussed the ongoing efforts to address issues such as subsidy removal, foreign exchange mismanagement, exchange rates, inflation, liquidity, and debt management.

President Tinubu also shared insights into his administration’s substantial reforms, including those aimed at consolidating improvements in Nigeria’s oil industry, enhancing the Ease of Doing Business, and prioritizing security to boost the country’s revenue generation.

The President pointed out the importance of electricity generation for economic development, highlighting the turning of sod earlier today on the first phase (350MW) of the 1,350MW power generation project in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The President explained that this project signifies the administration’s commitment to a comprehensive approach, which encompasses power generation, distribution, energy transition, and tariff adjustments.

While calling for a positive partnership with the World Bank, President Tinubu emphasized key areas of focus, including job creation, digitization, and National Identity Management.

He also requested the World Bank’s support in addressing the challenges posed by the removal of cross-sectoral subsidies, particularly in lessening the impact on less privileged Nigerians.

In his remarks, Mr. Banga commended President Tinubu for his efforts in addressing the economic challenges of the country.

”Yes, we give money and our dollars are very important but where we are really helpful is our expertise and knowledge and our experience from many markets. In that way, we will always be your friend and partner, not just with the money, but with our minds and our hearts and you should be rest assured about that.”

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:43:09 +0100 Jan Bulo
Senate Screens And Confirm Matawalle As A Minister After President Tinubu’s Nomination https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-screens-and-confirm-matawalle-as-a-minister-after-president-tinubus-nomination https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-screens-and-confirm-matawalle-as-a-minister-after-president-tinubus-nomination The SENATE Committe under the Chairmanship of the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio has screened the immediate past Executive Governor of Zamfara State, His Excellency (Dr.) Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON, as a Ministerial nominee in President Tinubu’s Cabinet.

The exercise took place in the Hallowed Chambers of the 10th Senate. The Senate completed the screening process of Ex-Governor Bello Matawalle successfully asking him to “take a bow and go” as submitted by the unified voice of all the Senators who described Matawalle’s nomination as well-deserved, adding that he is a well respected political leader. The Senate commended President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for nominating Matawalle as one of his cabinet members. The screening of Matawalle marked a very significant step in the formation of the new government under the able stewardship of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Speaking before the Senate, former Governor of Zamfara State and Distinguished Senator representing Zamfara West Senatorial Zone, His Excellency Senator Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar (Shattiman Mafara) opined that Matawalle’s nomination for a ministerial position is a testament to his dedication and exceptional leadership qualities, which he exhibited in Zamfara State as a Governor.

“We, from Zamfara State have all agreed for the nomination of His Excellency, my brother, Bello Matawalle based on his track records of promoting peace and fostering development, which has garnered widespread acclaim, making him a suitable candidate for this crucial role in the Federal Executive Council”, Senator Yari submitted.

During the screening process, Matawalle impressed the Senate by reminding them of the critical roles he played during his three consecutive tenures as Nigeria’s lawmaker from 2003 to 2015. Honourable Matawalle stated that” I served under several committees and extensively utilized my knowledge of national issues for progress of the Nation”.

Honourable Matawalle emphasized his commitment to national unity, security, economic growth, and social welfare, which aligned with the core principles of the Tinubu-led administration.

Upon receiving unanimous endorsement from the Senate, His Excellency Bello Matawalle expressed his gratitude to President Tinubu for the trust and confidence bestowed upon him. He promised to work tirelessly towards achieving the nation’s goals in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.

The Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, further commended Matawalle’s credentials and stated that his nomination reflects the government’s interest and commitment to inclusivity and recognizing exceptional talents from all regions of Nation.

The formal swearing-in ceremony of successfully screened nominees is expected upon confirmation by the Senate. Subsequent upon that, Matawalle, alongside other screened and confirmed Ministers, will be sworn-in as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

During the screening session, the distinguished senators pontificated that Matawalle’s presence in the cabinet is expected to further strengthen the Tinubu administration’s resolve to fulfil its promises and serve the interests of all Nigerians

His Excellency Matawalle was accompanied by a large number of political associates from Zamfara and across the nation. Families, friends, and well-wishers have been trooping the Matawalle’s Asokoro residence to pay their homage and congratulatory messages.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:40:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ministerial Screening: Senate Give Reason For ‘Take A Bow And Go’ https://belimedia.com.ng/ministerial-screening-senate-give-reason-for-take-a-bow-and-go-43473 https://belimedia.com.ng/ministerial-screening-senate-give-reason-for-take-a-bow-and-go-43473 The Senate on Friday gave reason for not driling some of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees during their screening and confirmation at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele made it known to the public at the commencement of the screening of second batch Ministerial nominees list sent to the Senate by the Presidency earlier this week.

“The practice of ‘bow and go’ privilege extended to legislators is a global practice, not limited to the Nigerian parliament,” he said.

He said it’s mandatory to explain to the masses in order to correct the public impression circulating within the country that the Senate was not going hard on the Ministerial nominees as earlier promised, instead allowing them to appear and take a bow before leaving after introducing themselves.

It would be recalled that the spokesperson of the Senate, Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South), had in the penultimate Thursday before commencement of the screening exercise, promised that it would be a thorough and radical departure from the ‘take a bow and go’ tradition.

Although many Nigerians, who aren’t fully informed of the rules and regulations guiding the parliament, wondered why the Red Chamber set aside its promise of a thorough screening and sustained the ‘take a bow and go’ tradition.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:37:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ministerial Screening: Senate Give Reason For ‘Take A Bow And Go’ https://belimedia.com.ng/ministerial-screening-senate-give-reason-for-take-a-bow-and-go https://belimedia.com.ng/ministerial-screening-senate-give-reason-for-take-a-bow-and-go The Senate on Friday gave reason for not driling some of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees during their screening and confirmation at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele made it known to the public at the commencement of the screening of second batch Ministerial nominees list sent to the Senate by the Presidency earlier this week.

“The practice of ‘bow and go’ privilege extended to legislators is a global practice, not limited to the Nigerian parliament,” he said.

He said it’s mandatory to explain to the masses in order to correct the public impression circulating within the country that the Senate was not going hard on the Ministerial nominees as earlier promised, instead allowing them to appear and take a bow before leaving after introducing themselves.

It would be recalled that the spokesperson of the Senate, Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South), had in the penultimate Thursday before commencement of the screening exercise, promised that it would be a thorough and radical departure from the ‘take a bow and go’ tradition.

Although many Nigerians, who aren’t fully informed of the rules and regulations guiding the parliament, wondered why the Red Chamber set aside its promise of a thorough screening and sustained the ‘take a bow and go’ tradition.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:37:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
Manchester United To Unveil Promising Striker, Rasmus Højlund Today At Old Trafford https://belimedia.com.ng/manchester-united-to-unveil-promising-striker-rasmus-hojlund-today-at-old-trafford https://belimedia.com.ng/manchester-united-to-unveil-promising-striker-rasmus-hojlund-today-at-old-trafford Manchester United hope to present new signing Rasmus Hojlund to fans in attendance at Old Trafford during Saturday’s friendly against Lens.

United have agreed a deal which could be worth up to £72m to sign 20-year-old Hojlund, who has already passed his medical in Manchester and is understood to have signed his contract – a five-year deal with the option for a sixth.

Plans to announce Hojlund’s signing earlier this week were derailed as the striker’s trip to Manchester was delayed and so United have been forced to reschedule their unveiling.

The Red Devils are looking to publicise their signing of Hojlund around the time of Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Lens at Old Trafford.

The game kicks off at 12:45, with Hojlund expected to be in attendance.

It will be the first time United have played at Old Trafford this summer and so home fans will also get their first glimpses of fellow new signings Mason Mount and Andre Onana, who joined earlier this summer from Chelsea and Inter respectively.

Results have been mixed for Erik ten Hag’s side this summer. After kicking off pre-season with victories over Leeds, Lyon and Arsenal, United have lost three on the bounce against Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Ten Hag labelled United’s performance against Dortmund “unforgivable” and will demand more from his side in front of their home fans against Lens.

United are also due in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Sunday for one final friendly against Athletic Club.

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Sat, 05 Aug 2023 09:35:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Matawalle, Lalong, Oyetola, Bagudu, Shetty Makes Ministerial List As President Tinubu Transmits Second Batch To Senate For Screening And Confirmation https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-releases-ministerial-nominees-second-batch-list https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-releases-ministerial-nominees-second-batch-list PRESIDENT BOLA AHMED TINUBU HAS TRANSMITTED TO THE SENATE THE SECOND LIST OF 19 MINISTERIAL NOMINEES TO THE SENATE FOR SCREENING AND CONFIRMATION

THOSE LISTED AS MINISTERIAL NOMINEES INCLUDE

AHMED TIJJANI

BOSUN TIJJANI

DR MARYAM SHETTI

ISHAK SALAKO

TUNJI ALAUSA

TANKO SUNUNU

ADEGBOYEGA OYETOLA

ATIKU BAGUDU

BELLO MATAWALLE

IBRAHIM GEIDAM

SIMON BAKO LALONG

LOLA ADEJO

SHUAIBU ABUBAKAR

TAHIR MAMMAN

ALIYU SABI

ALKALI AHMED

HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI

UBA MAIGARI

ZEPHANIAH JISSALO

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 18:05:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kano Hospital Board Sacks Chief Medical Officers, Suspends Doctors https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-hospital-board-sacks-chief-medical-officers-suspends-doctors https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-hospital-board-sacks-chief-medical-officers-suspends-doctors The Executive Secretary of the Kano State Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Dr Mansur Mudi Nagoda, has approved the removal of the Chief Medical Officers of Imam Wali General Hospital and Nuhu Bamalli Maternity Hospital with immediate effect and ordered their replacement.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, State Hospital Management Board, Samira Sulaiman, said the Executive Secretary also approved suspending all doctors and nurses on duty for the evening and night shifts on Sunday, July 30, 2023.

The decision was taken as a matter of urgency due to the negligence of both hospitals in carrying out their duties, absconding from their duty posts, leaving patients in the hands of students,” the statement said.

The executive secretary added that the board would no longer condole negligence, late coming, or absconding from duty post from any medical personnel, and anyone found wanting would face sanctions under the civil service rules and regulations.

Dr Nagoda called on other zones to buckle down as all facilities would be closely monitored to revive the state’s health sector and bring it to the standard level.

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:52:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
What is Government doing about Refineries? https://belimedia.com.ng/what-is-government-doing-about-refineries https://belimedia.com.ng/what-is-government-doing-about-refineries By Temitope Ajayi

A pattern has emerged in the arguments many of the partisan and ideological critics routinely make on television stations. There is this tendency to always muddle up facts and mislead the public, notably through willful ignorance.

One point that has been erroneously made is the view that the Federal Government is not doing anything about fixing the four refineries it owns. This view is incorrect.

The Federal Government, through the NNPC in 2021, signed a deal with an Italian company, Maire Tecnimont SpA, for a complete revamp of the two refineries in Port Harcourt at a cost exceeding $1billion. The contract that will be executed in three phases is expected to bring the two refineries to full production capacity. The first phase should have been delivered by April 2023, but the company recently announced a five- month extension. The second and third phases will be delivered in 32 and 44 months respectively. By the contact terms, we should have the two refineries in Port Harcourt fully working by 2025.

In February 2023, the NNPC also signed a $741 million deal with Daewoo Engineering & Construction company to rehabilitate the Kaduna refinery. NNPCL, according to Bloomberg, signed the contract with the South Korean firm. Under the terms of the agreement, Daewoo will restore production at the moribund 110,000 barrels per day facility to at least 60% production capacity by the end of 2024.

It should be said that the facts on the ground decline to support the view that the government is not doing anything to fix the refineries. Nigeria cannot sustain the subsidy regime over the next two years when the rehabilitation of the refineries will be completed.

While it is good to have the refineries fully working alongside the Dangote Refinery, which will eventually make Nigeria a net exporter of refined petroleum products, local refining won’t translate to cheap pump price of petrol. From the pricing template of petrol import, over 90% of the price per litre is determined by price of crude oil in international market. Local refining will only help in reducing pressure on the demand for foreign exchange, eliminate the cost of shipping and port charges which may not translate to more than N10 per litre in savings.

Despite this, the government is pursuing local refinery rehabilitation for energy security and enhancement of crude as stated in the national oil policy.

-Ajayi, is Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:49:10 +0100 Jan Bulo
NIGER: Threatening Great Nigeria With War Is No Small Matter And, If Carried Out, Will Prove Costly For Them – FFK Responds To Mali, Burkina Faso Military https://belimedia.com.ng/ffk-responds-to-mali-burkina-faso-military https://belimedia.com.ng/ffk-responds-to-mali-burkina-faso-military Former Minister of Aviation and Spokesperson of Tinubu Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani Kayode have warned the Military of West African counterparts Mali and Burkina Faso to stay away from the unfolding crisis between ECOWAS and Niger Republic.

In a post via his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, FFK said:

“The military Governments of Mali and Burkina Faso have said that “any attack on Niger Republic by ECOWAS will be regarded as an act of war”.

This is a pitiful and nonsensical threat from two pitiful and nonsensical unelected Governments headed by tin pot military dictators.

The biggest mistake that the mutinous rebels and military usurpers of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and their allies can ever make is to underestimate the fighting force and indomitable spirit of the Nigerian military and the sense of solidarity that we as a people kindle, muster and cultivate when confronted in the field of battle by a foreign foe.

We may have challenges and issues in our country but when at war against foreign armies on foreign soil we have NEVER been overwhelmed or defeated. History proves that.

We are slow to anger but irrestiable in battle and if the Burkinabe, Malian or the Nigerien Army test our will we shall bring them to their knees and teach them the lesson of their lives.

Threatening great Nigeria with war is no small matter and, if carried out, will prove costly for them.

Simply put we would crush them like maggots under our feet and send them back to the stone ages where they belong.”

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:46:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tribunal Reserves Judgement In Obi’s Petition Against Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/tribunal-reserves-judgement-in-obis-petition-against-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/tribunal-reserves-judgement-in-obis-petition-against-tinubu The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has reserved judgment on the petition which Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) filed to challenge the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 election.

It can be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Tinubu winner of the election but Obi rejected the outcome and headed for the Tribunal.

In their final written address dated July 20, Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed, his running mate, said Tinubu was not qualified to contest the election.

Obi and Datti were in court on Tuesday accompanied by renowned Novelist and scholar, Chimamanda Adichie.

Court had adjourned ruling in the petition of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:44:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu’s Vision Is Uninterrupted Power Supply Within Seven Years, Says El&Rufai https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubus-vision-is-uninterrupted-power-supply-within-seven-years-says-el-rufai https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubus-vision-is-uninterrupted-power-supply-within-seven-years-says-el-rufai Former governor of Kaduna, Malam Nasir el-Rufai says President Bola Tinubu’s vision is to achieve constant power supply in the country in the next seven years.

El-Rufai spoke on Tuesday when he was screened by the senate as a ministerial nominee.

Abdulaziz Yari, senator representing Zamfara west, asked el-Rufai how he intends to confront the crisis in the energy sector if he is named minister of power. The former Kaduna governor said Tinubu is determined to address the nation’s electricity problems head-on by putting permanent solutions in place.

He noted that the power supply challenge in Nigeria has defied every government for 60 years. “It has defied every president,” he said. Tinubu is committed to ensuring that Nigeria has a stable and reliable electricity supply. The president’s vision is that within seven years we will not have power outages in this country.”

El-Rufai said without constant electricity, serious industrialisation cannot take place in the country. He said because he has a dream of achieving constant power supply in Africa’s largest economy, Tinubu has requested that he works with him to address the challenge. And I will do my best,” he said

El-Rufai said to improve power generation, the country must look into what is constraining the full production of electricity. He identified insufficient gas supply as a major problem bedevilling power generation.

“Generation stations cannot produce because of poor supply of gas. Eighty percent of our generation is from gas and the rest is hydro. The gas-fired station often doesn’t have a supply of gas,” he said.

“There are power stations that have been completed three years ago but have produced nothing because there is no gas supply. You must ensure that gas and power are together under one roof.”

The former governor also said the entire nation’s power transmission infrastructure must be put in good shape. “We need to close the loop in our transmission system,” he added.

The country has faced a power crisis in years with the national grid known for experiencing disruptions. The grid collapsed in February, May, July, and August 2021, and 2022.

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:40:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ajay Banga, World Bank President To Visit Africa’s Most Populous Nation, Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/ajay-banga-world-bank-president-to-visit-africas-most-populous-nation-nigeria-43448 https://belimedia.com.ng/ajay-banga-world-bank-president-to-visit-africas-most-populous-nation-nigeria-43448 World Bank President, Ajay Banga is set to visit Nigeria.

Ajay will start up a 3-day visit to Nigeria on Thursday.

He is foreseen to meet with President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima.

According to a statement by the world apex bank, the visit is referred to as the next step of a global tour that is at the center of a mission to write a new playbook for the 78-year-old institution.

“Banga will focus his time in Nigeria on identifying opportunities to create jobs for young people and women, addressing energy needs and renewable energy, and further exploring the potential for digitization,” the World Bank said.

As part of these efforts, he is scheduled to visit a World Bank-financed mini-grid power plant that provides solar energy to an entire community, and a woman-owned business that has generated more than 1,500 service-sector jobs for young Nigerians.

In addition, the World Bank will assemble discussions with representatives from the private sector and civil society.

Banga is arriving after a two-day visit to Ethiopia and will be joined by his wife Ritu Banga.

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:38:04 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ajay Banga, World Bank President To Visit Africa’s Most Populous Nation, Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/ajay-banga-world-bank-president-to-visit-africas-most-populous-nation-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/ajay-banga-world-bank-president-to-visit-africas-most-populous-nation-nigeria World Bank President, Ajay Banga is set to visit Nigeria.

Ajay will start up a 3-day visit to Nigeria on Thursday.

He is foreseen to meet with President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima.

According to a statement by the world apex bank, the visit is referred to as the next step of a global tour that is at the center of a mission to write a new playbook for the 78-year-old institution.

“Banga will focus his time in Nigeria on identifying opportunities to create jobs for young people and women, addressing energy needs and renewable energy, and further exploring the potential for digitization,” the World Bank said.

As part of these efforts, he is scheduled to visit a World Bank-financed mini-grid power plant that provides solar energy to an entire community, and a woman-owned business that has generated more than 1,500 service-sector jobs for young Nigerians.

In addition, the World Bank will assemble discussions with representatives from the private sector and civil society.

Banga is arriving after a two-day visit to Ethiopia and will be joined by his wife Ritu Banga.

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:38:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
NIGER: Republic’s Junta Re&opens Borders With Neighbours, Excludes Nigeria, Benin Republic https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-republics-junta-re-opens-borders-with-neighbours-excludes-nigeria-benin-republic https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-republics-junta-re-opens-borders-with-neighbours-excludes-nigeria-benin-republic Niger Republic has reopened its borders with several of its neighbours a week after a coup that has shocked West Africa’s Sahel region.

“The land and air borders with Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya and Chad are re-opened from today, August 1, 2023,” junta spokesman Colonel Amadou Abdramane said in a televised address.

The junta closed the borders last Wednesday when it announced it had removed democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Regional bloc ECOWAS has imposed sanctions, including a halt in all financial transactions and a national assets freeze, and said it could authorise force to reinstate Bazoum.

But the juntas of neighbouring Burkina Faso and Mali voiced their support for the coup’s leaders and said any outside intervention to restore the ousted government would be seen as a declaration of war.

That declaration by Mali and Burkina Faso on Monday night suggested a new alliance might be forming in opposition to the rest of the 15-member-state bloc.

Nigeria who shares a 1608km boundary with Niger Rep was excluded. This is not unconnected with Nigeria’s threat of an armed invasion on the Uranium-rich country, unless elected President Bazoum is re-instated.

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Wed, 02 Aug 2023 14:34:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Helicopter Crashes in Lagos https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-helicopter-crashes-in-lagos https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-helicopter-crashes-in-lagos A helicopter has crashed at Oba Akran Aveue, in Ikeja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, emergency responders reports.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed that that the helicopter crash-landed in front of the United Bank of Africa.

He said four persons, including the pilot had been rescued alive.

In his words: “The agency has activated its disaster response plan to the above incident which occurred around 1600hrs.

“A helicopter containing 4 persons including the pilot crash landed in front of the United Bank of Africa branch on the road.

“All four casualties have been retrieved from the aircraft alive. They have been transferred to hospital for further care.

“The area has been cordoned off and is being blanketed to prevent a secondary incident. All Emergency Responders are on scene,” he said.

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Tue, 01 Aug 2023 17:30:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
Unfolding Crisis: Thirteen reasons Why Nigerians must not support any armed invasion of Niger Republic, by Senator Shehu Sani https://belimedia.com.ng/unfolding-crisis-thirteen-reasons-why-nigerians-must-not-support-any-armed-invasion-of-niger-republic-by-senator-shehu-sani https://belimedia.com.ng/unfolding-crisis-thirteen-reasons-why-nigerians-must-not-support-any-armed-invasion-of-niger-republic-by-senator-shehu-sani A former lawmaker Shehu Sani has identified 13 reasons Nigerians must not support any armed invasion of Niger Republic.

In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Monday, the social critic urged Tinubu to continue to toe the line of dialogue with the military authorities in Niger and not war.

He wrote: “Thirteen reasons Why Nigerians must not support any armed invasion of Niger Republic. 

1.Ecowas armed invasion of Niger Republic is simply a war between Nigeria and Niger because of our proximity. 

2.Russia and Wagner May come in support of Niger Republic and Nigeria will have to use its own money to prosecute the operation;Nigeria offsets 70percent of the budget of Ecowas.I don’t see the US Congress approving unlimited arm supplies for Ecowas to wage war against another country.

3.Our Bordering states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and Yobe will incur direct hit in the event of war.

 

4.If there was no military action to dislodge the military coupists in Guinea,Mali,Burkina Faso and Chad,why that of Niger Republic?. 

5.Why did the American and French military bases inside Niger Republic refused to stop the coup and now they are encouraging us to go to war?

6.Niger has been helpful to Nigeria in the fight against terrorists groups and the country is currently hosting over 303 thousand Nigerian refugees;in the event of war this can be in danger. 

7.President Tinubu should not allow himself to be pushed to initiate and trigger a war with a neighbouring country and later be left stranded.No west African country has any military capability to start or sustain a war with Niger Republic;everyone will be relying on Nigeria.

8.We should not cry more than the bereaved;If the people of Niger Republic don’t want Military rule,let them fight to remove it themselves.We fought our own military rulers and some of us even went to jail in that struggle.Let them fight their fight. 

9.Saudi Arabia is still bugged down in Yemen after spending hundreds of billions of dollars which we don’t have. 

10.The Military Regime in Myanmar is still there and not one stronger nation is contemplating military action. 

11.We have a war at home against terrorism let’s concentrate here.

12.Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinean forces will likely enter the war to Support Niger Republic and they will attack Nigerian territories.

13.President Tinubu must continue to toe the line of dialogue with the military authorities in Niger and not War.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2023 12:24:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Suspected Bandits Kidnap 40 Farmers In Kaduna; Six Feared Dead https://belimedia.com.ng/suspected-bandits-kidnap-40-farmers-in-kaduna-six-feared-dead https://belimedia.com.ng/suspected-bandits-kidnap-40-farmers-in-kaduna-six-feared-dead At least six people have been reportedly killed and 40 others abducted by bandits in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

Although the police and the Kaduna State Government have yet to comment on the incident, the Chairman of Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU), Ishaq Usman Kasai, said in a statement on Saturday that the attack occurred between Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Kasai explained that all six victims were farmers, including the Vice Chairman of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus-Sunnah, Mallam Yakubu Muhammad Bugai.

He further disclosed that about 40 other farmers were also abducted by the bandits in separate attacks.

According to the statement, the Islamic cleric was shot in his abdomen on his farmland located around the Rema area and was later evacuated and taken to Jibril Mai-Gwari General Hospital.

The BEPU chairman stated that the bandits abducted scores of locals around the Kuyambana Forest which he said serves as hideouts for the bandits.

The bandits were said to have also invaded Unguwan Danfulani village, killing one person and kidnapping seven family members. The criminals later kidnapped six traders along the western part of the Birnin-Gwari Weekly Market.

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Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:46:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
AU Gives Niger Military Junta 15 Days To Return Bazoum To Power https://belimedia.com.ng/au-gives-niger-military-junta-15-days-to-return-bazoum-to-power https://belimedia.com.ng/au-gives-niger-military-junta-15-days-to-return-bazoum-to-power  Tinubu prepares to host ECOWAS emergency meeting

The African Union has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the junta in Niger to reinstall the country’s democratically elected government.

The ultimatum coincided with a meeting the coup leaders had with senior civil servants to discuss how they would run the country and as the U.S. and the European Union threatened sanctions against the regime.

Brig-Gen. Mohamed Toumba, one of the soldiers who ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on Wednesday, told state television that the junta met with civil servants on Friday and asked them to continue their work as usual, following the suspension of the constitution.

“The message given was not to stop the processes underway, to keep on with things,” said Brig. Gen. Toumba.

“Everything that must be done will be done,” he said, signaling the intention of the regime led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani, who also goes by Omar, to remain in power.

After its meeting on Friday, the African Union Peace and Security Council said it was concerned by the “alarming resurgence” of coups that undermine democracy and stability on the continent.

It asked the soldiers to “return immediately and unconditionally to their barracks and restore constitutional authority within a maximum of fifteen (15) days.”

Bazoum, whose condition and that of his officials remains unknown since the government was overthrown, should also be released immediately and unconditionally, the AU said.

Failure to do so, it said, would compel the bloc to take “necessary action, including punitive measures against the perpetrators.”

On the streets of the Nigerien capital Niamey on Saturday, things appeared to be returning to normal, though many in the international community were still on lockdown with hotels full of foreigners, many given instructions not to leave.

Locals say they’re waiting to see what unfolds, with many still in support of Bazoum who has not yet resigned.

“I’m with him, he does a good work. (But) what can we do?” said Mohamed Cisse, a street seller. “This is (the new leader’s) time, Bazoum’s time is over,” he said.

Tchiani, the junta leader and commander of Niger’s presidential guard, is close to former Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou, who stepped down in 2021 after a decade in office.

Tchiani’s takeover of power will reinforce speculation that Issoufou is behind the coup, said Ulf Laessing, head of the Sahel program at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a German think tank and consultancy.

President Bola Tinubu is billed to hold a special meeting of the authority of heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja today.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties Communication and Strategy, Mr Dele Alake, on Friday said the special meeting had been called to deliberate on the situation in Niger Republic.

President Tinubu is the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS Commission.

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Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:44:48 +0100 Jan Bulo
Sani Danladi Is Not Barred From Public Office, It's A Baseless Rumour & Lawyer https://belimedia.com.ng/sani-danladi-is-not-barred-from-public-office-its-a-baseless-rumour-lawyer https://belimedia.com.ng/sani-danladi-is-not-barred-from-public-office-its-a-baseless-rumour-lawyer Ujah Ujah, lawyer to Sani Danladi, one of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, says there is no subsisting court judgement disqualifying his client from contesting an election or barring him from holding public office.

Ujah was reacting to online reports that Danladi was barred by the supreme court in 2019 from holding political office for 10 years over alleged certificate forgery.

In a statement on Saturday, Ujah said Danladi, who has served in several political offices, discharged his duties “without any record of blemish whatsoever”.

Ujah said the reports being circulated against his client are “baseless rumours pushed by some unpopular politicians from Taraba state”.

“It is a wanton remark unwittingly made in the absence of any proof or any court judgment indicting senator Sani Abubakar Danladi in this regard,” the statement reads.

Ujah said on page 20 of the supreme court’s judgment, Mary Peter-Odili, JSC (as she then was) wrote: “Learned Senior Counsel for the appellants had sought to lead the court to the earlier situation relating to the cause of action at the trial court by contending that the trial court itself had no jurisdiction to determine the matter in the first place if Section 285 CFRN is applicable since the cause of action arose on 25th October 2018 a point not disputed and the Originating Summons filed on 9th January 2017 which made the action filed 76 days after the accrued cause of action, instead of 14 days provided by Section 285 (9) of the Constitution”.

Ujah said based on the aforementioned apex court observation, Danladi applied to the federal high court in Jalingo to set aside its earlier decision because the court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit in the first place.

He said the court found merit in Danladi’s case and on October 15, 2021, set aside its earlier decision as being one given without jurisdiction.

The lawyer said dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, the PDP appealed against the case and “was equally dismissed by the court of appeal on 23/01/2023”.

“Pained with the decision of the court of appeal, PDP further appealed to the supreme court via appeal no: SC/CV/168/2023 between PDP vs INEC & 2 ors. However, the appeal was again dismissed,” he said.

“Given all these facts, it is clear for the blind to see and audible for the deaf to hear that there is no subsisting judgment of any court in Nigeria disqualifying our client from either contesting an election or barring him from holding any public office,” Ujah added.

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Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:41:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kogi Guber: Five Parties Collapse Structure For APC Candidate Ododo https://belimedia.com.ng/kogi-guber-five-parties-collapse-structure-for-apc-candidate-ododo https://belimedia.com.ng/kogi-guber-five-parties-collapse-structure-for-apc-candidate-ododo Ahead the November governorship election in Kogi State, five political parties and their candidates have collapsed their structure to work for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Ahmed Usman Ododo at the poll.

The parties are All People’s Party, (APP) , Action Democratic Party, (ADP), Because Of Our Tomorrow,(BOOT), National Rescue Movement, NRM, Zenith Labour Party, (ZLP), who are Members of the United Progressives Political Parties, Kogi State Chapter, said they have decided to collapse their political parties’ structures to ensure Ahmed Ododo’s Victory come November 11 election.

The decision of the political parties to work for Ododo’s victory was announced by the forum leader, Mallam Bala AbdulGafar Idrisu, the governorship candidate of NRM, who addressed newsmen on Saturday at the NUJ press centre, Lokoja.

He expressed their decision to collapse their structures and support Ahmed Ododo to be the next Governor of Kogi State.

He further appealed to the party members from Kogi East, West and Central to massively support and work for the APC Governorship Candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo come November 11 election.

One of the governorship candidate who also collapsed structure for APC candidate, Onaji Sunday of APP said the political parties resolved to support and work for Ododo’s victory because they believed he is the best candidate.

In her own remarks, the ZLP candidate, Hon Fatima Suleiman, said “We have all decided to collapse our structures to work for Ahmed Usman Ododo. We are supporting Ododo’s mandate and we are going to work toward his victory as the next Governor of Kogi state,” she said.

Speaking at the event attended by youths and women, the former Chairman of Lokoja local government and current Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Political matters, Mallam Idris Lokoja thanked the candidates for their good moves adding that the ruling party, APC appreciate the gallantry decision taken by them.

He urged the youths and other kogites to vote for the APC Governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, noting that Ahmed Ododo is the best among all the candidates based on his antecedents, competency and record of achievements.

Another senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Hon. Ibrahim Itodo also commended the United Progressive political parties in kogi state for collapsing their structures for APC governorship candidate,saying with the development, Ahmed Ododo’s victory is getting more swollen.

Other governorship candidates who also collapse its structure for APC are, Prince Yahaya M of ADP and Muhammed Kabir Umar of BOOT party.

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Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:36:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
"There's Only One Option, Democracy" & CDS, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa https://belimedia.com.ng/theres-only-one-option-democracy-cds-maj-gen-christopher-musa https://belimedia.com.ng/theres-only-one-option-democracy-cds-maj-gen-christopher-musa Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, has asserted that "The Armed Forces of Nigeria have a sacred duty to protect the people and the constitution."

He made these remarks yesterday during the 16th International Defence Industry fair in Istanbul, Turkey.

He also told pressmen that, "...just like darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Globally, illegitimacy should not be allowed to drive out legitimacy"

The new Chief of Defence Staff had earlier emphasized that a people centric leadership combined with enhanced troops welfare and inter-agency collaboration is the future of defence management under his leadership.

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Sun, 30 Jul 2023 09:33:51 +0100 Jan Bulo
El&Rufai, Wike makes Tinubu's Ministerial Nominees list as Senate unveils 28 man list https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-unveils-tinubu-ministers https://belimedia.com.ng/senate-unveils-tinubu-ministers Seante President, Godswill Akpabio has unveiled 28 Ministerial Nominees of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Below are the Nominees that made the first batch of the list.

- Abubakar Momoh

- Ambassador Yusuf Miatama Tukur CON 

- Arch. Ahmed Dangiwa

- Barr. Hannatu Musawa 

- Chief Uche Nnaji

- Dr. Berta Edu

- Dr. Dorris Aniche Uzoka 

- H.E. David Umahi 

- H.E. Nyesom Wike 

- H.E. Badaru Abubakar CON 

- H.E. Nasiru Ahmed Elrufai 

- Rt. Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo 

- Hon. Nkiru Onyeojiocha

- Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo

- Hon. Stella Okotette

- Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohaneye 

- Mr. Bello Muhammad G.

- Mr. Dele Alake 

- Mr. Lateef Fagbemi SAN 

- Mr. Muhammad Idris 

- Mr. Olawale Edun

- Mr. Waheed Adebayo Adelabu 

- Mrs Iman Suleiman Ibrahim

- Professor Ali Pate 

- Professor Joseph 

- Senator Abubakar Kyari

- Senator John Eno 

- Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi

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Thu, 27 Jul 2023 13:50:01 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Bazoum finally bows to pressure, gets defeated as Niger Military succeed in Coup attempt https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-military-succeed-in-Coup-attempt https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-military-succeed-in-Coup-attempt President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum has been overthrown by the country's military.

There is no news of Mohamed Bazoum's condition so far. But the soldiers announced that they have overthrown him as the President of the Country.

They said that they did the coup because of Niger's situation of security and economic crisis.

They also announced a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am.

The President of Benin, Patrice Talon, who earlier on led the ECOWAS team in the country, failed to reach an agreement with the presidential guards who took power. Reports of President Bazoum's detention at the government house were reported yesterday morning, which led to protests from Bazoum's supporters.

The soldiers fired indiscriminate shots to disperse the protestors. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his country's lack of support for the coup. United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres said he spoke to President Bazoum and assured him that he has the support of the Assembly.

This is the fourth coup d'état in Niger since independence from France in 1960, and there have been many failed coup attempts in the country.

A group of soldiers claimed on national television in Niger on Wednesday that President Mohamed Bazoum has been removed from power.

A video grab shows Colonel Amadou Abdramane, centre, speaking during a televised statement

"We, the defense and security forces … decided to put an end to the regime," said Colonel Amadou Abdramane, shown seated and flanked by nine other officers wearing fatigues, reading a statement. His statement also mentioned "the deteriorating security situation and bad governance."

Abdramane said all institutions of the republic are suspended, that the country's borders are closed, and a nationwide curfew declared.

The soldiers warned against foreign intervention and said they would respect Bazoum’s well-being, Reuters reported. The Associated Press reported that it was unclear where Bazoum was at the time of the announcement or if he had resigned.

Hours earlier, members of Niger’s presidential guard surrounded the presidential palace in what African organizations called an attempted coup against Bazoum, the country's democratically elected leader.

Niger’s capital, Niamey, remained calm as the situation unfolded Wednesday, though the U.S. Embassy has advised people in the city to limit unnecessary movements and avoid travel along the Rue de la Republique, where the palace is located.

The United States joined African leaders in calling for the release of Bazoum, who was being held inside the country’s presidential palace by members of his presidential guard.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the immediate release of Bazoum late Wednesday. Earlier, he had said on Twitter, the social media site rebranded as X, that he has spoken with Bazoum.

"The U.S. condemns efforts to subvert Niger’s constitutional order by force and underscores that our partnership depends on the continuation of democratic governance," he said.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan released a statement that said the United States is deeply concerned about developments in Niger.

"We strongly condemn any effort to detain or subvert the functioning of Niger’s democratically elected government, led by President Bazoum," Sullivan said in the statement. "We specifically urge elements of the presidential guard to release President Bazoum from detention and refrain from violence."

The West African bloc ECOWAS also condemned the events in Niger and called on what it described as coup plotters to free the president "immediately and without any condition."

The statement from ECOWAS, known formally as the Economic Community of West African States, vowed to hold those involved in the plot responsible for the safety of the president, his family, members of the government and the general public.

Others condemning the apparent coup attempt included the chairman of the African Union commission, Faki Mahamat, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and former colonial power France, which has about 1,500 soldiers in Niger helping the government battle Islamist militants.

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Thu, 27 Jul 2023 03:56:56 +0100 Jan Bulo
APC To Hold Special NWC Meeting On Thursday https://belimedia.com.ng/apc-to-hold-special-nwc-meeting-on-thursday https://belimedia.com.ng/apc-to-hold-special-nwc-meeting-on-thursday A special meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) holds on Thursday on the postponed National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings of the party.

The meeting, which is coming ahead of Friday’s meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the leadership of NWC, will also discuss the recent development in the committee following Wednesday’s resignation of the National Vice Chairman (Northwest), Salihu Mohd. Lukman.

The meeting will also consider a proposed agenda prepared by the Secretariat for both the Caucus and NEC meetings.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:54:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
Bago Holds State Critical Stakeholders Revenue Generation Meeting https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-holds-revenue-generation-meeting https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-holds-revenue-generation-meeting Further to the effort of the Niger State Government to meet campaign promises and provide Nigerlites with dividends of democracy, Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago today held an extended meeting with the state’s critical stakeholders in revenue generation. 

The meeting which held in Government House Minna is part of the effort by the Bago-led administration to boost the Internally Generated Revenue in the state to help the state develop education and meet the deficit in infrastructure. 

While making his remarks, Bago stated that his administration is committed to working assiduously to ensure that, Niger State’s IGR is improved significantly. This, he said, would be achieved by exploring creative ways to improve IGR and put in place measures to block leakages.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:50:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
First Lady, Remi Tinubu Speaks On NADFUND Collaboration With Renewed Hope Initiative https://belimedia.com.ng/remi-speaks-on-nadfund https://belimedia.com.ng/remi-speaks-on-nadfund The Renewed Hope Initiative of the Office of the First lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has received a boost with the readiness of the National Agricultural development Fund, NADFUND to collaborate with the Initiative on Capacity Building, Guided direction on provision of implements and inputs, and expert advice on the Agricultural scope of the Initiative.

This was disclosed at the visit by the management of NADFUND, led by the Executive Secretary Dr Garzali Mohammed to the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu CON at the State House, Abuja.

The First Lady described the visit as one that would boost the Initiatives quest for a better deal for women in the Agricultural sector.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu pointed out that the Initiative intends to get top the 6 geopolitical zones of the country to enhance the Agricultural sector through women participation and improved capacity.

She assured the agency of her support in possible areas and sharing her wealth of experience when the need arises. 

The National Agriculture Development Fund, an Agency of Government which started over a year ago is saddled with the responsibility of building robust capacity in the Agricultural Sector, Provide market for Agricultural produce and provide financial inclusion.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:45:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
Zulum Orders Crackdown On “Marlians” Group https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-orders-crackdown-on-marlians-group https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-orders-crackdown-on-marlians-group Governor Babagana Zulum has directed security operatives to crack down a notorious “Marlian” group believed to be terrorizing residents in some parts of Maiduguri and Jere within the metropolis. 

The “Marlian” group, which is populated by some youths associated with drug abuses has gained notoriety for engaging in a wide range of criminal activities, such as extortion, robbery, drug and substance abuse, and acts of terrorism including the killing of security operatives.

Governor Zulum, on Wednesday in Maiduguri held an emergency security meeting at the Government House and thereafter, briefed journalists.

“I have summoned this emergency security council meeting to address the emerging security threat that is bedevilling the Maiduguri metropolis and parts of Jere Local Government, with a view to coming up with additional implementable strategies to guarantee the needed peace and security” Zulum began. 

“Intelligence reports before my office from different sources have indicated increasing activities of youth gangsterism operating in some parts of the state capital and Jere Local Government. This syndicate specialized not only on phone snatching in broad daylight, robbery and possession of locally made weapons, but has now graduated into the killing of innocent lives, including security operatives” the Governor declared. 

Zulum, who was deeply concerned about the escalating violence expressed Government’s determination to restore peace and ensure the safety of all residents.

“I want to assure the general public that Government of Borno State, under my leadership will not allow such a matter to deteriorate. I have received assurances from the security operatives of their commitment to tame such dastardly acts and our administration is ever committed to dealing with such matters within the shortest possible time” Zulum said.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:42:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
Dapo Abiodun's Led Administration Begins Conversion Of Vehicles To CNG https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-state-govt-begins-conversion-of-vehicles-to-cng https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-state-govt-begins-conversion-of-vehicles-to-cng Ogun State Government has commenced the conversion of state mass transit buses, including staff buses and public transport buses currently in circulation, to CNG to reduce the cost of transportation by charging rates that are commensurate with what obtained before subsidy removal.

The CNG project demonstrates the commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun's Administration to a greener environment, and it ensures affordable means of transportation in the State, especially in the wake of the removal of subsidy on fuel by the Federal Government in May.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:39:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
Governor Fintiri Apporves Measures To Cushion Effects Of Fuel Subsidy Removal In Adamawa State https://belimedia.com.ng/fintiri-approves-measures https://belimedia.com.ng/fintiri-approves-measures JUST IN: GOVERNOR FINTIRI APPROVES MEASURES TO CUSHION SUBSIDY REMOVAL EFFECTS

Following a series of meetings and key recommendations from organized labor and heads of relevant MDAs, Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has graciously approved the following measures to cushion the effect of subsidy removal by the federal government in Adamawa State:

1. Subsidy Allowance: A subsidy allowance of N10,000 will be granted to all workers and pensioners on the payroll of the state government for a period of six months. This measure aims to alleviate the immediate financial burden caused by the subsidy removal and offer support to those who may be affected.

2. Full Minimum Wage Implementation: Commencing with August salaries, local government workers will receive their salaries in accordance with the full minimum wage of the federal government. This decision seeks to improve the standard of living for local government employees and ensure their remuneration is fair and just.

3. Food Distribution: In response to the potential increase in food prices due to the subsidy removal, the state government has ordered 70 trucks of Maize and 20 trucks of rice for distribution to the citizenry at subsidized rates. This initiative intends to make essential food items more affordable and accessible to the public.

4. Subsidized Fertilizer: Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector, 50 trucks of fertilizer will be distributed to workers and the public engaged in agricultural activities at subsidized rates. This move is designed to support farmers and boost agricultural productivity in the state.

5. Transportation Support: Buses will be provided to ease transportation for workers and the public within the state and local government areas. This measure aims to alleviate transportation challenges that may arise as a result of the subsidy removal and ensure smooth movement for all residents.

These approved measures demonstrate Fintiri Adminstration's commitment to support the good citizens of Adamawa State during the period of subsidy removal. By providing financial assistance, ensuring fair wages, offering affordable food supplies, and aiding the agricultural sector, Governor Fintiri aim to mitigate the impact of the subsidy removal and foster economic stability.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 21:32:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Tinubu speaks on coup attempt in Niger Republic https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-speaks-on-coup-attempt-in-niger-republic https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-speaks-on-coup-attempt-in-niger-republic President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reacted to the coup attempt that surfaced on Wednesday in Niger Republic, tagging it as an 'unpleasant development.'

 President Tinubu made the clarion call in press statement on Wednesday afternoon.

Reacting to the latest development in Niger Republic, PBAT said:

 

“Information filtering in from the Republic of Niger indicates some unpleasant developments around the country's highest political leadership.”

 

“It should be quite clear to all players in the Republic of Niger that the leadership of the ECOWAS Region and all lovers of democracy around the world will not tolerate any situation that incapacitates the democratically-elected government of the country.”

 

“The ECOWAS leadership will not accept any action that impedes the smooth functioning of legitimate authority in Niger or any part of West Africa.”

 

“I wish to say that we are closely monitoring the situation and developments in Niger and we will do everything within our powers to ensure democracy is firmly planted, nurtured, well rooted and thrives in our region.”

 

“I am in close consultation with other leaders in our region, and we shall protect our hard-earned democracy in line with the universally acceptable principle of constitutionalism.”

 

“As the Chairperson of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, I state without equivocation that Nigeria stands firmly with the elected government in Niger and equally conveys the absolute resolve of leaders in our sub-region that we shall not waiver or flinch on our stand to defend and preserve constitutional order.”

 

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

 

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government

 

July 26, 2023

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 13:33:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Coup d'état in Niger Republic as President Bazoum held hostage https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-in-niger https://belimedia.com.ng/coup-in-niger Deployment of weapons and national guard In the light of the recent developments, it is safe to say that a coup d'état is well underway in Niger.

Indeed, the presidential guard that has taken President Bazoum Mohamed hostage since this morning refuses to retreat. The Army and the National Guard are currently deploying around the Presidential Palace.

According to Zagazola sources, the Presidential Guard would have initially wanted the support of the military, which for its part would have refused to support the mutiny.

Details later...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2023 13:22:06 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Godwin Emefiele Granted ₦20m Bail By Court After Six Weeks In DSS Custody https://belimedia.com.ng/emefiele-granted-bail https://belimedia.com.ng/emefiele-granted-bail The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has granted bail to the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, in the sum of N20m with one surety in like sum, Channels Tv reports.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted bail to Emefiele after listening to the submissions of Emefiele’s counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN).

The judge rejected the Federal Government’s claim that Emefiele was a flight risk.

He ruled that the government failed to provide any fact to support its claim.

President Bola Tinubu had suspended Emefiele as the apex bank chief on June 9, 2023. A day after, the Department of State Services (DSS) confirmed that the embattled and suspended CBN chief was in its custody.

After several legal fireworks by Emefiele’s counsel challenging his prolonged detention by the DSS, the secret police bowed to pressure on July 13, 2023 and announced that the suspended apex bank chief has been charged to court.

Emefiele was brought to court by DSS operatives in a hilux vehicle on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

Appearing before Justice Oweibo, Emefiele, 61, pleaded “not guilty” to the two counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition filed against him by the Federal Government.

In his submissions, Emefiele’s lawyer, Daudu, urged the court to grant bail on self recognizance or on other liberal terms, pending the hearing and determination of the trial.

He said, “There is no counter affidavit from the Federal Government opposing bail. Also, the defendant is a renowned banker and can only stay at his house, he can’t travel anywhere.”

However, counsel for the Federal Government, Nkiru Jones-Nebo, in an oral submission, opposed the bail application, insisting that the prosecution had not been given time to respond in line with the provisions of fair hearing enshrined in the constitution.

She also said that the prosecution had information that the defendant’s refusal to hand in his passport suggested his capacity to evade and abscond from his trial.

“As the Governor of the CBN, he is a powerful man, and can intimidate the witnesses. Granting him bail will intimidate the prosecution witnesses who have come forward to give evidence. He can evade trial based on his antecedents. We urge the court to dismiss the bail application,” she argued.

But the court overruled the Federal Government.

The judge also ordered that Emefiele be held at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, pending the perfection of his bail.

The trial has been fixed for November 14, 2023.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:55:46 +0100 Jan Bulo
OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVES MEASURES TO CURB EFFECTS OF FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-state-government-approves-measures https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-state-government-approves-measures In line with the current realities in the country and commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun's administration to ameliorate the effects of removal of fuel subsidy on the well-being of the good people of Ogun State, Ogun State Government have approved the following measures for immediate implementation:

1. Cash palliative of N10,000 for each public servant including pensioners to enable workers to cope with the economic shocks occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy for 3 months in the first instance with effect from July 2023.

2. Approval of hazard allowance for all health and medical personnel in the State. 

3. Approval of peculiar allowance for public servants in the State.

4. Immediate release of Letters of Promotion in respect of 2021 and 2022. 

5. Payment of March and April 2023 leave bonuses for public servants in the State.

6. Immediate cash-backing for the quarterly payment of gratuities to pensioners.

7. All our Ministries, Departments and Agencies are to work out modalities of ensuring that 20% of their staff strengths are off-duty daily to ease the effect of the recent increase in fuel price among public servants. 

8. Commencement of food palliatives to the vulnerable (rice, garri, beans, maize etc).

9. Furthermore, Gateway Trading Company has been directed to ensure the establishment of distribution outlets across the state, while items must be sold at the rate obtainable before the fuel price increase.

10. Also, fertilizers and other farm inputs are to be supplied to farmers at subsidized and controlled prices. 

11. Other measures include the commencement of conversion of State Mass Transit buses to CNG including staff buses and current public transportation buses in circulation to reduce the cost of transportation by charging rates comparable to what was obtained before deregulation. 

12. Immediate Road Infrastructure Intervention, with all the local governments working with Community Development Associations and Community Leaders to submit three roads that require immediate intervention as part of the palliative programmes and support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through Special Schemes to boost production capacity and employment generation.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:44:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
Katsina State House of Assembly Screens 7 Commisioners https://belimedia.com.ng/katsina-state-house-of-assembly-screens-7-commisioners https://belimedia.com.ng/katsina-state-house-of-assembly-screens-7-commisioners Katsina State House of Assembly has successfully screened 7 Commissioner- nominees submitted by Governor Dikko Umaru Radda today, 24th July 2023. 

The cleared nominees include: 

Hon. Musa Adamu Funtua 

Hon. Hamza Sule Faskari

Hon. Prof. Badamasi Lawal Charanci

Hon. Isiya Shehu Dabai

Hon. Nasiru Mu'azu Danmusa 

Hon. Bishir Tanimu Gambo

Prof. Abdulhamid Ahmed

Last week, Governor Malam Dikko Umaru Radda forwarded a list containing 20 nominees to the Katsina State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation as members of the State Executive Council. 

The screening exercise will be concluded on Wednesday, 26th July 2023.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:42:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
GOVERNOR UMARU BAGO CONDOLES THE PEOPLE OF SULEJA EMIRATE OVER THE DEMISE OF CHIEF IMAM, SHEIKH DAHIRU SHU'AIBU https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-pays-condolence-visit-to-suleja-emirate https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-pays-condolence-visit-to-suleja-emirate Niger State Governor, Rt. Hon. Umaru Mohammed Bago has condoled the Emir of Suleja, Mallam Muhammadu Awwal Ibrahim and the entire people of Suleja Emirate over the

demise of Chief Imam of Suleja Central Mosque, Sheikh Dahiru Shu'aibu.

Governor Umaru Bago was at the Emir's palace in Suleja, for the condolence visit.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, the Governor enjoined the people of the Emirate to accept whatever Allah Has permitted to happen as He gives and takes. 

The Emir of Suleja, Mallam Muhammadu Awwal Ibrahim described the late Chief Imam as a peace-loving personality and a bridge-builder.

He noted that the deceased has contributed his quota to the development of the Emirate and the state.

The Emir said the late Sheikh Shu'aibu was among the finest Islamic Scholars in the Emirate and he will be missed for his selflessness, commitment and dedication to whatever duty that was assigned to him.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:38:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu's Food Emergency: Zulum visits Baga, shares food to 23,000 households https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-visits-baga https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-visits-baga About 23,000 households on Monday received food palliatives at distributions that were directly supervised by Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum in Baga town of Kukawa Local Government Area. 

“Distribution of palliatives is one of the agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He (Tinubu) has declared an emergency on food security, and in line with this objective, Borno State Government is distributing food items to communities. We have provided food and non-food items to over 20,000 men and women (today)” Zulum said. 

While working on permanent livelihoods through revival of commercial activities and farming, Governor Zulum frequently distributes food palliatives to beneficiaries who could not farm in substantial quantity to feed them year round due to over 10 years of the Boko Haram insurgency. 

Zulum’s latest intervention in Baga reached 13,000 households in Baga town itself, 3,500 at Cross Kauwa, a town near Baga and 6,500 in Doro Baga, another community, making 23,000 households in total.

Each of the 23,000 households received bags of rice, spaghetti and maize grain with women getting a wrapper each.

In Baga the 13,000 households were made of 4,000 males heads of households who received a bag of rice and a bag of maize grain each, and 9,000 females, each of who received a carton of spaghetti and one wrapper each.

In Doro Baga, 3,500 male heads of households received a bag of rice and maize grain each, and 3,000 females received carton of spaghetti and a wrapper.

In Cross Kauwa, another 1,500 male heads of household received a bag of rice and maize grain and 2,000 females received carton of spaghetti and a wrapper.

Borno’s palliative task force Chairman, Engr Bukar Talba, and Dr. Barkindo Muhammad Saidu, Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) led officials to Baga on Sunday to begin the distribution before Zulum joined them on Monday morning and completed the exercises. 

The distribution had other participants who included the member, Mamber house of representatives for Kukawa, Abadam, Guzamala and Mobbar federal constituency- Malam Bukar Gana Kareto, Member representing Kukawa at the Borno State Assembly- Karta Maina Ma’aji Lawan, the Special Adviser on Monitoring and Evaluation, Engr. Baba Bukar Gujbawu, Executive Secretary of the Borno Geographic Information Services (BOGIS), Engr. Adam Bababe and the Executive Secretary, Borno State Primary Healthcare Agency, Professor Mohammed Arab Alhaji.

Zulum returned to Maiduguri on Monday night after the successful humanitarian trip.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:34:56 +0100 Jan Bulo
TINUBU ADMINISTRATION MOBILIZES HALF A BILLION DOLLARS FOR NIGERIA'S FOOD SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION & VP SHETTIMA https://belimedia.com.ng/tinibus-govt-mobilizes-half-a-billion-dollars https://belimedia.com.ng/tinibus-govt-mobilizes-half-a-billion-dollars Nigeria has mobilized over half a billion dollars for innovative, profitable, equitable and sustainable food systems transformation initiative, according to the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima. 

The Vice President made the disclosure while chairing a high-level meeting on the first day of the UN Food Systems Summit declared open in Rome, Italy by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guteress.

Vice President Shettima said the funds were mobilised "through domestic resources, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions, climate funds leading agro-businesses," and would be used for "Innovation finance for food system transformation; development of Nigeria's agro value chain and Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones programmes."

Explaining further, Sen. Shettima said "in this event, the Government of Nigeria will be showcasing its Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) as a unique example of a successful partnership between producers, the public sector and private operators."

"The VCDP which is co-funded by the of Nigeria and IFAD has empowered vulnerable farmers and youth to engage into commercial partnerships with some of the biggest food processing and marketing firms in the world such as OLAM, a world leading agri-business company operating in over 60 countries with an annual revenue of about $39.8 billion," the Vice President added.

Stating the government's vision about ending hunger, the VP added that "building on the success of the VCDP, the Federal Government is determined to capacitate Nigeria's rural smallholders and operators, youth and women living below the poverty line to take advantage of the new Special Processing Zones."

On the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ), Vice President Shettima said it "brings together local governments, IFAD, AfDB, IsDB, GCF, OLAM and other private actors alongside the government of Nigeria for transformative financing of food systems that leaves no-one behind."

While featuring in the panel discussion with the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud; Deputy President of Kenya, Rigathi Gachagua; and Prime Minister of Niger Republic, Ouhoudou Mahamadou, the VP said President Tinubu "is determined to transform the concept and meaning of modern governance" by demonstrating commitment towards the food system in the country.

According to him, "President Tinubu hit the ground running from day one of his administration, which is barely two months in office, and has therefore declared state of emergency in food security and took it as a livelihood item within the National Security Council."

On removing impediments to economic recovery, he said "we had two albatrosses around our necks: subsidy on petrol and multiple exchange rates system.

“We withdrew the subsidy on petrol from day one, just like President Ruto did in Kenya. To mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal, the government embarked on the immediate release of grains and fertilizers.

“A commodity marketing board has been put in place to continuously review and monitor the prices of food items.”

"Along this way, the President has already approved the infusion of huge quantum of funds towards repositioning of our security architecture because we have similar problems with Somalia and Kenya, especially in the northeast and northwest regions of the country. We are repositioning our security architecture to provide support for farms and farmers."

In attendance were the President of IFAD, Dr. Alvaro Lario, H.E. Muhammad Suleiman Al Jasser, President of Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Vice President of AfDB, Mrs. Hassatau N'Sele, Vice President of OLAM International Mr. Reji George and Vice President, Commodity Aaliance Forum (Representative of farmers) Mrs Ejim Lovelyn. 

Declaring the Summit open, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guteress commended the participating countries for their commitment to addressing the problems of hunger and malnutrition.

"This is the gathering about food system. It is essentially to fulfill those basic of human rights - the right to food. It is outrageous that people continue to suffer in the world of plenty," the UN scribe stated.

The Vice President also had bilateral meeting with the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. Both leaders discussed issues about the development of the two countries. 

The Vice President was accompanied to the meeting by Nigeria's Ambassador to Italy, Mfawa Abam and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, and other senior government officials.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:24:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Emefiele arrives Court for arraignment, pleads not guilty https://belimedia.com.ng/emefiele-arrives-court https://belimedia.com.ng/emefiele-arrives-court Suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele has been arraigned for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Emefiele arrived at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos for his arraignment on two counts charges.

He was brought by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) at 09:21 am.

Emefiele was arraigned before the vacation judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu, led other lawyers in Emefiele’s defence.

The suspended apex bank chief, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:09:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
POLICE ACADEMY COMMENCES APPLICATION INTO 10TH REGULAR COURSE CADET DEGREE PROGRAMME https://belimedia.com.ng/polac-commences-application-into-10th-regular-course-cadet-degree-programme https://belimedia.com.ng/polac-commences-application-into-10th-regular-course-cadet-degree-programme POLICE ACADEMY COMMENCES APPLICATION INTO 10TH REGULAR COURSE CADET DEGREE PROGRAMME

Interested and Qualified Candidates to Register on https://www.polac.edu.ng, as IGP Warns Impostors, Fraudsters

The Nigeria Police Force wishes to invite interested and qualified candidates of Nigerian extract to register online for admission into the 10th Regular Course Cadet Degree Programme. The online registration process will run for a period of six (6) weeks (from 24th July to 3rd September, 2023) availing both male and female Nigerians of good character the opportunity of serving the fatherland.  

The requirements for admission into the Academy include that the applicants must:

i. be of Nigerian origin by birth and possess National Identity Number (NIN), JAMB result (2023 only) with not less than 180 marks, and must have selected Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil as first choice in the JAMB form.

ii. possess a minimum of 6 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WAEC/NECO or its equivalent with credit passes in English and Mathematics.

iii. be aged between 17-21 years by 31st October, 2023.

iv. be medically, physically, and psychologically fit and must not be less than 1.67m tall for males and 1.64m tall for females.

v. have not less than 86cm (34 inches) expanded chest measurement (for males only)

vi. not be married or pregnant at the time of admission.

vii. have a valid email address and phone number.

viii. SSCE (WAEC/NECO) Statements of Results or certificates before 2019 will not be accepted.

The method of application is virtual. All interested applicants who meet the criteria above are advised to visit the Academy’s website: https://www.polac.edu.ng, generate Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) code which would be used to make payment of a non-refundable fee of Three Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N3,500) only through any commercial bank branch in Nigeria. Successful payment will open up a form that applicants are required to fill out and upload scanned copies of their SSCE results, birth, and state of origin certificate. 

Thereafter, applicants are required to print out completed online forms and guarantor forms to be filled and submitted at the Nigeria Police Academy during the physical screening.

 Automated physical screening exercise will hold at the Academy at a date which will be communicated in due course. Successful candidates will participate in a Computer Based Test (CBT), a subsequent Automated Medical Screening Exercise, and an Automated Interview/Selection Exercise for Final Selection of candidates who will undergo a 5-year academic and police training leading to a Bachelors Degree and commissioning into the Nigeria Police Force as Assistant Superintendent of Police II.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, assures that the process will be conducted in the best tradition of transparency and accountability. He advises the applicants to be wary of online imposters, scammers, and other criminal elements who might want to take advantage of the application process to dupe innocent applicants. The IGP however warns that anyone found wanting in this regard will be arrested and prosecuted.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 09:30:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
"Imo Can't Vote For Uzodinma" & Kelly Handsome, Clashes With APC Chieftains https://belimedia.com.ng/imo-cant-vote-for-uzodinma-kelly-handsome-clashes-with-apc-chieftains https://belimedia.com.ng/imo-cant-vote-for-uzodinma-kelly-handsome-clashes-with-apc-chieftains Popular Musician, Kelly Handsome has declared that the Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma does not deserve a second term.

Handsome, in a recent post on his social media page, claimed that he was invited to a political meeting with APC chieftains in the United States by the candidate of the Labour Party, Chief Athan Achonu, to brainstorm on strategies to help Uzodinma win the upcoming November 11th Elections in Imo.

According to him, Trouble reportedly broke out when he vehemently opposed working for the Governor due to the heightened Insecurity in the state.

In his words: "I don’t like rubbish. Senator Atan invited me to join the APC forum that was set up to canvass for another 4 years of failure to do the needful. I’m trying to set the records straight about his statement on the insecurity issues in Imo State, he indirectly admitted that the government of IMO state was responsible for the insecurity in Imo State that took lives of our loved ones over there and has kept the whole state in fear and unrest. He said I stood up to tell him a that that was not ok."

"Denying the situation on ground while trying to make us believe that the news we hear o we here in the diaspora is made up to create a false representation of the real situation on Ground, is not ok. We have people living there as we speak so we get reports directly from them and we know it is not ok. Nobody should collaborate with anyone to destroy his own people, that is not ok. It would have been better to come clean saying, we have failed you so, what do we do to make things better starting from this moment? Not trying to fool us into thinking that we are delusional."

"No, we are well informed. Can you beat a child and tell a child not to cry? No! And they called the security to walk me out. No issues but I have spoken the mind of the Imo people. You can verify. So I ask you, is it ok?"

The musician further added that the party chieftains invited Police to escort him out of the Venue.

"Trying to practice the suppression of the freedom of speech in a country where there is respect for human rights is a dumb move. They called the police to escort me out and I left, honorably. No disrespect intended, just the truth. Everybody knows the truth. #imostate

"You came to know our mind and we have told you our mind and you have asked us out and we’re out. That’s suspicious. Where’s the money? Nowhere. So, stop speaking English.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:57:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
Ogun Students Beat Teacher Who Stopped Them From Cheating https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-students-beat-teacher-who-stopped-them-from-cheating https://belimedia.com.ng/ogun-students-beat-teacher-who-stopped-them-from-cheating A gang of ten senior secondary school students in Ogun State have reportedly waylaid and assaulted a teacher, Kolawole Shonuga, who stopped one of them from cheating during an examination in the school.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at Isanbi Comprehensive High School, Ilisan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.

Shonuga while invigilating the unified examination for the SS 1 Art class students, caught one Ashimi Adebanjo, 18 years, cheating and seized his paper.

After school hours, the student ganged up with his peers waylaid the teacher and beat him up at the school’s gate, witnesses told our correspondent.

One of them, Kazeem Adelaja allegedly hit a stick on Shonuga’s head while others were beating him. Our correspondent gathered that police personnel from the Remo Division later pounced on the students and arrested about ten of them.

The police spokesman, Omotola Odutola, confirmed the incident, saying Shonuga had made a formal report on the alleged assault at Remo Police Division.

Odutola also confirmed the arrest of ten suspects. Our correspondent gathered that the suspects had already been arraigned in court for assault, but the command’s Public Relations Officer failed to answer questions about the arraignment.

The State Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Felix Agbesanwa frowned at the incident and insisted that the students must face the the wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent.

“The incident is true and I have been briefed. Our stand is that any student who raises his hand against his teacher should face the wrath of the law. There is no going back on that. No student must raise their hands against the teacher, whether Ogun Teach teachers or permanent teachers, a teacher is a teacher.

“They must be made to face the law to serve as a deterrent. I learnt they have been charged to court already.”

The state government has also condemned the act and vowed that it would not condone acts of indiscipline by learners across the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu gave this warning in Abeokuta while receiving the new Executive of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN).

He noted that part of the efforts put in place was the signing of Undertaking Forms by learners, parents and school heads to make learners and parents liable for any misconduct of the learners or parents alike, saying the aim was to have a safe learning environment free from the pandemonium of any sort.

“I’m using this opportunity to advise parents to talk to their children, they should warn them, because we won’t tolerate any indiscipline from any child. Any student that misbehaves in school will be dealt with appropriately,” he said.

In October 2021, no fewer than four cases of assault on teachers were recorded in different public schools in the State, forcing the government to introduce a compulsory undertaking signed by all the students and their parents to curb hooliganism.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:51:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
Elon Musk: Twitter To Ditch Bird&logo https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-twitter-to-ditch-bird-logo https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-twitter-to-ditch-bird-logo Twitter is set for a rebrand, if its owner Elon Musk is to be believed.

The change might come as soon as Monday. In a follow-up tweet, Musk said: "If a good enough X logo is posted tonight, we’ll make [it] go live worldwide tomorrow."

"It should have been done a long time ago," Musk said in a Twitter Spaces audio chat, according to a Reuters report.

The X probably refers to Twitter's business name X Corp. Musk also posted a tweet of a flickering X.

The rebrand is the latest change to Twitter by Musk since he acquired the company in October 2022 for $44 billion. Since taking over, Musk has made big changes to how Twitter works and has laid off large parts of the company's staff.

In early July, Musk imposed stricter limits on the number of tweets Twitter users can view in a day. Under the new restrictions, verified accounts are limited to reading 6,000 posts per day, unverified accounts to 600 posts per day and new unverified accounts to 300 posts per day.

A new Twitter CEO, Linda Yaccarino, took over the role from Musk last month. Upon her appointment, Musk said Yaccarino would “focus primarily on business operations,” while he would stay focused on “product design and technology.”

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:45:30 +0100 Jan Bulo
Electricity: Togo, Benin, Niger Owe Nigeria $18.29m For 2022 Consumption https://belimedia.com.ng/electricity-togo-benin-niger-owe-nigeria-1829m-for-2022-consumption https://belimedia.com.ng/electricity-togo-benin-niger-owe-nigeria-1829m-for-2022-consumption Nigeria’s International electricity customers- ers-Togo, Benin and Niger are owing Nigeria $18.29 million for electricity consumed in 2022, the Ni- Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has said. The international customers include Compagnie Energie Electrique du Togo of Benin Republic, (CEET); Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) and NIGELEC-electric power generation and transmission utility in Niger.

Data from NERC’s quarterly report, which was obtained by Saturday Telegraph yesterday, showed that Nigeria exported a total value of electricity of $50.9 million (N23.5 billion) in 2022. According to the report, Transcorp-SBEE, Main-stream-NIGELEC, the fourth quarter of 2022, received invoices of $3.44 million; Paras-SBEE, $3.03 million and Odukpani-CEET, $2.02 million to the market operators.

From the report, out of the total invoice received in the period, Mainstream-NI-GELEC remitted $5.44 million; Transcorp-SBEE remitted $0.93 million; , while no remittance was made to the MO by Paras-SBEE and Odukpani-CEET. NERC said, “In the third quarter, a total invoice of $11.05 million was received by the companies as follows; Transcorp-SBEE, Mainstream-NIGELEC and Odukpani-CEET received invoices of $1.85 million, $5.67 million and $1.71 million respectively from MO and made remittances of $1.20 million, $5.55 million and $1.67 million respectively.

However, no remittance was made to the MO by Pa- ras-SBEE against an invoice of $1.92 million. “In the second quarter of 2022, Transcorp-SBEE and Mainstream-NIGELEC received invoices of $2.42 million and $5.56 million from MO and remitted $2.42 million and $5.55 million re- respectively. “Paras-SBEE and Oduk- pani-CEET also received in- voices of $2.39 million and $2.03 million respectively from the market operators during the period but no payment was made by these customers.

“During the same period, Ajaokuta Steel Company was invoiced ₦264.76 million and ₦66.71 million by NBET and MO respectively, however, it made no remittance. “Similarly, NERC stated that in the first quarter of 2022, bilateral customers; Paras-SBEE, Transcorp-SBEE, and Mainstream-NI-GERLEC received invoices of $2.72 million, $2.74 million and $4.61 million from MO and each remitted $2.72 million, $2.74 million, and $4.52 million respectively.” It added, “No payment was made by Odukpani-CEET as it received an invoice of $3.42 million from MO during the period.”

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:43:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
Atiku Blackmailing Judiciary, Yet To Recover From Shock Defeat – Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/atiku-blackmailing-judiciary-yet-to-recover-from-shock-defeat-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/atiku-blackmailing-judiciary-yet-to-recover-from-shock-defeat-tinubu President Bola Tinubu has said the alleged attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to blackmail the judiciary will fail.

Tinubu said Atiku’s latest comment has shown that he was yet to recover from the shock defeat of the 2023 presidential election. He charged Atiku to provide evidence of his administration trying to undermine the judiciary.

In a statement by his spokesman, Dele Alake, the president said Atiku’s claims were full of innuendos, insinuations and outright lies.

According to Alake: “We have read the laughable and jejune statement by former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“It is obvious that having been thoroughly defeated by the All Progressives Congress and now President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former Vice President has not fully recovered from the shock of defeat, hence the current attempt to mischievously rake up another round of inanities that offend basic logic and rational thinking.

“In the ill-thought out and illogical statement, Alhaji Atiku accused the current administration of the governing APC of plotting to undermine the judiciary without providing any shred of evidence. Apart from innuendos, insinuations and outright lies contained in the said press statement, the former Vice President Atiku didn’t put forward any convincing argument to support his claims on how the President Tinubu-led administration and APC sought to undercut, undermine and compromise the judiciary.

“If the former Vice President believes in democracy and the sanctity of the Judiciary, as claimed, he would not engage in making spurious and wild allegations aimed at disparaging and discrediting an important arm of government that should serve as the bulwark for our democracy.

“He shamelessly resorted to this cheap attempt to intimidate and blackmail the Judiciary even when he is party to a case before the Presidential Election Petition Court.

“Let it be said that when it comes to matters of fighting for democracy and democratic ideals, rule of law and independence of Judiciary in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu stands shoulder above Atiku Abubakar.

When President Tinubu was leading the charge against the emasculation of the judiciary and promoting the sanctity of rule of law as the building block for good governance as Governor of Lagos State between 1999-2007, under a PDP central government, Alhaji Atiku was nowhere to be found.

“It is on record and to his eternal credit that President Tinubu, through the instrumentality of the law and Judiciary, successfully challenged many of the draconian and obnoxious decisions of the PDP-led Federal Government that trampled on the rights of the States as federating units. Lagos State under the leadership of the then Governor Tinubu won over 13 cases up to the Supreme Court against the hydra-headed PDP administration at the centre.”

The statement maintained that Tinubu can never undermine the judiciary because he won the last election.

“No leader with such a sterling and enviable credential as a champion of rule of law, independence of judiciary like President Tinubu will ever contemplate undermining the Judiciary as alleged by Alhaji Atiku.

“President Tinubu won a free, fair and credible election. The February 25, 2023 Presidential election that produced him is the most transparent election ever conducted in Nigeria since 1999.

“President Tinubu and the APC absolutely have no reason to undermine the judiciary in the hope of any favourable judgement,” he added.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:40:56 +0100 Jan Bulo
4 Governors, Wike, Attend Justice Monica Dongban&Mensem Son’s Memorial https://belimedia.com.ng/4-governors-wike-attend-justice-monica-dongban-mensem-sons-memorial https://belimedia.com.ng/4-governors-wike-attend-justice-monica-dongban-mensem-sons-memorial No fewer than four governors attended the memorial service organised by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, for her son, Parker Shepnaan Dongban who passed on last year.

Some of the governors who attended the event held at Demshin in Plateau State still have cases at the election petitions courts where the Appeal Court President would have a major role to play.

However, there was no evidence that the Appeal Court president invited the governors to the event.

According to analysts, the governors might have attended the event in a typical Nigerian gesture, and perhaps, to curry favour.

Speaking at the service held at St. Peters Clever Church, Demshin in Plateau State, the Governor of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who said he was speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), sympathised with Justice Dongban-Mensem, saying the governors identified with the family at the memorial service.

He said though the loss was painful, the governors recognised the impact made to humanity by the late Parker Shepnaan Dongban within the short period of his sojourn on earth, adding that his goodwill would be greatly missed.

He said: “Even though we remember our son today, we acknowledge that he lived an impactful life.”

Also speaking, the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Caleb Mutfwang, who sympathised with the bereaved family, prayed to God to continue to comfort them.

He noted that no one can feel what the family has gone through since the untimely demise of the Parker.

He said: “There isn’t much to say on an occasion like this other than to say, may the good Lord continue to comfort you and the family because there is nothing we can do and the only thing is to pray for you.

“Even though one year has passed and we know you have enjoyed the comfort of the Lord, may you continue to enjoy the comfort of the Lord all the way. We will continue to pray that God will teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Also at the memorial service were Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia; his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun; former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, and former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike.

In his message, the Bishop of Shendam Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Philip Dung admonished the congregation and also prayed for the repose of the soul of Parker.

He asked God to continue to comfort the family.

He appealed to the Nigerian leaders not to abandon the people, particularly those in rural communities who voted them into power but to come up with programmes and actions that would cushion the effects of the present hardships being experienced in the country.

Bishop Dung drew the attention of governments at various levels to the lack of social amenities such as drinking water, roads, schools, and hospitals in most communities and called for urgent steps to be taken to give the people a sense of hope and belonging.

He applauded the President of the Court of Appeal for her investments in education which, he said, has enabled the less-privileged children to have access to schooling.

As part of the event, a Multipurpose Hall built at Ngoottuguut in memory of Parker was commissioned by the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh alongside Mutfwang, and other dignitaries.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:38:10 +0100 Jan Bulo
Maku: Bandits Attack ex&Minister's Residence, Injure 3 Guards. Gov Sule Reacts https://belimedia.com.ng/maku-bandits-attack-ex-ministers-residence-injure-3-guards-gov-sule-reacts https://belimedia.com.ng/maku-bandits-attack-ex-ministers-residence-injure-3-guards-gov-sule-reacts Suspected Fulani bandits launched a violent attack on the residential home of former minister of information, Labaran Maku, in Akwanga, leaving three security guards fatally wounded. The incident occurred at approximately 7:50 pm on Saturday and marks the third attack on Maku’s properties in the past month.

The assailants, speaking in Hausa, reportedly stormed Maku’s Ola residential house, forcefully attempting to gain entry. When confronted by the security guards, the bandits resorted to sporadic shooting, forcing their way into the compound.

One of the injured security guards, who suffered severe wounds during the assault, recounted the terrifying ordeal.

“They came in a mob and ordered me to open the entrance gate. When I resisted because I did not know who they are, they started shooting and jumped the fences into the compound,” he said.

Labaran Maku expressed his dismay over the recurring attacks on his properties and family. Just a month ago, his father’s compound in Wakama was invaded, and three of his siblings were kidnapped. Another tragic incident involved the killing of two of his elder brother’s children at their residential home.

“These relentless attacks clearly indicate that our state is under siege by suspected bandits,” lamented Maku.

Upon receiving reports of the invasion, the Army and the police immediately deployed forces to Akwanga. The presence of the security forces prompted the assailants to flee into the nearby bush.

As the situation remains tense, residents in the area express concern over the escalating violence and call for decisive action from authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and restore peace in the area.

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, recently during an expanded security meeting, ordered the security agencies in the state to ensure the safety of lives and properties affirming the influx of some suspected bandits in the state.

PRESS STATEMENT

GOVERNOR SULE CONDEMNS INVASION OF HON. MAKU's RESIDENCE BY SUSPECTED BANDITS

Governor of Nassrawa State, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has condemned in totality, the reported invasion of the residence of the former Minister of Information, Hon. Labaran Maku at Ola, Akwanga Local Government Area of the State by suspected bandits at the late hours of Saturday.

The Governor, describes the incident as unfortunate and has since directed the Police and other security agencies in the state to ensure that the criminals are brought to book.

Governor Sule hereby reassures that, as a responsible Government, the security of lives and property as well as the general well-being of the citizens will continue to top priority by his administration.

The State Government is already partnering with the top Military Command, the Police and other Para-military agencies to ensure that the bandits fleeing from other parts of the country as a result of military offensive do not have a hiding place in Nassrawa State.

Governor Sule also warned criminal elements operating under whatever guise to leave or desist from their evil ways as the State has no hiding place for criminals.

The Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Nassrawa State, extends his deepest sympathy to the former Minister of Information over the unfortunate incident and to the injured security personnel, who were on duty at the time of the invasion.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:13:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
Heavens Won’t Fall If You Remove Tinubu As President & Atiku Urges Tribunal https://belimedia.com.ng/heavens-wont-fall-if-you-remove-tinubu-as-president-atiku-urges-tribunal https://belimedia.com.ng/heavens-wont-fall-if-you-remove-tinubu-as-president-atiku-urges-tribunal The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has pleaded with the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to summon enough courage to do substantial justice to his petition seeking the nullification of Ahmed Bola Tinubu as winner of the February 25 election.

Atiku pointedly said on Sunday that contrary to the threat of Tinubu, heavens would not fall when he (Tinubu) is sacked by the tribunal as Nigeria’s president on the account of massive electoral fraud that brought him into office.

In his final written address, Atiku dismissed Tinubu’s threat as an empty one deployed to scare the tribunal from upholding justice in the petition challenging Tinubu’s election.

In the final written address by his lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, the former Vice President recalled the courageous position of the Supreme Court in the case of Rotimi Amaechi, where the apex court held that heavens would not fall when justice is done in the manner prescribed by law.

Justice George Adesola Oguntade, who delivered the Supreme Court judgment in the cited authority, had said:

“I must do justice even if the heavens fall. The truth, of course, is that when justice has been done, the heavens stay in one place and in peace.”

Atiku asked the tribunal to invoke the courage displayed in the past Supreme Court judgment to settle his petition against Tinubu by disregarding the threat of monumental chaos issued by Tinubu to shield himself from justice.

The former Vice President maintained that Tinubu had lost the moral and legal rights to be in office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having admitted a punitive forfeiture of $406,000 in a narcotics and money laundering-related matter.

Besides, Atiku accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of manipulating the results of the presidential election in the most corrupt manner in favour of Tinubu and thereafter, unlawfully proclaimed him (Tinubu) the winner of the election.

Citing the alleged brazen subversion of the popular will of the voters by INEC in favour of Tinubu, the former Vice President appealed that the proclamation of the electoral body is voided and set aside and in its place, declare him the winner of the election having convincingly scored the majority of the lawful votes.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:08:06 +0100 Jan Bulo
Peter Obi Never Claimed That He Won The Presidential Election https://belimedia.com.ng/peter-obi-never-claimed-that-he-won-the-presidential-election https://belimedia.com.ng/peter-obi-never-claimed-that-he-won-the-presidential-election Reno Omokri in responding to a tweet from Mr Philips

Dear Philips,

Thank you for your feedback. Are you aware that Peter Obi himself is not claiming that he won the election or that his mandate was stolen?

Please read his petition. It is a public document. He is calling for the #NigerianElections2023 to be voided and another election held in its place. He also asserts that without getting 25% of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory, Tinubu cannot be validly elected.

Furthermore, Peter Obi avers that the Chicago forfeiture judgment is a conviction which renders Tinubu ineligible to contest. Again, he claims that Kashim Shettima violated the Electoral Act by being the recipient of a double nomination.

Finally, he claims that INEC's failure to transmit the results of the election electronically renders it null and void.

However, Peter Obi did not claim that he won the election.

So, Philips, if Peter Obi does not claim he won the election, what is the basis of your claim?

Is this not the same mass delusion that made guys claim that Buhari was dead and had been replaced by a Sudanese clone named Jubril?

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Mon, 24 Jul 2023 05:05:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
Muslim Community Asks Davido To Pull Down Controversial Logos Olori's 'Jaye Lo' Video And Apologize To Muslims https://belimedia.com.ng/muslim-calls-on-davido-to-pull-down-video https://belimedia.com.ng/muslim-calls-on-davido-to-pull-down-video Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) label boss, David Adeleke aka Davido, and his signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, have caused a stir online sparking mixed reactions from netizens following the release of the latter's new record, 'Jaye Lo.'

A 45-second clip of the new video posted Friday, on Instagram by Davido, has since got tongues wagging. Many Muslim devotees have tagged the video offensive and are now calling for a retraction while also threatening the artiste with a lawsuit.

The controversial scene featured some men depicting praying mallams seen dancing in front of a mosque, instead of praying. This dancing act has since been deemed offensive by some Muslim devotees.

On why this is deemed offensive, Ahmad Ganga, a Personal Assistant in the Federal House of Representatives, stated that Davido and his signee in this scene portrayed Muslims as morons, arguing that the mosque is a praying ground, not a dance club.

Ganga tweeted: "An artist who demonstrated that Muslims play and dance in the mosque instead of performing prayer just to portray Muslims as morons."

A deep dive into social media registered that the majority of the tweets concerning the controversial video not only lambasted the singer but also threatened his very existence.

Ganga in a prior tweet stated: "First of all, I've unfollowed you, reported you, and deleted all your songs from my phone. While I condemn your hateful incitement against Islam and Muslims, I encourage my fellow Muslims to do the same to set standards to prevent future occurrences. Moreover, let's meet in court!.''

Another Muslim devotee simply identified as Muhammad also called for the artiste to be sued tweeting: "I want to use this medium to urge 

@davido to Kindly delete the evil video song he released and apologise to the Muslims around the globe for the damage and wrongdoings he has done. If not, all Muslims should drag him to court and block him instantly. This is total madness."

Tweeting in support of Ganga, Khalif Arabiu, another Muslim devotee wrote; "Every tweet from Davido's handle after that sacrilegious video is still unrepentant. It is quite unfortunate. I pity him God's wrath isn't something to play with."

Yaya Abba tweeted: "Davido and this scammer should dare not set foot in the North. We Muslims don’t tolerate disrespect towards our religion. You don’t see Muslims making fun of others, I don’t know why you disrespect ours. We’ll never forget or forgive these two."

A Muslim news platform, Muslim News Nigeria tweeted: ''Nigerian Muslims are calling on music star #Davido to pull down the music video recently released by his artiste, #Logosolori, or remove the offensive scene where some men, clad in white Jalabias, switched to the dancing mood after observing the #Salat, as they recited Quranic verse.''

Zahra Zaraa Danejo, a Muslim lawyer tweeted; "This stupid boy has no respect for Islam and Muslims. Waste man.''

Sultan tweeted asking the singer to publicly tender an apology. He tweeted: "We Muslims will never tolerate such disrespect, Islam teaches us how to respect each other’s religion, Is either Davido come out and apologise or we will forever be waiting for his foot here in the North."

In a now-deleted tweet, a Christian also joined in on the conversation, supporting the stance taken by many Muslim devotees. He tweeted; "If we Christians don’t respect our religion, Muslims respect theirs."

Although Davido has remained mum on the issue, fans and allies have since begun to defend the singer, sharing clips of similar videos shot in predominantly Muslim countries which posed no problems.

Engr Christian tweeted: "Dis is Asake a Yoruba Muslim that used the church to sing the Christian didn't call the Wrath of God on him cos we understand its entertainment but this idi0ts called Arewa Twitter won't let Davido breef cos he used mosque. Wrath of Allah is only for almajiri's make una wake up."

A Muslim devotee drumming up support for Davido argued that the said video was shot outside the mosque as against inside the mosque, an area deemed sacred. She tweeted: The video Davido promote was made outside the mosque. Why all the Thump."

Another Muslim devotee Lara Miles tweeted: With all due respect to We Muslims, Islam & Yoruba Muslims, I see absolutely nothing wrong with the music video of Davido signee, Logos Olori. The song "Jaye Ola," didn't use any negative words against the religion, thus, I think the attack on Gov Adeleke & Davido is misplaced."

A data analyst Darey tweeted: You couldn't cancel POVERTY, CRIMINALITY, TERRORISM, BANDITRY, CHILD MARRIAGE etc, You want to cancel DAVIDO .. Misplaced priorities."

Orji Okosisi tweeted: "I fit cry if Davido takes down this video. I love to see their premium tears over “disrespect” of their so-called religion. These folks loot NG dry, impoverish their ppl, and murder innocent souls unprovoked, yet, always portray themselves as the most religious ppl in NG. Stup!d."

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Sun, 23 Jul 2023 15:47:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Courts Responsible For Present Sufferings, Hardships, Underdevelopment — NLC https://belimedia.com.ng/courts-responsible-for-present-sufferings-hardships-underdevelopment-nlc https://belimedia.com.ng/courts-responsible-for-present-sufferings-hardships-underdevelopment-nlc The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has accused the courts in the country of being responsible for the present sufferings; hardships and underdevelopment the citizenry are passing through.

NLC also urged Nigerians to disregard the alleged state-sponsored rallies aimed at enslaving workers, stressing that the rallies are clear reminders of the Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha movement days that forced them to reminiscence the days of the bespectacled dictator that ran roughshod over the nation and trampled upon all known democratic and civil rights of the citizens and workers.

President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who stated this in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2023 Rain School of the congress in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, told workers to be battle-ready and brace for another round of struggle for the emancipation of the people and the workers.

He said that the earlier nationwide action organized by labour over the removal of fuel subsidy was allegedly sabotaged by an abnormal injunction procured and served on NLC in “unholy circumstances” from the Courts by the Government.

“Whether this antics of manipulating the Courts to sabotage our collective resolve will work this time is going to be left in the hands of Nigerians and the seriousness with which they see the imminent peril which our lives are being subjected to. That is why we want Nigerian workers and Nigerian people to blame all our present sufferings, hardships and underdevelopment on the Courts,” he said.

He said, “It is said that after the rain comes shine! Today, it is shining brighter and brighter! At the end of every journey is a time of reckoning and a time to say goodbyes! Time to evaluate what has been done and what has been accomplished! We have all spent a fruitful week learning new skills and getting empowered for the battle ahead; the struggles for a more humane and inclusive globe where workers will no longer be seen as appendages but as critical players towards greater wealth creation and development.

“Comrades! That is why it is indeed with great pleasure and honour that I stand with you on this auspicious occasion that marks the end of this year’s Rain School. The hard work has been done and we believe, the harvests and its various outcomes would soon be demonstrated in new deeper and more robust engagements with the social partners especially as we grapple with the increasing threat of neo-liberalism and its offshoots such as the incipient and burgeoning anti-poor; pro-capital policies of the government of Nigeria.

“It is important that we quickly draw your attention to the insensitive and utterly unacceptable hike in the prices of Petroleum products by the government of Nigeria in the midst of the suffering occasioned by the earlier hike of same product price to N537/litre on the 29th day of May 2023. Nigerians were yet to grapple with the shock of that inauguration day price increase when just few days ago, we were shocked with the announcement of a fresh price hike to N617/litre by the agents of the federal government. To us comrades, this is most unconscionable and a further attempt at emasculating an already suffering and bent Nigerians who are currently groaning under the yoke of an unbending malevolent group presently occupying the corridors of power.

“We have pointed this out so as to prepare all of our minds on the battle that awaits all of us as we leave this place. The skills we have acquired here must be used to strategically respond to this nascent wickedness if we must remain relevant as the people cry out and ask; where is Labour and where is the NLC? A cry is out there in the streets comrades and we must respond creatively and timely to those calls. It is in the nature and robustness of our response that the testimony of what we have acquired these past days will be borne. It is truly going to be a demonstration of our resilience which is anchored on how we are able to meet with the desires and expectations of those who look up to us for the articulation and defense of their rights and privileges.

“It is on this note that we call on all Nigerians to get ready to join hands with us as we begin preparation to build a coalition of all Nigerian people; from the North to the South and from the East to the West. A Coalition of the suffering, oppressed and deprived where everyone will be a leader and everyone will be a follower. Hunger and poverty transcend ethnic and religious boundaries and it is our collective and indeed civic duty to save ourselves and our nation from the clutches of these mindless policies.

“Nigerians must disregard the state sponsored rallies aimed at further enslaving us. These rallies are clear reminders of the Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha movement days and truly forces us to reminiscence the days of the bespectacled dictator who ran roughshod over our nation and trampled upon all known democratic and civil rights of the citizens and workers.

“As we brace for another round of struggle for the emancipation of our people and ourselves, we call on all of us who have attended this year’s programme to take charge and provide leadership in their various constituencies so that together, we can generate the critical mass needed to compel this government to listen to the wishes of Nigerian people.

“Comrades! Our earlier nationwide action was sabotaged by an abnormal injunction procured and served on us in unholy circumstances from the Courts by the Government.”

Continuing, he said, “As we gird our loins with the lessons from our various discourses here and as we eagerly prepare for our various destinations in and out of Nigeria, we urge you not to remain forever as students. The success of this week can only be measured by what you are able to do with it and how you are able to impact lives and your different unions. Nietsche reminds us that the worst thing we can do to our teachers is to remain students forever!

“We therefore urge you to impart on others the lessons learnt here. Apply them and use it to change whatever platform or society that we come across. Be worthy ambassadors of this school and let the light that has been lit in you here shine brightly wherever you go and in whatever you do”.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:53:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu Never Challenged Forfeiture Order & Peter Obi Tells Tribunal https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-never-challenged-forfeiture-order-peter-obi-tells-tribunal https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-never-challenged-forfeiture-order-peter-obi-tells-tribunal Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 presidential election has asked the Presidential Election Petition Court to uphold the order of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in the case in which President Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) forfeited the sum of $460,000 as proceeds of narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

In his final written address in response to the final written address of President Tinubu and the Vice President, Kashim Shettima at the 2023 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Obi told the court that Tinubu had never challenged the US court order in any court of competent jurisdiction since 1993 when the order was made till date.

He said that his submission “is predicated on the decision of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in Case No: 93C 4483, which ordered 'that the funds in the amount of $460,000 in account 263226700 held by First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu represents the proceeds of narcotics trafficking or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 USC §1956 and 1957'. The decision encapsulated in the Order is tendered as Exhibit PA5 before this Honourable Court.

“The above Order made by the United States District Court, was sequel to a 'Settlement Order of Claims to Funds held by Heritage Bank and Citibank' wherein Bola Tinubu (2nd Respondent) and others, claimed ownership of the sums in the accounts. The 2nd Respondent till date has not challenged the Order of Forfeiture made by the US Court as shown above.”

Obi noted that it is important to underscore that the Proceeding in Exhibit PA5 above (Forfeiture Proceedings), “the Order was based among under things by the revelation/finding in the Affidavit of Kevin Moss, a Special Agent and investigator on financial crime, money laundering and narcotics trafficking, inter alia that "interviews with investigators from the US Customs Service disclosed that the address at 7504 S. Stewart Avenue is known as a drop-off point for packages from Nigeria that contain white heroin....." and that "in the application to open his account at First Heritage Bank, Illinois, Chicago, "Tinubu (2nd Respondent herein) stated that his address was 7504 South Stewart, Chicago, Illinois."

According to him, “The provision of Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution, is clear, explicit, unambiguous and clearly provides as follows: "A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if -

“He is under a sentence of death imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria OR a sentence of imprisonment or fine for any offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatsoever name called) or for any other offence imposed on him by any court or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal; or". (Emphasis supplied)."

He added, “We respectfully invite Your Lordships to uphold that the above sub-section, by the use of the word "OR" in the several instances envisaged therein envisages a disjunctive meaning and interpretation for those several instances, as such, the ordinary plain meaning of the sub-section is that a person shall not be qualified for the office of the President if among other things; he is under a fine for any offence involving dishonest of fraud (by whatever name called) of any offence imposed on him by any Court or Tribunal.

“It is submitted that the Order of Forfeiture made against the 2nd Respondent by the US Court as reproduced above, constitutes a fine, and it is in respect of an offence involving dishonest or fraud by a Court.

“With due respect, the submissions on pages 22-25 of the Written Address are incorrect and do not reflect the actual position of the law. It submitted that the misconception of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to the effect that a conviction must exist before a person will be disqualified from contesting for the office of the President, and which said misconception sterns from their unfortunate, albeit, misguided reliance on Section 137 (1) (e) of the 1999 Constitution. The Petitioners case is not based on Section 137 (1) (e), but rather on the provisions of Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution.

“The 2nd and 3rd Respondents further attempt to discredit the evidence of PW1, by stating that he visited the United States once in 2003 is of no moment. Exhibit PA5 is documentary evidence which is certified, sealed, notarized and authenticated by the United States Court which issued it.”

He further said, “We urge Your Lordships to disregard the argument of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to the effect that Exhibit PA5 has not been registered in Nigeria, as according to them, such registration is required by the provisions of Section 3 of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Ordinance and Foreign Judgment (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act."

He told the court that the Section 3 of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Ordinance and Foreign Judgment (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act, Tinubu and Shettima heavily relied on are completely inapplicable to the instant Petition.

“Respectfully, my Noble Lords, the cardinal question is whether a civil forfeiture under US Law as ordered in Exhibit PA5, can be equated to a fine as used in Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution. The answer, on settled case law in the US and legal literature is in the affirmative.

“A civil forfeiture in the US amounts to a 'fine' or a 'punitive economic sanction', and it is also "at least partially punitive" against the persons whose property is affected. Why did Timb challenge the forfeiture proceedings if he was not to be personally affected? Can it be honestly argued that the 2nd Respondent herein did not suffer economic sanction when he forfeited 460,000 USD to the US Government?

“It is submitted that, the decision of the US Supreme Court above, ranks superior to the evidence called by the Respondents and the text written by TS Greenburg et al, entitled A Good Practice Guide for Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture (World Bank 2009) 13, cited by the 2nd and 3rd Respondents on pages 24-25 of their Final Written Address.

“Respectfully, My Lords, under the Nigerian law, the word "fine" used in Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, also contemplates an Order of Forfeiture made against the 2nd Respondent.

“Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA), the Interpretation Section defines "fine" as "includes any pecuniary forfeiture or pecuniary compensation payable under this act. Penalty includes any pecuniary fine, cost, forfeiture or compensation recoverable under an order.

“The United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, which made the Order of Fine against the 2nd Respondent, comes within the category of the term 'any court' provided for in section 137 (1) (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)."

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:48:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
Gov Uba Sani: Eight Thousand Naira Cash Transfer Is A Scam https://belimedia.com.ng/gov-uba-sani-eight-thousand-naira-cash-transfer-is-a-scam https://belimedia.com.ng/gov-uba-sani-eight-thousand-naira-cash-transfer-is-a-scam Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state, has described the proposed cash transfer policy of the Federal Government as a scam.

Sule stated this while speaking in an interview with Arise Television’s News Night on Friday.

The governor said, “My position has always been that, at this critical time, cash transfer should not be something that we should bring up, completely. I think that cash transfer for me, in my opinion, is a scam. Completely is a scam. I can be very certain about that, because who are you transferring the money to?

“Let me give an example, go and check the current statistics. Like I said, as the Chairman, Committee of Banking for four years in Nigeria, I oversight Central Bank, I oversight all the commercial sector of our economy for the last four years and I look at the statistics, I will be very firm on this issue and you can go and check it.

“About 70 to 75 percent of the rural population in North West are financially excluded completely. You will have to go and check, these people we are talking about are important people in the society. They do not even have a bank account so who are you transferring the money to?

“Let’s try and work very hard to make sure that they are financially included, that is the most important thing and I will like to call on our development partners, the World Bank, to put more money towards bringing more people into the financial services and the vulnerable in particular.

“Let’s put more money to ensure that we open accounts for them, get them involved, if we don’t do that, no matter what we do however you do it, money will go to the wrong people, that’s the fact.”

President Bola Tinubu had earlier unveiled his administration’s plan for a monthly N8,000 transfer to 12 million of the poorest households in the country for six months, in a bid to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.

The plan was contained in a letter read last Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the $800 million loan request of the previous Muhammadu Buhari administration for a social safety net programme.

But days after the announcement, the Federal Government said it will review the move following the public outcry it generated among Nigerians.

Recall that following the removal of the petrol subsidy and the recent hike in petrol prices to up to N617/litre, the National Executive Council (NEC) agreed on palliative measures for Nigerians.

NEC also considered integrity tests on state social registers, cash transfers would be done via state social registers subject to state peculiarities.

The Federal Government also initiated a six-month cash award policy for public servants.

According to the Federal Government, food items grains and fertilizers are to be distributed by state governments at the rate acquired from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while states were asked to double down on energy transition plans in the transport sector.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:45:28 +0100 Jan Bulo
Where Rule Of Law Is Trampled Upon, Anarchy Reigns Supreme, Obi Replies Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/where-rule-of-law-is-trampled-upon-anarchy-reigns-supreme-obi-replies-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/where-rule-of-law-is-trampled-upon-anarchy-reigns-supreme-obi-replies-tinubu The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 election and first petitioner in the ongoing case at the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, Peter Obi, has in his response to the legal team of President Bola Tinubu, declared that anarchy only reigns where the rule of law is trampled upon.

Obi said this through his legal team in response to the written address by Tinubu’s lawyers who had argued that an interpretation of the law requiring 25 percent of the total lawful votes cast 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory could lead to anarchy.

According to Obi’s media team, in a release on Friday, the LP candidate through his legal team has given a principled response to the threat of Anarchy from the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the 2nd and 3rd Respondents in the petition, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shetimma, “that if the Court interprets the Electoral Act section 134 against them it might lead to breakdown of law and order.”

The release read in part, “Recall that Tinubu’s legal team, led by Wole Olanipekun, had in their final address to the court threatened that, “Any other interpretation different from theirs will lead to absurdity, chaos, anarchy and alteration of the very intention of the legislature.”

However, “Peter Obi’s lawyers led by Dr Livy Uzoukwu and Onyechi Ikpeazu disagreed saying instead that what will lead to anarchy is where the rule of law is trampled upon or truncated, that in such situations anarchy reigns supreme!

According to Obi, “A sentence in the 2nd-3rd Respondents’ address alarmed the Petitioners and millions of Nigerians. The 2nd-3rd Respondents went too low and abandoned discretion when they claimed as follows: “Our submission is that the Petitioners are inviting anarchy by their ventilation of this issue of non-transmission of results electronically, by INEC.”

“Obi’s legal team noted that they found Tinubu’s outburst as “a cheap, misguided, and destructive blackmail clearly intended to target the country’s judicialism and constitutionalism. It also aims at cannibalizing our democracy.

“The legal team also noted that the careless and absurd statements of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents intend to raise the issue of insecurity if the Petitioners were to emulate the bad example of the 2nd-3rd Respondents but remarked that such will never happen because of the petitioner’s discipline and peaceful disposition and believe in the rule of law.

“Still underscoring the pointlessness and the supererogatory of the Respondent’s threat, Obi’s legal team wondered, ‘When has it become offensive for Petitioners to canvass a ground prescribed for the challenge of an election in section 134(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2022?

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:42:46 +0100 Jan Bulo
Subsidy: Your Policies Inflicting Hardship On Nigerians, CAN Tackles Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/subsidy-your-policies-inflicting-hardship-on-nigerians-can-tackles-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/subsidy-your-policies-inflicting-hardship-on-nigerians-can-tackles-tinubu The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration policies “inflicting hardship” on Nigerians, calling for immediate measures that would alleviate the sufferings.

President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, on Friday in a statement, however, commended the President for some of his policies, including national appointments meant to foster unity in the nation.

“Against the backdrop of the recent unprecedented hikes in fuel prices and alarming inflation, the national leadership of the CAN wishes to express its deepest concerns over the prevailing hardships faced by Nigerians, and calls for immediate steps to mitigate the situation.

“While Nigerians were trying to adjust to the initial increase in fuel price to N540 and its consequential effect on cost of transportation, food, goods and services, and general cost of living, another hike alluded to market forces took the price to N617. The situation is just unbearable for millions of Nigerians who were already suffering poverty.

“It is therefore imperative that economic policies are formulated and implemented with utmost care and consideration for the prevailing hardships experienced by Nigerians,” Okoh said.

On appointments, the CAN leader noted that the trajectory which the present administration had set from the onset to provide all-inclusive governance is worthy of commendation.

He said, “The national balance seen in the recent appointment of Service Chiefs is heart-warming and re-assuring that every segment of the Nigerian society is critical and important in the Nigerian project. The CAN therefore commends the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for showing commitment towards building a united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria.”

He also urged the government to engage with critical stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue to explore sustainable solutions to the current situation, including developing comprehensive economic policies that promote inclusive growth, job creation, and social well-being.

“Government should take measures to reduce the price of fuel. Such measures should include removal of unnecessary levies and taxes on imported petroleum products, the stabilization of the foreign exchange market and putting back our local refineries to functional and effective use.

“We appeal to Nigerians for more patience while urging government to take urgent steps to ameliorate their sufferings. Let us work together to build an economy that is inclusive, resilient, and offers opportunities for every Nigerian to thrive,” Okoh said.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:39:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
Benin Republic Slams CFA 2M On Nigeria Cargoes In Retaliation For Border Closure https://belimedia.com.ng/benin-republic-slams-cfa-2m-on-nigeria-cargoes-in-retaliation-for-border-closure https://belimedia.com.ng/benin-republic-slams-cfa-2m-on-nigeria-cargoes-in-retaliation-for-border-closure Importers have lamented the high charges slammed on Nigerian-bound transit cargoes by the government of Benin Republic, making it impossible for them to bring in transit cargoes through the Seme land borders.

Nigeria currently pays about CFA2.2m as charges on 40ft transit containers, as against CFA500,000 paid by other neighbouring countries to move the same consignment out of their port.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that cargo importation through Seme border has dropped by 23.09 percent in the first quarter of 2023 as a result of the retaliatory policies introduced by the government of Benin Republic on Nigeria bound import and export cargoes.

Also, export trade in the first quarter of 2023 compared to Q1 2022 dropped by 75,000 metric tonnes.

It was gathered that the drop in the period under review was due to Benin Republic anti-trade policies targeted at Nigeria in retaliation for border closure by former President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2019.

Data seen by this paper showed that trade between the two countries had dipped by 23.09% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to 2022 Q1.

For instance, the Customs command generated a total of N350 million in revenue from imports in Q1 2023 which signified a dip of N150.1 million shortfall as against N455 million realised in 2022.

On export trade, in Q1 2023, the command experienced a shortfall to the tune of 75,000 metric tonnes of cargo.

The command facilitated 1,243 trucks bearing 40,096.47 metric with free on-board value of N4.3 billion and the National Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) fee of N21.5 million in first quarter of 2023

But in the first quarter of 2022, 3006 trucks bearing 116,053.9 metric tonnes of cargo with FOB value of N6.5 billion with NESS fees of N33 million was recorded.

Immediate past president of Nigeria, Buhari, had shut down the land border with neighboring countries, Benin Republic, Chad and Niger over insecurity, smuggling and for food security.

Following the border closure, Benin Republic slammed retaliatory charges on Nigerian-bound transit cargoes making it impossible for Nigerian importers to bring in transit cargoes through the Seme land borders.

Also, the country slammed high charges on Nigeria bound ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) cargoes, thereby making intra African trade expensive and breaching the trade protocol of the Economic State of West African States (ECOWAS) trade scheme.

Confirming the development, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Seme Border Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Dera Nnadi, said the economic policy of the Republic of Benin that charges on goods in transit to Nigeria constitute tariff barriers to trade along the corridor, which also affected the command’s revenue.

Also speaking with LEADERSHIP Weekend, the former chairman, Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Lasisi Fanu, said shortfall of cargoes was as a result of the retaliatory policies introduced on Nigeria import and export bound cargoes by the government of Benin Republic.

He said charges on 40ft transit containers is about CFA2.2m as against CFA500,000 paid by other neighbouring countries to move the same consignment out of their port.

According to him, the government of Benin Republic calls the payment administrative charge, but it is definitely not so.

“Third party goods are also known as transit cargoes and they originate from South Korea, China, London among others, but those containers are not coming anymore and even if they come, it may be once in month. The only goods coming into Nigeria through Seme border now are ETLS. The 3rd party goods are not coming anymore because of the charges we pay in Cotonou.

“For instance, Nigerians pay between CFA2m to CFA2.2m in Cotonou. If we come to Seme border, we pay normal duty for Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) before containers can come into Nigeria and it’s the same Pre Arrival Assessment Results (PAAR) for Cotonou that will be used in Nigeria,” Fanu said.

“With this, we are paying twice on a 40ft container and when we add logistics, that is much because the administrative charges we pay in Cotonou is too much and that is why the 3rd party goods are not coming through Seme border for now except for ETLS,’’ the foremost clearing agent stated.

Fanu also stated that the ETLS cargoes coming into the country have reduced due to the high charges slammed on it by the same Cotonou government.

He, however, called on the Nigerian government to engage the Benin Republic government on the high administrative charges on cargoes slammed on Nigeria-bound transit cargoes.

“The ETLS that is coming is 25 percent. Activities at the border before and now, definitely everyone knows that there is a difference. The terminal for transit containers is empty and the main reason is extra money we pay in Cotonou. They call it administrative charge but we call it Customs duty because it is exorbitant.

“If it’s administrative charge as they claim, it shouldn’t be more than 500,000CFA for 40ft because the cargoes are not used in Cotonou but just passing through their country. They said since we have ports in Nigeria we use them. But they don’t give neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Niger these same exorbitant charges. Niger Republic doesn’t pay the same amount of money they charge Nigeria. Land locked Niger Republic pay between CFA500,000 to CFA600,000 for 40ft but they charge us CFA2.2m.”

On the way forward, he said, “For the cargoes to come in, Benin Republic should adhere to ECOWAS protocol agreement that consignment not used in their country should not be charged Customs duty but administrative charges because the customs duty is to be paid to Customs at its point of entry.

Also speaking, the chairman, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (ARFFN), Seme border, Innocent Elum, said activities are yet to fully return to the land borders after the reopening of the border by the federal government.

He also complained about high administrative charges on Nigerian-bound transit cargoes from Benin Republic.

According to Elum, devaluation of naira also made importation through the land borders unattractive.

He said, “Seme remains as it were since the borders were closed and later re-opened. The policies of government affecting importation of goods through the land borders are still being enforced. So, the containers are not yet coming unless on a skeletal basis and only some people who can finance the clearing of their goods, no matter how costly they are, that now come through the land borders.”

“The exchange rate is also another challenge. Our money is being devalued by so much naira pursuing the CFA. Those are the problems basically between Benin Republic and Nigeria. What is obtainable is not supposed to be full duty payment because it is for transit cargoes. What should be paid by Nigerians making use of their port is administrative charges but because the government of Benin Republic don’t want to enforce the ECOWAS treaty, we pay higher and that makes the corridor unattractive for transit Cargoes.

“But ECOWAS treaty is being followed for other countries. While Nigeria pays full duty of CFA2m on transit cargoes, other West African countries pay administrative charges between CFA200 to CFA300 on a 20ft container of goods.”

He, however, disclosed that all pleas from the clearing agents to the Beninois government have proved abortive with no hope of a change of trade policies.

“We have engaged the government of Benin Republic and received no response. At a point, there was hope but they never changed and the situation continued. We hope this new government will come and engage with them because we believe that the Benin Republic government under President Talon is reacting to the border closure by the outgone government. We hope the new government will take it up and discuss with them to see how things can improve.”

Meanwhile, clearing agents have disclosed that multiple checkpoints by security operatives at the border are hampering transborder trade.

Tony Akabueze, who operates at the Seme border, stated that there are about 100 checkpoints from the Seme border at (J5 around the border Back gate) to Gbaji Bridge.

He also informed that from the Gbaji Bridge/Iyafin axis there are no fewer than 30 checkpoints on both sides of the road before you get to Badagry roundabout.

Akabueze specifically confirmed the presence of a new Police checkpoint inwards the border, alleging that the additional checkpoints mounted by the Customs, Army and Police are basically for extortion and not to checkmate smuggling.

He said, “It is not only Customs that create these additional checkpoints. Like the one we just passed now has the presence of Soldiers, Police, Border patrol and Customs. Concerning the issue of checkpoints mitigating smuggling activities, I would say this is Nigeria and we know that people who man the checkpoints are just pretending.

“Ostensibly it is to checkmate smuggling activities but the reality is that they are just working for themselves. So, I wouldn’t say the multiple checkpoints are mitigating smuggling activities because of course smuggling activities go on in the night unhindered here at Seme and that is the truth.”

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:36:45 +0100 Jan Bulo
Anthrax Cannot Be Killed By Boiling Your Meat & Dr Obi Ogar Warns Nigerians https://belimedia.com.ng/anthrax-cannot-be-killed-by-boiling-your-meat-dr-obi-ogar-warns-nigerians https://belimedia.com.ng/anthrax-cannot-be-killed-by-boiling-your-meat-dr-obi-ogar-warns-nigerians Dr Obi Ogar, Director, Veterinary Services, Cross River Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has disclosed that well boiled meat does not prevent one from contracting anthrax after consumption.

Ogar said this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar..

He was reacting to claims in some quarters that boiling meat properly could kill the pathogen that causes anthrax.

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial and zoonotic disease caused by a bacterium called bacillus anthracis. It also occurs primarily in cattle, sheep, goats and could affect other animals.

He said the bacterium could only be destroyed using heat through the process of incineration, which will burn the substance to ashes.

He said while disposing of an animal that dies of anthrax, it should be done in a very deep grave after which disinfectant and chemical should be poured on the carcass before covering to prevent any escape.

“This organism is not killed by the heat from our kitchens but from incineration, thereby burning the substance to ashes which renders the meat of no use to the owner,” he said.

Ogar said the public should desist from eating bush meat for the time being because the disease is zoonotic and could also affect animals in the wild.

He advised Nigerians to buy their meat from approved meat markets and not from roadsides because no one could guarantee where they get their meat from.

Few weeks ago, anthrax was reported in some neighboring West African countries and just last week, it was reported in Suleja, Niger State, Nigeria.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:30:55 +0100 Jan Bulo
LP: We Regret Making Peter Obi Our Presidential Candidate – Apapa&faction https://belimedia.com.ng/lp-we-regret-making-peter-obi-our-presidential-candidate-apapa-faction https://belimedia.com.ng/lp-we-regret-making-peter-obi-our-presidential-candidate-apapa-faction The factional National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party, led by Lamidi Apapa, has extended felicitations to Peter Obi, the party’s flag bearer, on the occasion of his 62nd birthday. However, in a surprising turn of events, the NWC expressed regret for fielding Obi as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

According to the faction, Peter Obi, instead of representing the varied interests within the party, chose to align with a specific faction. In a statement issued by Comrade Abayomi Arabambi, the Suspended National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, the NWC urged Obi to reflect on becoming a statesman who represents the collective interests of Nigerians rather than being seen as a regional bigot.

The statement highlighted that while celebrating Obi’s birthday, the party expects him to contemplate the significance of his role as a statesman and the responsibilities it entails. The faction emphasized that his popularity was derived from the love people have for the Labour Party and the representation he provided to the citizens.

However, the faction expressed concerns about recent developments, citing actions that undermined the discipline for which the Labour Party is known. They pointed out instances where Obi went to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal as a non-member of the party and relied on a “non-party agent” to defend his alleged stolen mandate, which they found regrettable and laughable.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party (LP) felicitates with its popular presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, on his 62nd anniversary.

“In wishing him well, we want him to state that we regret fielding him on the platform of the party, in the light of recent development particularly actions that undermined the discipline the Labour party has been known for.

“The Lamidi Apapa-led National Working Committee of the Party hereby charges the celebrant to, on this occasion of thanksgiving to God, to be reflective of the Nigerian interest, which he seeks to serve.

“It is indeed worrisome that even though he went to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal as a non-member of the Labour Party and lied severally that there was a time they issued subpoena to INEC for all those document and maintained that they, they were unable to pay all the documents they seek to tender, kicks regret in our party stakeholders.”

In conclusion, the faction wished Peter Obi well on his 62nd birthday but stated their regret for fielding him as their presidential candidate and asserted that such a decision would not be repeated in the future. They hoped that this occasion would serve as an opportunity for Obi to reflect on becoming a better Nigerian, transcending ethnic divisions, and embracing a more inclusive approach to governance.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 18:27:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
London Judge Orders Confiscation Of $130M From Ex&governor Ibori https://belimedia.com.ng/london-judge-orders-confiscation-of-130m-from-ex-governor-ibori https://belimedia.com.ng/london-judge-orders-confiscation-of-130m-from-ex-governor-ibori Britain will seek to confiscate 101.5 million pounds ($130 million) from James Ibori, a former Nigerian state governor who abused his office to get rich and laundered millions in Britain and elsewhere, under a court order issued in London on Friday.

Ibori, who is in Nigeria, said he would appeal against the confiscation order, one of the largest imposed on an individual in recent British legal history.

"The next steps will be to take my fight for justice to the highest courts in the UK," he said in a statement.

Ibori was governor of oil-producing Delta State from 1999 to 2007 and was extradited from Dubai to Britain in 2011. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering and received a 13-year jail sentence of which he served half, as is standard.

The case was hailed as a landmark in the fight against corruption in Britain, a global money-laundering hub, and in Nigeria, where self-enrichment by the ruling elite has been one of the main factors holding back development for decades.

Judge David Tomlinson, delivering the confiscation order at Southwark Crown Court, said Ibori should pay the sum immediately or face an eight-year jail sentence.

Spokespersons for Nigerian President Bola Tinubu did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether the Nigerian government would cooperate with the British authorities in enforcing the confiscation order.

Ibori remains well-connected in Nigeria. Tinubu, who took office in May, has hosted him twice at the presidential villa, along with other former governors. Ibori frequently mingles with the ruling elite, and has influence on Delta State politics.

The confiscation process took over a decade after Ibori's conviction because of lengthy court delays and legal wrangling in London.

"The long and tortuous road to reach this point shows just how tough it is to recover the proceeds of corruption in the UK," said Helen Taylor, Senior Legal Researcher at campaign group Spotlight on Corruption.

"To ensure justice delayed doesn’t mean justice denied for the Nigerian people, it’s essential that the UK now makes every effort to ensure the speedy return of this stolen loot to benefit the victims of Ibori’s corruption in Delta State," she said.

Britain has pledged to return any funds recovered from Ibori to Nigeria. In 2021, it returned 4.2 million pounds that had been confiscated from Ibori's ex-wife and his sister, who also served jail time for helping him.

($1 = 0.7788 pounds)

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:30:35 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigeria Maintains Largest African Economy For Fifth Year In A Row https://belimedia.com.ng/nigeria-maintains-largest-african-economy-for-fifth-year-in-a-row https://belimedia.com.ng/nigeria-maintains-largest-african-economy-for-fifth-year-in-a-row Nigeria maintains largest African economy for fifth year in a row as Egypt catches up

Nigeria remains the largest African economy with a nominal GDP of $477.4 billion.

The top three economies accounted for 49.5% of the African continent’s economy.

Angola recorded the fastest growth, while Zimbabwe contracted the most.

Egypt is catching up with Nigeria with a GDP of $476.7 billion.

Nigeria maintained the position of the largest economy on the African continent for the fifth consecutive year in 2022, with a nominal GDP of $477.4 billion.

The giant of Africa, as it is mostly referred to, accounted for 17.4% of the African economy in the review year ($2.7 trillion).

This is according to data released by the World Bank. Nigeria has topped this list since 2018 when it overtook South Africa as the largest African economy.

According to the World Bank, Nigeria’s economy grew by 8.3% year over year in 2022 from $440.8 billion recorded in the previous year.

Egypt followed with a GDP estimate of $476.7 billion, having recorded a 12.3% growth in its GDP from $424.7 billion in 2021. In third position was South Africa with an estimate of $405.9 billion.

It is worth noting that the top three economies on the continent account for almost half of the continent’s economy (49.5%).

Other countries that made the list of the top 10 largest economies in Africa include Algeria ($191.9 billion), Ethiopia ($126.8 billion), Kenya ($113.4 billion), Angola ($106.7 billion), Tanzania ($75.7 billion), Ghana ($72.8 billion), and Cote d’Ivoire ($70 billion).

Egypt is however catching up with Nigeria on the list of largest economies on the African continent after the northeastern country expanded by 12.3% to $476.7 billion, almost levelling with Nigeria.

Egypt surpassed South Africa in 2020 as the second-largest African economy and has remained in that position to date.

Fastest growing economies

On the list of fastest-growing economies on the African continent, Angola topped the list with a growth rate of 62.5%. Specifically, the GDP of the central African country increased from $65.7 billion recorded in 2021 to $106.7 billion in 2022.

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the growth was spurred by sustained high oil prices, which averaged $100.65/barrel in 2022.

Sudan followed with a growth rate of 50.9% as GDP grew from $34.2 billion to $51.7 billion in the review year. Zambia recorded a growth rate of 34.5% to stand in third position, while Guinea was the fourth fastest growing with a nominal growth rate of 31.9%. Seychelles grew by 23.4% to $1.59 billion in 2022.

On the flip side, Zimbabwe recorded the highest contraction of 27.1% as its nominal GDP dropped from $28.4 billion to $20.7 billion. Ghana followed with an 8% contraction, while the GDP of Sierra Leone dipped by 6.6% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the continent’s economy expanded by 3.8% to $2.7 trillion from $2.5 trillion recorded in the previous year, despite different headwinds, which impact most economies on the continent, ranging from high inflationary pressure, fiscal deficit, and high debt amongst others.

What they are saying

The African Development Bank has said that Africa is poised to become the second-fastest growing region globally in 2023, following Asia, underscoring the resilience of its economy in the face of numerous global shocks.

However, the attainment of this projected growth hinges on both global circumstances and Africa’s capacity to enhance its economic resilience, as indicated by the 2023 African Economic Outlook report by the African Development Bank.

The report, unveiled by the regional bank, predicts that Africa will strengthen its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to a 4.3% increase in GDP growth in 2024, up from 3.8% in 2022. It further highlights that 22 countries are expected to achieve growth rates exceeding 5%.

It, however, recommended robust policy actions, including incentivizing green industries, and providing guarantees at scale to de-risk private sector investments in managing natural capital across the continent.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:29:00 +0100 Jan Bulo
Federal Government Increases Unity Schools’ Fees From ₦45,000 To ₦100,000 https://belimedia.com.ng/federal-government-increases-unity-schools-fees-from-45000-to-100000 https://belimedia.com.ng/federal-government-increases-unity-schools-fees-from-45000-to-100000 The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education has increased the school fees of new students into Federal Government Colleges otherwise known as Federal Unity Colleges to ₦100,000.

This was contained in a directive from the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education, reference number ADF/120/DSSE/I, dated 25th May, 2023, and addressed to all Principals of Federal Unity Colleges.

According to the circular entitled, “Approved fees/ charges for Federal Unity Colleges (1st Term) for new students“, signed by the Director of Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, new students are expected to part with ₦100,000 instead of the previous N45,000.

“The latest fees/charge increment will affect virtually all aspects and activities of the school, including tuition and boarding fees, uniform, text books, deposit, exercise books, prospectus, caution fee, ID card, stationery, clubs and societies, sports, extra lesson, insurance, et al.

“Please be informed that the ministry has approved only the underlisted fees and charges for all Unity Colleges,” the memo read.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:25:35 +0100 Jan Bulo
Man Kills Girlfriend For Burning His Rice In Cross River https://belimedia.com.ng/man-kills-girlfriend-for-burning-his-rice-in-cross-river https://belimedia.com.ng/man-kills-girlfriend-for-burning-his-rice-in-cross-river …as police parades ex-convict, 2 PHCN staff, 17 others for sundry crime.

A 54-year-old murder suspect, Mr Nkeruewen Etuk, who allegedly beat his girlfriend to death few days ago has revealed that he did that because the lady carelessly burnt his food (rice) and almost set their apartment ablaze.

The suspect made the revelation on Friday when he was paraded by the Cross River State Police Command alongside 18 others, including an ex-convict and two PHCN staff

.Etuk, who spoke with Vanguard, said that he never intended to kill his girlfriend identified as Miss. Esther Ndereke, but carried out the dastardly act out of anger.

He said, “I became increasingly outraged by her failure to cook rice properly, which became a major point of contention between us, she almost burnt down the house while cooking, and didn’t add enough water before turning on the gas and she almost burnt down the house.

“When I asked her why she behaved that way that was when we started arguing then I beat her up, I never intended to kill her, I've never had any serious issue with her for the past two years that we have been dating.

“Unfortunately, our altercation escalated, resulting in her tragic demise after she slumped during the fight, it was never my plan to kill her, I was only angry because she was careless and almost burnt down someone’s house,” Etuk said.

In a press briefing on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police. CP Gyogon Grimah expressed gratitude to the media for their continuous support.

He encouraged the residents of Cross River state to speak out against crime and not remain silent.

Speaking further, CP Gyogon Grimah disclosed that 19 suspects have been apprehended within the period under review for various crimes including Kidnapping, murder, vandalism, armed robbery amongst others.

According to him, 12 suspects were arrested for armed robbery, attempted murder and Cultism, while two others were apprehended for vandalising PHEDC power line, with five other suspects arrested for burglary and Cultism.

His words, ”we have resolved to take the fight against criminality to all the nooks and crannies of the state. I want to clearly state that violence , lawlessness or self help cannot proffer solution in any enlightened society rather seeking legal redress in settling disputes is more profitable.

“Let’s join hands with Police and other security agencies to fight these criminal elements who are determined to cause panic or breach of peace not minding the implications of their actions, lets always adopt the whistle blowing policy and speak out,” CP Grimah appealed.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:21:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
Man Attempting To Steal Underground Cable Shot At Lagos Airport https://belimedia.com.ng/man-attempting-to-steal-underground-cable-shot-at-lagos-airport https://belimedia.com.ng/man-attempting-to-steal-underground-cable-shot-at-lagos-airport Suspected thieves were caught attempting to steal underground armoured cable serving the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, on Friday.

The suspect were sighted around the airport perimeter fence area by the Nigeria Airforce guards on duty as they dug the underground cable belonging to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

But they reportedly took to their heels on sighting the NAF guards while one of them was shot in the arms before he was arrested.

The development comes two weeks after some airfield lighting cables were stolen at the runway of the MMIA’s international wing.

The airport has in recent times recorded security breaches with unauthorised persons accessing the airport through the perimeter fence areas, prompting a series of security measures by the authorities.

Director Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua who confirmed the arrest stated that on sighting the guards, they took to their heels.

He stated that one of the guards however opened fire on them and hit one of the suspects identified as Usman Musa.

28-year old Musa who is a native of Adamawa State and residing at Ijora sustained gunshot wounds and was subsequently arrested and taken to 661NAF Hospital Ikeja.

The FAAN spokesman said the suspect is presently receiving treatment at General Hospital, Oyingbo, while his other accomplices escaped.

He said, “Usman Musa will be properly interrogated after he has stabilised. The Authority believes that this incident could be a relevant clue to unravelling the theft of the Runway Lighting at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.”

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:14:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
Cameroon FA President, Eto'o Fils Accused Of Match&fixing in 'viral recordings https://belimedia.com.ng/cameroon-fa-president-etoo-fils-accused-of-match-fixing-in-viral-recordings https://belimedia.com.ng/cameroon-fa-president-etoo-fils-accused-of-match-fixing-in-viral-recordings Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o has been accused of match-fixing in Cameroon.

According to Camfoot, Eto'o, who is the president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot), allegedly promised to promote second division club Victoria United by manipulating matches.

Victoria United ended up getting promoted, with the federation ruling that the previous season's runner-up Stade de Bertoua was ineligible.

Recordings reportedly emerged in which Eto'o told Victoria's president Valentine Gwain, that he would help the team get promoted by manipulating referees.

Eto'o said: 'There are things we can do, but you have to be very discreet, brother. 

'I haven't even had time to get home yet. I'm out, bro. I haven't had time to get home and work with the president (of the Cameroonian referee's association) because I can't call the refs directly and tell them to be careful. But I can work with the president.'

The conversation is said to have happened after Victoria lost 1-0 in December 2022, with Gwain interrupting the game to complain about the officiating.

Eto'o was reportedly heard saying: 'Opopo (Victoria United's nickname) must go up to the first division. This is our goal (…) This is our Federation. Victoria United will go up.

'Stay calm, we will grant you the three points and we suspend the referee. But let me at least go back to Cameroon. He arrived on the 3rd (January) at night. So we'll see you in the office on the 4th. Anyway, I'm going to rule out and disqualify this referee'.

Eto'o went on to explain the importance of having a good relationship with the president of the league.

He said: 'He has the power. From there, he with his commissions will be able to suspend even the president of the referees.

'Our club, Opopo, must go up to the first division, that is our objective.'

Eto'o, who also played for Inter Milan and Chelsea, scored 56 goals in 114 caps for Cameroon.

He was elected as the president of Fecafoot in December 2021.

Mail Sport have reached out to Eto'o and the Cameroonian FA for comment. The story has also been reported by Mundo Deportivo and L'Equipe.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:12:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
Leak Confidential Information, Risk Dismissal, EFCC Chair Tells Staff https://belimedia.com.ng/leak-confidential-information-risk-dismissal-efcc-chair-tells-staff https://belimedia.com.ng/leak-confidential-information-risk-dismissal-efcc-chair-tells-staff The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulkarim Chukkol, has threatened to decisively deal with any of its staff who leak confidential information.

According to him, the staff members take an oath of secrecy during the process of getting the job, stressing that anyone found culpable would be dismissed.

Chukkol stated this at EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja on Friday during the passing-out ceremony of the EFCC Detective Superintendent Course 9.

He said no fewer than 318 cadets participated in the course, adding that they would be absorbed into the commission.

Chukkol said the step was taken to boost the manpower of the commission to fight growing graft in the country to a standstill

He said, “Today, we are witnessing the passing-out of a crop of cadets who 12 months ago, were carefully selected out of thousands of applicants.

“You have all been sworn to the oaths of allegiance and secrecy to be loyal to the nation and the EFCC as well as treat in strict confidence any information that comes to your knowledge in the course of carrying out your duty.

“Any act of corruption, disloyalty, disobedience to constituted authority, and insubordination will be decisively dealt with and the defaulters are shown the exit door.”

He lamented the growing spate of corruption in both public and private sectors, insisting that operatives of the commission would put up a fierce battle through enforcement.

Chukkol said, “The EFCC as you know, is championing the fight against these unwholesome acts being perpetrated by unscrupulous persons whose aim is gaining illicit wealth at the expense of the safety and security of the generality of the public and the image of our dear nation.

“Trends in economic and financial crimes keep evolving and the EFCC must continue to put up a fierce battle against them by prevention through sensitisation and enforcement to serve as deterrence.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary to the Commission, George Ekpungu urged the graduands to uphold the highest levels of integrity and honesty and exhibit appreciable standards of decorum wherever they find themselves.

“We are EFCC, we uphold integrity, honesty, and the highest standards. What you are witnessing today, a lot of people sacrificed so many things. You must above all, operate in integrity. I am saying this today because I am the Chairman of the Appointment, Promotion, and Discipline Committee.

“If you do compromise your office, you will be sent back home to your parents. So parents caution your children on illegalities and avoid putting them under unnecessary pressure,” he said.

Earlier, the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, Ayo Olowoniyi called on the cadets to be guided by the truth wherever they go.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:08:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tinubu May Appoint Ahmed Raji As Attorney General On Cjn’s Recommendation, Group https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-may-appoint-ahmed-raji-as-attorney-general-on-cjns-recommendation-group https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-may-appoint-ahmed-raji-as-attorney-general-on-cjns-recommendation-group A group, the Patriots Forum has alerted of the plot to compromise the outcome of the work of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

The media has been awash of a plot to force the resignations of some members of the PEPC to pave the way for the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led PEPC hearing the petitions of Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Peter Obi and the Allied Progressive Movement (APM). The parties have since closed their cases and are currently filing their final written addresses ahead of the judgement of the court.

However, to compromise the eventual outcome of the process, Mr. Ahmed Raji may have been tapped as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

According to the group, the reported conversation between Tinubu and Ariwoola may have yielded fruits and may have far-reaching consequences on the outcome of the work of PEPC, the judiciary, and democracy in Nigeria.

“We need to alert Nigerians to the incestuous affair between President Tinubu and the serving Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola that may birth Ahmed Raji as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. This followed the request made to Ariwoola by Tinubu for him to nominate an AGF for his administration.

“If the CJN who has the responsibility of empanelling the Supreme Court panel to hear the petitions of Atiku, Obi and APM against the election of Tinubu is the same person tapping an AGF for him, we can only use our tongues to count our teeth as to its implications for the outcome of the work of Presidential Election Petition Court. It is, to say the least, an ill-conceived move to destroy the fabrics of our judiciary, compromise our democracy and destabilise our country.”

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Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:05:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kaduna State Government Alerts the Public on the Outbreak of Diphtheria Disease in Kafanchan, Kaduna State https://belimedia.com.ng/kdsg-alerts-public https://belimedia.com.ng/kdsg-alerts-public Governor Sani Directs Ministry of Health to Send Emergency Team to Investigate Cases and Take Immediate Action 

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Thursday 20th July 2023 confirmed cases of the diphtheria disease in some communities in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area. This confirmation comes after several reports were made about residents in Takau Ward, Kafanchan A and Kafanchan B wards, exhibiting symptoms listed as difficulty in breathing, high fever, cough, general body weakness, sore throat, and neck swelling.

Upon learning about the unfortunate loss of lives in the affected communities, His Excellency Senator Uba Sani, Governor of Kaduna State immediately directed the Kaduna State Ministry of Health to send an emergency team to investigate these cases. A preliminary report from the Ministry revealed that the outbreak of diphtheria in Kafanchan had its first recorded case in the beginning of July, 2023.

Governor Sani, while commending the health officials for their prompt response to the health emergency, urged them to continue to carry out their tasks diligently to ensure that the disease is contained and subsequently eradicated.

Actions taken by the Ministry so far include the movement of affected cases to adequately equipped hospitals for proper management, active case searches, contact tracing and intensive community sensitization in all affected communities and surrounding areas.

In line with these efforts, residents of Kaduna State are advised to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease and protect our communities. Residents should ensure that they:

-Wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.

- Stay home from work or school if they are sick.

- Stay active and walk everyday to boost immunity

-Report any suspected cases of diphtheria in their surrounding commu

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Fri, 21 Jul 2023 07:56:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Nigeria's External Reserves fall to lowest level in two years https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerias-external-reserves-fall-to-lowest-level https://belimedia.com.ng/nigerias-external-reserves-fall-to-lowest-level Nigeria’s external reserves fell to $33.9 billion on Wednesday, July 19th, 2023 its lowest level in two years.

This is according to data from the central bank obtained from its website. The apex bank regularly updates its external reserves data.

The last time the external reserve touched this level was in July/August 2021.

The country’s external reserve position has been on a downward trend in the last few months as demand pressure for forex spiked amidst lower forex earnings.

This is despite the introduction of the revised I&E Window on the 14th of July 2023.

 

The external reserve was $35 billion when Tinubu was sworn in as president and $34.6 billion on July 13th, the eve of the changes to the forex policy.

However, a lack of forex supply amidst foreign investment apathy appears to have exacerbated the decline in external reserves.

Why the drop?

Nigeria has been struggling with lower foreign exchange earnings over a reduction in crude oil revenues. The country blames the lower oil revenues on crude oil theft.

In addition, a lack of foreign investor inflow due to lower interest rates has also been a drawback in the current government’s quest to reverse the trend.

Apart from calls for a unified exchange rate which have since been acceded to, foreign investors also have issues with the country’s growing debt and its fiscal crisis.

Meanwhile, the exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar closed at N768.16 per dollar at the official Investor and Exporters window on Thursday, 20th July 2023. 

The official exchange rate opened at N787.13/$1 but reached a high of N844/$1 during intraday trading and a low of N700 per dollar. 

The naira also weakened significantly against the US dollar at the parallel market on Thursday, closing at N860/$1.

Why this matters: External reserves play a crucial role in maintaining the stability of a country’s currency.

They provide a buffer to support the value of the domestic currency and ensure its convertibility.

With lower reserves, the naira may come under increased pressure, leading to potential depreciation.

A weaker currency can have adverse effects on various sectors, including imports, inflation, and investor confidence.

Nigeria heavily relies on imports for various goods and services, including critical sectors like energy, machinery, and consumer goods.

Adequate external reserves are essential to ensure a steady supply of foreign exchange (forex) to meet import demands.

However, the declining reserves indicate a potential scarcity of forex, which can lead to challenges in accessing essential imports and hinder economic activities.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2023 07:25:51 +0100 Jan Bulo
PSC, APPOINTS 2 DIGS, PROMOTES FORCE PRO, 14,052 INSPECTORS, CONFIRMS 9,016 ASP https://belimedia.com.ng/psc-makes-new-changes https://belimedia.com.ng/psc-makes-new-changes PSC, APPOINTS 2 DIGS, PROMOTES FORCE PRO, 14,052 INSPECTORS, CONFIRMS 9,016 ASP

The police service commission has approved the appointment of AIG Matthew Akinyosola and AIG Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, as DIGs representing the South-West geopolitical zone in the force management team.

A statement by the commission said AIG Mathew Akinyosola has since proceeded on retirement, there by paving the way for AIG Abiodun Sylvester as the current DIG representing the South West.

The commission also approved the promotion of Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi to the next rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Confirmed 9,016 unconfirmed Assistant Superintendents of Police, and the promotion of 14,052 Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police (Unconfirmed) including the promotion of Inspector Habila Bulus to ASP 11 for his gallantry and commitment to duty. similarly, the police Inspector who was assaulted by seun Kuti on uniform was was also promoted to the next rank of ASP 1. 

The Commission noted that inspite of the unwarranted provocation, intimidation and assult, the officer exhibited a high level of professionalism, restraint and chose to follow the due process of law in seeking redress.

Meanwhile, chairman of the commission Dr Solomon Arase charged the newly promoted Officers to see their promotion as a call to greater commitment to the service of their fatherland.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2023 06:42:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Niger State Governor, Bago Meets AIG, Zone 7 https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-meets-aig https://belimedia.com.ng/bago-meets-aig Niger State Governor Rt. Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago has met with the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Adebowale Williams Zone 7 Headquarters Abuja and the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, CP Ayodeji Ogundele at the Niger State Lodge, Abuja.

The closed-door meeting was to establish a positive working relationship and discuss matters related to law enforcement priorities, security challenges and other issues pertinent to the state. 

The meeting also provided an opportunity for the Governor and the AIG to familiarize themselves with the local enforcement landscape and consequently establish contact with the state government for future coordination and collaboration.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2023 06:30:35 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu Approves Estbalishment Of Infrastructure Support Funds For States https://belimedia.com.ng/president-tinubu-approves-estbalishment-of-infrastructure-support-funds-for-states https://belimedia.com.ng/president-tinubu-approves-estbalishment-of-infrastructure-support-funds-for-states President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the establishment of Infrastructure Support Fund (ISF) for the 36 States of the Federation as part of measures to cushion the effects of the petrol subsidy removal on the people. 

The approval was disclosed at the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), on Thursday July 20, 2023, in Abuja.

The new Infrastructure Fund will enable the States to intervene and invest in the critical areas of Transportation, including farm to market road improvements; Agriculture, encompassing livestock and ranching solutions; Health, with a focus on basic healthcare; Education, especially basic education; Power and Water Resources, that will improve economic competitiveness, create jobs and deliver economic prosperity for Nigerians.

The Committee also resolved to save a portion of the monthly distributable proceeds to minimize the impact of the increased revenues-occasioned by the subsidy removal and exchange rate unification-on money supply, as well as inflation and the exchange rate.

Out of the June 2023 distributable revenue of 1.9 trillion Naira, only N907 billion will be distributed among the three tiers of government, while 790 billion will be saved, and the rest will be used for statutory deductions.

These savings will complement the efforts of the Infrastructure Support Fund (ISF) and other existing and planned fiscal measures, all aimed at ensuring that the subsidy removal translates into tangible improvements in the lives and living standards of Nigerians.

The Committee commends President Tinubu for the bold decision to remove the petrol subsidy, and even more importantly, for providing necessary support to the States to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal on Nigerians.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2023 06:19:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
'We rise by lifting others' & Afrobeat Star, Davido Donates ₦237 Million To Less Privileged In 424 Orphanages Across The Country https://belimedia.com.ng/davido-donates-₦237m https://belimedia.com.ng/davido-donates-₦237m Nigerian afrobeat superstar, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has announced a whopping sum of ₦237 million donation to the less privileged in 424 orphanages across the country.

In a tweet via his official Twitter handle on Thursday, Davido posted: 

“I’ve always wanted to use my platform to serve others. Thankful that through your generousity, I’ve been able to do so.”

“We recently disbursed over N200m to several orphanages in Nigeria, a tradition that started a few years ago around my birthday. Thank you to everyone who donated. With your help, we are changing lives.”

“This is what I mean when I say We rise by lifting others. These are words in action. God bless you all!” -He said

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 18:56:04 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: FG Announces Key Measures To Curb Effects Of Fuel Subsidy Removal https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-announces-subsidy-removal-measures https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-announces-subsidy-removal-measures The Federal Government of Nigeria via the National Economic Council Meeting chaired by the Vice President of Nigeria, Sen. Kashim Shettima on Thursday revealed key measures that'll aid in curbing the effects of subsidy removal across the nation.

The National Economic Council meeting was attended by 36 state Governors including the DG, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, stakeholders from World Bank and other agencies of government held at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja

Below are the resolutions made today at the National Economic Council:

1. Negotiate a new minimum wage for workers. 

2. Each state should plan towards implementing a cash transfer programme based on the social register of the state.

3. Cash Award Policy for public servants for 6 months. 

4. State Governments to pay public servants outstanding liabilities. 

5. Govt should begin to fund MSME with single digit interest rates.

6. Immediate implementation of the energy transition plan which means transiting from fossil fuels vehicles to CNG.

More details later...

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 18:36:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
Fuel Purchase Reduced By 50 Per Cent, Reduce Pump Price – IPMAN Begs Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/fuel-purchase-reduced-by-50-per-cent-reduce-pump-price-ipman-begs-tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/fuel-purchase-reduced-by-50-per-cent-reduce-pump-price-ipman-begs-tinubu The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has said the purchase of fuel has reduced by 50 percent.

IPMAN’s Chairman in Enugu depot, Chinedu Anyaso, blamed the reduction on the hike of the pump price of fuel.

Lamenting that the negative situation has affected marketers, Anyaso urged the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal government to reduce the pump price of fuel.

NAN reports that he warned that most marketers might shut down, a situation that may lead to the collapse of the downstream sector.

According to Anyaso: “Marketers are facing an existential challenge due to low profits as a result of reduced sales affecting their abilities to meet their operational costs and obligations with banks.

“Marketers are worse affected by this policy of subsidy removal, profitability has reduced because average sales have reduced by about 50 per cent.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to save downstream operations from collapsing by working on reduction in pump prices.”

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 16:00:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu Mourns The Demise Of Professor Kole Omotoso https://belimedia.com.ng/Tinubu-mourns-prof-kole https://belimedia.com.ng/Tinubu-mourns-prof-kole President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed sadness over the passing of celebrated writer, author and literary scholar, Professor Kole Omotoso, saying his demise is a big loss to Nigeria, Africa and the literary world.

Prof. Omotoso died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday at 80.

President Tinubu described the well-known Prof. Omotoso as a literary giant that is reputed for his commitment and dedication to the socio-political reappraisal of Africa. 

He equally noted that respect for human dignity was evident in most of the thought-provoking works of the late Professor.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 15:54:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
Yorubas Are Not Our Problem & Benjamin Kalu https://belimedia.com.ng/yorubas-are-not-our-problem-benjamin-kalu https://belimedia.com.ng/yorubas-are-not-our-problem-benjamin-kalu The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Benjamin Kalu, has called on Igbos to make efforts to end insecurity in the South East, stating that Yorubas are not the problem of Igbos.

The lawmaker lamented the loss suffered by the region from Mondays’ sit-at-home directive of a non-state actor like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying a special study carried out in the South-east has revealed that in the last two years, the region has lost about N4 trillion to insecurity.

“In the last two years, we have lost N4 trillion due to the unrest in Southeast. This rising development has caused us a lot as we keep losing business investment to the constant sit at home.

“We will tour Igboland to bring calmness to the region. Insecurity remains a major problem in the East; the Yorubas are not our problem.

“We are our problem in the East,” he said at the annual all-markets conference in Lagos organised by Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association.

He said that insecurity in the South-east is discouraging investment in the region, expressing worry at this continuing trend and pleaded with the Igbos not to lay blame on any other region or other Nigerians.

Mr Kalu said the activities of criminal elements in the region were collapsing their economic growth due to a quest that “will not benefit the people both in the short term and in the long term.”

The federal lawmaker also said called for cooperation between Igbos and Yorubas, noting that they should work together to buoy the nation’s economy by working together to ensure peace and harmony between the two tribes.

“When you build 100 houses in Lagos, build at least 50 in your home. No one said migration could not be reversed. Migration can be reversed and people from Lagos can go to Igboland to buy goods.

“The constant killing, and kidnapping, among others happening in the southeast, are not helping us. We need to readjust and arrange our home. This is not our identity. Igbos are not known for violence.

“We must rise with one voice and denounce this ugly situation in our land. I’m pained that we are no longer safe in the land that our forefathers gave us.

“We now sojourn in diaspora, giving our children out in marriage in a foreign land,” Mr Kalu added.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 15:45:59 +0100 Jan Bulo
FG Receives Canada’s $9.2m COVID&19 Grant https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-receives-canadas-92m-covid-19-grant https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-receives-canadas-92m-covid-19-grant The Federal Government, on Wednesday, received $9,261,920 grant from the Canadian government to support the scale-up of COVID-19 vaccine service among high-priority risk groups and to strengthen the health system in Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch of the Canada Global Initiative for Vaccine grant in Abuja, the High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Jamie Christoff, said the project was another example of Canada’s historical institutional relationship with the WHO to support Nigeria in the critical work for preventing disease and protecting those most at risk.

Christoff said though COVID-19 was no longer a global emergency, it was still important to reinforce public health systems as part of an inclusive and sustainable recovery.

“We must intentionally link up these efforts with routine immunisation and other services. This can help, for example, to reach children who missed routine vaccinations over the pandemic. We know that ultimately, it takes a health system to turn a vaccine into vaccination.”

Christoff further said that “Under CanGIVE, the WHO project will be implemented in seven countries, with Nigeria receiving the greatest share of 9m Canadian dollars. Nigeria was also amongst the first countries to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses from Canada in September of 2021, and I am pleased to be able to continue Canada’s support to Nigeria with this latest project.”

In his address, the World Health Organisation Country Representative Office in Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, said the grant came at the right time to help improve coverage and uptake of the vaccine among the priority populations.

The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib said since the COVID-19 vaccination programme was launched in Nigeria on March 5, 2021, over 75 per cent of the target population of individuals aged 18 and above had been reached with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2023 15:34:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
Enugu Governor Threatens To Revoke License Of Traders Observing Sit&At&Home https://belimedia.com.ng/enugu-governor-threatens-to-revoke-license-of-traders-observing-sit-at-home https://belimedia.com.ng/enugu-governor-threatens-to-revoke-license-of-traders-observing-sit-at-home Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu has threatened that traders in Enugu who observe next Monday’s sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will lose their shops and licenses.

Mbah stated this when he toured various parts of the state capital on Monday to monitor the level of compliance with his ban on the order.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that a few days after their assumption of office, the governor announced an end to the order, effective from June 5.

He had said such orders restrict creativity, entrepreneurship, and productivity in the state, and threatened to close any school, markets, and financial institutions, among others, that obey the order.

The governor warned that traders, who continued to sit at home from Monday, July 24, stood to lose their shops to serious-minded businessmen.

He said adequate security had been provided in the areas, adding that there had not been any incident of attack since the ban on sit-at-home in June.

To the traders at Ogbete, Garki, and other markets, the governor warned that locking shops on Mondays would no longer be condoned.

Mbah, who took time to interact with business owners, shoppers, traders as well as civil servants at the State Secretariat, said “it should never be heard that we were cowed because of the threat of violence by these criminals.

“The poverty that will befall us for sitting at home will kill us even faster. We are losing over N10 billion every Monday that we sit at home. Enough is enough. This foolishness must end and it must end now. We cannot be marginalising ourselves and still complain of marginalisation.

“So, we must say no to sit-at-home because what it means is that we are destroying our employment, our economy, and our GDP.”

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Tue, 18 Jul 2023 10:08:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
LP Replies Tinubu Over Threat Of Anarchy, Reveals Next Move https://belimedia.com.ng/lp-replies-tinubu-over-threat-of-anarchy-reveals-next-move https://belimedia.com.ng/lp-replies-tinubu-over-threat-of-anarchy-reveals-next-move The Labour Party (LP) has reacted to a warning by President Bola Tinubu and his legal team to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PREPEC) sitting in Abuja.

Reports claims that Tinubu, through his counsel, allegedly told the Tribunal that nullifying the election that brought him to power on account of the 25 percent of lawful votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory could lead to chaos.

Reacting in a statement, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, said that the statement was unnecessary and could be construed as interference with the duties and responsibilities of the judiciary.

The party said that the law is the law and that if the constitution has stated that a presidential candidate must score at least 25 percent in the FCT before he can be declared, then anything short of that cannot remedy it.

The Labour Party also recalled a recent statement by the APC-led administration in which it warned that “the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated.”

The party said it sees this as a call on the APC’s “armies” to return to the “trenches” and unleash terror on its supporters.

The Labour Party said that if there were no “absurdity, chaos, and anarchy” when the APC forced its way into power, Nigeria would still witness peace when it is eventually evicted from power.

He said, “The Labour Party has taken note of the news making the round purportedly from the leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, where he allegedly warned the Presidential Election Petition Court (PREPEC), that interpreting the law as provided for in the constitution on the 25% of lawful votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, could “lead to absurdity, chaos, anarchy and alteration of the very intention of the legislature.”

“We are worried that the statement which formed part of his submissions and was contained in his final written address against the Labour Party’s petition pending at the PREPEC, and meant to be in the exclusive custody of the court was leaked to the media.

“We still do not know the reason behind this act of desperation, even when the matter is still pending in court. We will however be careful not to term the action as “Sub-judice”.

“Having said that, the Labour Party thinks that the statement was unnecessary since the matter is already before the court, and going ahead to pontificate on it could be construed as interference in the duties and responsibilities of the judiciary.

“The truth of the matter is that there are no sentiments when it comes to matters of law. The law is the law and once the law has stipulated the manner and how a matter must be carried out, it must follow that pattern.

“If the law has stated the requirement that a presidential candidate must meet before he can be declared, there is no shortcut to it.

“Therefore, if the constitution which is the ground norm of the law in Nigeria has stated clearly that you must score at least 25 percent in FCT before the president can be declared, anything short of that can not remedy it. “

“It is on this note that we request, that caution must be applied by the camp of the APC in its subtle but very clear pressure believed, is being mounted on the judiciary to see the developments from its lense.

“We insist that no amount of threat from the APC on the judges in the tribunal can change the processes and requirements that the law has put in place. It must be followed and that is the position of the Labour Party.

“We recall very clearly a mild but stern threat during the ‘Democracy Day’ Speech made by the APC-led administration where it stated emphatically that “It has become imperative to state here that the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated.”

“We noted then that the warning appeared threatening enough as it sounded more totalitarian but today we are confronted with a sterner approach to whipping the judiciary into a pathway, a development if allowed unchallenged will spell doom for the nation.

“We see in that statement a call on the armies of the APC to awaken to their sworn vow to return to the trenches just the way they unleashed terror on our supporters during the February election.

“The same thugs that perpetrated “absurdity, chaos, and anarchy” and who were used to alter the will of Nigerians are still very present and willing to do the will of their paymasters.

“Let me assure the APC and their leaders that if there were no “absurdity, chaos, and anarchy” when they forced their way into power, Nigeria will still witness peace when they are eventually evicted from power.”

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Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:58:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
NEW: NNPCL Further Increases Fuel Pump Price Of Petrol https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpcl-increases-fuel-pump-price-of-petrol https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpcl-increases-fuel-pump-price-of-petrol The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has further jerked up pump prices of Petrol, known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from 537 to 617 naira Per Litre.

Recall that in May a day after President Tinubu was sworn into Power the Nation’s Apex Petrol station increased the fuel price from N195 per litre to 537 per litre.

The development was occasioned by Tinubu’s inaugural speech, where he said fuel subsidies would be removed.

On Tuesday morning in response to the new price, NNPC filling stations in Abuja witnessed brief queues, particularly the one located along Murtala Mohammed Express road, Kado remained shut for some few hours as the Petrol attendants had to adjust their fuel pumps to reflect the new price of 617 naira.

In the first half of 2023, Nigeria spent N3.6 trillion on fuel subsidy alone. According to the Federal Government the country will save close to N6.7 trillion if fuel subsidies payment is discontinued.

Nigeria has spent N13.7 trillion on fuel subsidy in the last 13 years, according to Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency IHnitiative.

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Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:47:01 +0100 Jan Bulo
FRSC Can Only Operate On FG Roads, Appeal Court Rules https://belimedia.com.ng/frsc-can-only-operate-on-fg-roads-appeal-court-rules https://belimedia.com.ng/frsc-can-only-operate-on-fg-roads-appeal-court-rules The Court of Appeal sitting in Asaba, Delta State on Monday affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, in Warri which held that the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC can only operate on federal roads.

A panel of the court in suit No. CA/AS/276/2019: FRSC Vs Darlington Ehikim dismissed the appeal filed by FRSC challenging the judgment of Justice E. Nwite of the Federal High Court, Warri.

The Federal High Court had on January 25, 2019 entered judgement in favour of the Plaintiff, who is a member of the NBA Warri and granted all the reliefs sought, which includes a declaration that the FRSC has no right to operate and/or carry any activity on State and Local governments roads.

The trial court also issued restraining orders against the Commission from operating on roads other than federal highways and also awarded cost of N10m against the FRSC

Plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr. Kunle Edun commended both the trial and appellate court for standing by the proper interpretation of the law.

He said that by virtue of the Court of Appeal judgment, FRSC personnel who are on roads inside cities and towns except Federal highways, have no right to be there, as their operations on such roads which are mainly to extort road users are illegal.

Edun further stated that the Judgment is a re-emphasization of the federal structure of the country because the FRSC being a federal agency should only concern itself with federal roads.

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Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:36:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
Saudi Pro League Is Better Than MLS, I Paved Way For Many Stars, Portuguese Star, Cristiano Ronaldo Says As He Tags English Premier League As The Best League In The World https://belimedia.com.ng/saudi-league-better-than-mls-says-cr7 https://belimedia.com.ng/saudi-league-better-than-mls-says-cr7 Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that the Saudi Pro League is better than Major League Soccer following Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami.

Since the move of Ronaldo to the Middle East, several high-profile players have followed in his footsteps this summer with Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard among those who have made the move to Saudi Arabia.

Messi, however, chose a different path as he was unveiled as Inter Miami’s new signing on Sunday evening after the Argentine World Cup winner opted to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this summer.

Speaking after Al-Nassr were beaten 5-0 by Celta Vigo in a pre-season friendly on Monday evening, Ronaldo categorically ruled out a return to European football and believes several leagues have dropped in quality.

“No, that door is completely closed,’ Ronaldo told Portuguese media when asked about a potential return to a European club.

‘I’m already 38-and-a-half years old and it’s not worth it.

‘In my way of seeing football, I think Europe has lost a lot of quality. The only league that for me has a lot of quality and is at a higher level than all the others is the Premier League.

‘The Spanish league does not have that great quality. The Portuguese league is a good league, but it is not a top, top league. The German league I think has also lost a lot. I’m sure I won’t play in Europe again. I want to play in Saudi Arabia.

Asked about a possible move to MLS, Ronaldo replied: ‘I think the Saudi league is much better than the United States. My team is Al-Nassr.’

The former Man United and Juventus star also believed he has been the catalyst for several other players to make the move from Europe to Saudi Arabia this year.

“100 per cent. It’s a fact,’ Ronaldo said.

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Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:19:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
Nigeria Confirms First Anthrax Case In Niger State https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-confirms-anthrax-case https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-confirms-anthrax-case The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Monday, officially confirmed the first case of anthrax in the country.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr. Columba T. Vakuru , animals showing signs of a possible case of anthrax on a farm in Suleja, Niger State, were reported to the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria on July 14, 2023.

The statement reads in part, “The case was in a multi-specie animal farm comprising of cattle, sheep and goats located at Gajiri, along Abuja-Kaduna express way Suleja LGA Niger State, where some of the animals had symptoms including oozing of blood from their body openings – anus, nose, eyes and ears.

“A Rapid Response team comprising of federal and states One Health Professional Team visited the farm to conduct preliminary investigations and collected samples from the sick animals. Subsequent laboratory tests by the National Veterinary Research Institute laboratory confirmed the diagnosis, marking the first recorded case of anthrax in Nigeria in recent years.”

Recall that the federal government had issued a warning to Nigerians weeks ago after a report of anthrax outbreak in Northern Ghana where all infected animals had died.

Anthrax is a disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus, though mostly affects livestock like cattle, sheep, and goats but can also infect people who come into contact with infected people or contaminated animal products like meat, wool, or skins. Anthrax that spreads via the skin might result through open wounds or contact with contaminated objects, while anthrax that spreads through the air can happen when spores are inhaled.

According to the statement, Nigerians are enjoined to “immediately report cases of animals bleeding from body openings to veterinary authorities, or agriculture extension workers.”

“The blood of an anthrax-infected animal does not clot. Do not process or move the dead or sick animal, quickly report to your veterinary doctor or veterinary authorities at the ministry of agriculture in your state,” th statement added.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2023 18:17:08 +0100 Jan Bulo
Zulum appoints Barkindo DG, SEMA; Harun Executive Secretary, Sangaya Board https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-confirms-new-appointments https://belimedia.com.ng/zulum-confirms-new-appointments Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of Barkindo Muhammad Saidu as Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA. 

The Governor also appointed Abdulkadir Abdulkarim Harun as Executive Secretary, Borno State Arabic and Sangaya Education Board (BOSASEB). 

Zulum’s special adviser on media and strategy, Malam Isa Gusau announced both appointments on Friday morning in a statement. 

Barkindo, 54 years of age, hails from Gwoza local government area while Harun, 59 years old, hails from Ngala local government area.

Note on Barkindo Muhammad Saidu: 

Until his appointment, Barkindo was Executive Secretary/Programme Manager of Borno State agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS & Malaria from 2016. Growing through the ranks, he had served as director, admin and human resources in 2015, deputy director, admin and supplies in 2011, assistant director, admin and supplies in 2007 and chief admin officer in 2004. 

An “administrator, ITC specialist, Project Manager, public health practitioner and strategist”, Barkindo holds PhD in Strategic Management from the International Business Management Institute in Berlin - Germany obtained in 2019, M. Sc. in Information Technology (IT) Project Management from the Royal Academy of Economics and Technology in Switzerland (2013), another M. Sc in Ecology & Environmental Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna – Nigeria (2012) and yet another M. Sc in Medicinal & Poisonous Plants also from Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna – Nigeria (which is in View). 

  

Before these degrees, Barkindo obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Nigeria Strategic Studies from the University of Maiduguri (2000) and B. Sc. in Biology/Education from the University of Maiduguri - Nigeria (1991). 

Barkindo graduated from Government Science Secondary School, Monguno, Borno State in 1984.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2023 08:56:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
EFCC Arrests 13 Chinese Nationals for Alleged Illegal Mining Activities in Kwara https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-chinese-nationals https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-chinese-nationals Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 13 Chinese nationals for offences bordering on illegal mining in Ilorin, Kwara State. The offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 1(8) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, 1983.

The suspects, which comprise of a female and 12 male, were arrested on Wednesday July 12, 2023 at the Government Reserved Area, G.R.A Ilorin following credible intelligence about their activities which included but not limited to, illegal mining and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government as required by law.

The suspects are Guo Ya Wang (36), Lizli Hui (42), Guo Jian Rong (36), Lizh Shen Xianian (37), Lishow Wu (26), Guo Pan (38), Lia Meiyu (53), Guo Kai Quan (36) Lin Pan (50)

Others are Ma Jan (38), Wendy Wei Suqin (31), Li Zhinguo Wei (29), and Xie Zhinguo (53).

Prior to their arrest, discrete investigations on the activities of illegal mining operators in Kwara State revealed that the operators have different illegal mining sites in almost all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to be workers of a Chinese Company known as *W. Mining Global Service Limited* situated at Olayinka in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. It was gathered that the company was using the illegally mined granite to produce marble for sale locally in Nigeria. Findings also revealed that some of the suspects working in the said company were without ‘work permit’, but only entered Nigeria with visitor's visa.

The suspects would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigations.

Recall that, the Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulkarim Chukkol had on Thursday, July 6, 2023 during a one-day media training for journalists in Kwara State lamented the activities of illegal mining operators, describing it as grave threat to local and national economy.

Within the last 8 months, no fewer than 80 illegal operators had been arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC and 24 truckloads of assorted minerals impounded.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC had on September 10, 2022 arrested a Chinese National, Dang Deng, managing director of Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd, for being in possession of 25 tons of assorted crude minerals and got him convicted on October 19, 2022 before Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

The EFCC had warned that it would be unrelenting in the fight against corruption just as it is leaving no stone unturned in breaking the rings of the illegal mining operators across the country.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2023 08:48:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Keke Rider Kills Girlfriend, Dumps Corpse In Bush https://belimedia.com.ng/keke-rider-kills-girlfriend https://belimedia.com.ng/keke-rider-kills-girlfriend A tricycle operator, simply identified as Chigozie, has been arrested for killing his girlfriend and dumping her corpse inside a bush in Umuahia, Abia State.

Chigozie, who is a resident of Ajata Ibeku, was said to have committed the crime on Wednesday but was caught by eagle-eyed villagers.

It was alleged that Chigozie was fighting with the unidentified girlfriend when the girl slipped and hit her head on the floor and died.

Another villager also claimed that Chigozie was having a “marathon sex” with his girlfriend during which the girl died.

According to the villager who identified himself as Nze, the suspect was caught by some youths of the community after he had finished dumping the lifeless body of his dead girlfriend in the dustbin and attempted to escape.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been handed over to the Police for investigation, while the corpse of the dead girlfriend has been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chioma Maureen Chinaka is yet to react to the development as of the time of this report.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2023 08:05:30 +0100 Jan Bulo
Robbers Storm Minna Emir Palace, Shoots Two Guards https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace-43054 https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace-43054 Armed robbers invaded the palace of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago, on Tuesday evening, shooting two guards.

Daily Trust gathered that one of the staff of the palace who was sent to the bank to get some cash was trailed by the gunmen who drove in a private car.

The Emir was in the palace while gunmen shot sporadically to scare people away before they made away with undisclosed amount of cash belonging to the Minna Emirate.

Two of the injured palace guards were reportedly taken to Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

An eye witness who did not want his name mentioned reported that the criminals overpowered the vigilantes in the palace after a gun duel.

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Wed, 05 Jul 2023 09:10:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
Robbers Storm Minna Emir Palace, Shoots Two Guards https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace-43053 https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace-43053 Armed robbers invaded the palace of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago, on Tuesday evening, shooting two guards.

Daily Trust gathered that one of the staff of the palace who was sent to the bank to get some cash was trailed by the gunmen who drove in a private car.

The Emir was in the palace while gunmen shot sporadically to scare people away before they made away with undisclosed amount of cash belonging to the Minna Emirate.

Two of the injured palace guards were reportedly taken to Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

An eye witness who did not want his name mentioned reported that the criminals overpowered the vigilantes in the palace after a gun duel.

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Wed, 05 Jul 2023 09:09:45 +0100 Jan Bulo
Robbers Storm Minna Emir Palace, Shoots Two Guards https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace https://belimedia.com.ng/robbers-raid-minna-palace Armed robbers invaded the palace of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago, on Tuesday evening, shooting two guards.

Daily Trust gathered that one of the staff of the palace who was sent to the bank to get some cash was trailed by the gunmen who drove in a private car.

The Emir was in the palace while gunmen shot sporadically to scare people away before they made away with undisclosed amount of cash belonging to the Minna Emirate.

Two of the injured palace guards were reportedly taken to Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

An eye witness who did not want his name mentioned reported that the criminals overpowered the vigilantes in the palace after a gun duel.

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Wed, 05 Jul 2023 09:05:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: JAMB Withdraws Ejikeme Mmesoma's 2023 UTME Result For Manipulating Her Score, Bans Her For 3 Years https://belimedia.com.ng/jamb-withdraws-mmesomas-2023-utme-score https://belimedia.com.ng/jamb-withdraws-mmesomas-2023-utme-score The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has JAMB withdraws Ejikeme Mmesoma's 2023 UTME result for manipulating her score from 249 to 362, bars her from writing its examination for the next three years

JAMB assured that Mmesoma would be prosecuted once the security agencies conclude their private investigation.

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Tue, 04 Jul 2023 07:05:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Subsidy Removal: Tell Nigerians How Saved ₦400 Billion Naira Will Be Spent Or Face Legal Actions, SERAP Tells President Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/serap-tells-pbat-to-publish-400bn-spending-details https://belimedia.com.ng/serap-tells-pbat-to-publish-400bn-spending-details Socio Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President of Nigeria , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to widely publish spending details of the N400 billion saved in four weeks from the removal of subsidy on petrol, or face legal action.

This was made known to the public in an official statement by SERAP on Sunday morning, urging the President to act in accordance or risk facing legal action.

Details later...

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Sun, 02 Jul 2023 09:12:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Abba Gida Gida Blocks Salaries Of Over 10,000 Workers Employed By Ganduje https://belimedia.com.ng/gida-gida-blocks-salaries-of-workers https://belimedia.com.ng/gida-gida-blocks-salaries-of-workers Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has ordered the Accountant General to stop the salaries of 10,800 workers employed by his predecessor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Before it took over, the new administration had accused Ganduje’s government of illegally employing over 10,000 workers when it was about to leave office.

Addressing pressmen in Kano on Monday, the Accountant General, Abdulkadir Abdusalam, said the governor had ordered his office to expunge the workers from the state’s payroll.

He said his office would carry out investigation to ascertain the authenticity of their engagement and procedures so as to remove those illegally recruited.

Abdulsalam also said all Local Government workers who were converted to state workers by the former administration will continue receiving their salaries, but based on Local Government levels.

He, however, asked them to continue working in their new state’s MDAs until investigation is concluded.

The Accountant General also promised workers and pensioners in the state that henceforth, they will not experience unnecessary deductions from their remuneration as it was under the previous administration.

He also said the state has now paid National Examinations Council (NECO) fees for over 60,000 secondary school students.

He said the beneficiaries would soon have access to the exam body’s portal to register.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 18:13:39 +0100 Jan Bulo
WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROMOTING TRADE, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, GLOBAL PEACE WITH REP. OF KOREA, SAYS VP SHETTIMA https://belimedia.com.ng/we-are-committed-to-promoting-trade https://belimedia.com.ng/we-are-committed-to-promoting-trade Adds: FG to create 1 million jobs for young Nigerians

Vice President Kashim Shettima has restated Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening relations with Republic of Korea especially in promoting trade, technology transfer and maintaining global peace.

Vice President Shettima stated this today when he received a delegation from the Republic of Korea led by the Special Envoy to the President, H.E. Jang Sungmin, at the Presidential Villa.

According to the Vice President, “Nigeria and Korea have a very robust bilateral relationship that is anchored on years of mutual trust and cooperation. A lot of Korean companies are doing business in Nigeria especially in the area of oil and gas. Six of our LNG trains were constructed by Korean companies.”

“We are fully committed to a very robust relationship between our nations. We need to learn a lot from Korea especially in the areas of manufacturing and agriculture. You are a success story worthy of emulation by all developing nations.”

He observed that “many years ago in the 50s and 60s, the Korean GDP was at par with many African countries but today, Korea is among the developed nations. This is partly due to the leadership and commitment of the Korean people.”

Speaking further, Sen. Shettima stressed that, “we are willing to partner with you in the area of technology because by 2030, there will be 65% global talent deficit with the US, Russia and Brazil suffering 6 million talent deficit. I believe Nigeria is in a unique position to fill in those talent deficits because ours is a young nation. 

“75% of Nigerians are below the age of 35, so we are soliciting for your partnership and support in digital skills training for our young people. We want to create 1 million jobs in the digital world. India earned $120B last year from global outsourcing and we are in a unique position to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector. We need the skills set, we need the technology to drive the process and yours is a technology that we can embrace.”

The Vice President then assured the Korean Government of the Tinubu administration’s commitment to partner with Korea to strengthen relations with both countries especially balancing the trade deficit between the two countries. 

On the agenda of the new administration, the Vice President noted that “security and economic development is the focus of our government. The government will make it easier for Korean businesses and other foreign investors to do business in Nigeria. Korea has always supported us in the international fora and we have that obligation to reciprocate by supporting Korean businesses operating in Nigeria.”

He assured the Korean delegation that President Tinubu will honour the invitation of his Korean counterpart to the Africa-Korea summit in 2024. He added, “be rest assured that Nigeria truly appreciates the Republic of Korea support to Nigeria in multilateral institutions, in the UN General Assembly, in our quest for a seat in the security council and in several UN bodies.”

Earlier in his remarks, the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea (H.E. Yoon Suk Yeol), Mr. Jang Sungmin, who congratulated Nigeria for the successful inauguration of the new government, conveyed special invitation from President Yoon to his Nigerian counterpart, Bola Tinubu, to attend the forthcoming Africa-Korea Summit in South Korea.

He also restated his country’s continuous support for Nigeria across different sectors, noting that Korea’s “collaboration with Nigeria can lead the 4th Industrial Revolution,” maintaining that the country’s “development is akin to Nigeria’s development.” 

The delegation of the Special Envoy included, Ambassador KIM Young-chae, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. YOO Chang-ho, Deputy Secretary to the President for Future Policy; Mr. JANG Sangwoo, Deputy Director for Planning and Execution Team, Bid Committee for World EXPO 2030 BUSAN; Mr. Guillaume Barthe-Dejean, Vice President, SK; Mr. KIM Inkyu, Chief Financial Officer, LG Electronics Nigeria Corp; Ms. Park Hyesong, Korea International Development Agency.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 18:01:37 +0100 Jan Bulo
BUHARI DIDN’T FAIL TO REMOVE SUBSIDY & SAYS SSA TO FORMER PRESIDENT BUHARI ON MEDIA AND PUBLICITY, GARBA SHEHU https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-didnt-fail-to-remove-subsidy https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-didnt-fail-to-remove-subsidy Why did it take the new Tinubu/ Shettima presidency weeks to remove the petrol subsidy when Buhari didn’t do so for years fails to ask the right question. 

The massive electricity subsidy. The fraudulent fertilizer subsidy. Hajj/Christian Pilgrim subsidies. Remember them?

The diesel subsidy. The aviation fuel subsidy. LPFO. Kerosene. Cooking gas and the other subsidy policies we found in place, and put them firmly on the ground. Remember them?

For those with short memories, many of those subsides were all in place when president Buhari was elected to office in 2015: all those in place were gone by May 2023 – including the annual fertilizer subsidy that weighed 60-100 billion Naira (that’s trillion naira in about 10 years – yes you read that right) heavy on the federal budget each year. 

So no, Buhari didn’t remove the petrol subsidy – but in vitally important stages he removed every other budget-busting, egregious, economic-growth-crushing subsidy along the way. 

So far I have refrained from answering these repeated questions on the removal in Nigeria of subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS and that arising from the dual rates of the Naira in the Central Bank and the parallel market: Why did Buhari “fail” to do these?

First of all, my thinking is that instead of the former President answering this question, it is the Party, the All ProgressivesCongress, APC that is best suited to speak and failing to do this, we are forced to say what will follow here.

Secondly, we are mindful of the fact that with a Tinubu/Shettima presidency now in place and for which there is a “New Sheriff in Town.”

We do not want to distract them from the onerous tasks facing them and the nation. Neither is it our wish to take the spotlight away from them in any way.

In terms of the timings of the decisions to remove fuel subsidy and unify the currency, the Tinubu/Shettima administration has done overwhelmingly well. Even more importantly, they have been most dexterous in managing the aftermath of the decisions by successfully avoiding any crisis.

To this extent, our wish and prayers are that fellow countrymen will continue to support the new leadership in these very laudable decisions and, in particular, for the Labour leadership and civil society to work with them to ensure that the palliative efforts as promised are successfully implemented.

The decision to remove subsidies, as in our case - and we believe in all situations - was not for the President to take all by himself.

That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves – and all those who have conveniently forgotten - that Buhari administration had been on this pathway from the very beginning in 2015.

Removing subsidies for the Naira and PMS was cued and put on hold. Look for example in the Petroleum Industry Act. The important decision was kept for a better time.

It could not have come at a time when tensions were high in the country and no responsible leader would have added fuel to the fire.

In the view of many-including those in the security circles- only a new administration with a goodwill that fills a warehouse can attempt this, and here now comes in the wit and grit of the Tinubu government.

Finally, we must be politically honest with ourselves. TheBuhari administration in its last days could not have gone the whole way because the APC had an election to win. And that would have been the case with any political party that was seeking election for another term with a new principal at its head. 

 Poll after polls showed that the party would have been thrown out of office if the decision as envisaged by the new Petroleum Industry Act was made.

With the election now behind us, a capable leader as we now have in place is best positioned to move forward. We have nothing but confidence that the new administration will carry the nation and all its constituents into a stable future in the aftermath of these major economic and financial decisions.

As they say, there are times when you have to lose in order to win.

Garba Shehu - Senior Special Assistant to former President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 17:36:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
EFCC Arrests Fake Senator for Alleged €5.7million Internet Fraud https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-fake-senator https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-fake-senator The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested a fake Senator, Ifechukwu Tom Makwe for alleged €5.7million (Five Million, Seven Hundred Thousand euros) internet fraud.

Makwe was arrested at the Guzape area of Abuja following credible intelligence about his internet-related fraud activities.

Upon arrest, it was discovered that the suspect, bearing many aliases (Fahad Makwe, Senator Tompolo, Tom Makwe, Dr. Bran), defrauded a Spaniard of Five Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Euros (€5.7million).

Makwe allegedly claimed to be a US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI agent and diplomatic solicitor and succeeded in defrauding his victim using fake identities.

The suspect allegedly started defrauding the victim since 2013 when he first met her on social media.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 17:28:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
EFCC Arrests 49 Internet Fraud Suspects in Ekiti, Oyo https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-internet-fraud-suspects https://belimedia.com.ng/efcc-arrests-internet-fraud-suspects Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 47 (forty-seven) suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested on June 23, 2023, at Ikere Road and Iworoko areas of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State following intelligence on their alleged cyber fraud activities in the State.

The suspects are Adeyemi Joshua Adeniran, Ajaye Redmond Damilare, Nwaji Mathew, Jegede Boluwaji Victor, Oyetunji Sunday Wole, Damilola Awopetu Ayomide, Ajayi Temitope Ayomide, Babajide Adebisi Victor, Balogun Precious Akinwale, Obie Jacob Onatakaroma, Olonitola Olamilekan, Ajewole Ojo Kayode, Aina Toluwani Emmanuel, Adebayo Akinwumi Oluwadamilare, Omowaye Oluwatosin Olamilekan, Oyewale Francis Oyomilekan, Arowolo Ayomide Gift, Shotonwa Babatunde Omotoyosi, Ochochie Silas Ochola, Ojo Seyitan David, Onile Ayodeji Raphael and Abiodun Oluwatosin Opeyemi.

Others are: Adebayo Gbenga Musbau, Oyebade Ayomide Olamide, Egunjobi Samuel Gbenga, Oladokun Toheeb Adekola, Adesola Benjamin Adebowale, Edamisan Olakunle, Adesola Isaac Babatunde, Oyewole Gideon David, Lawal Tosimile Moses, Adeleke Adekunle Samson, Oladiti Abiodun Akanji, Ajayi Charles Temitayo, Adeyemi Oluwasegun Adeboye, Ernest Solomon Temitope and Atoun Olalekan Timilehin.

The rest are: Olorunyomi Sina Ayo, Babatunde Emmanuel Babalola, Yusuf Saka Olaoluwatobi, Falaye Babatunde Temitope, Ilesanmi Damilola Ayomide, Badmus Yusuf Omobolaji, Komolafe Emmanuel Feranmi, Babajide Adebisi Victor, Adamolekun Olamiji and Oshatimi Samuel Omoniyi.

In a related development, the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police arrested and handed over two cybercrime suspects, Emiola Usman and Kamorudeen Quayum, to the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, for further investigation.

Items recovered from the suspects include fifteen (15) exotic cars, sixteen (16) laptops, seventy-seven (77) mobile phones and other incriminating documents, among others.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 17:24:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
OVER 5,000 SECURITY PERSONNEL PARTICIPATES IN A ROAD WALK FOR CONFIDENCE BUILDING, PUBLIC SENSITIZATION AHEAD OF 2023 EID&EL&KABIR SALLAH CELEBRATIONS IN KANO STATE https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-security-personnel-prepare-for-eid-el-kabir https://belimedia.com.ng/kano-security-personnel-prepare-for-eid-el-kabir The Kano State Police Command is well prepared with a robust plan for ensuring a hitch-free Eid-El-Kabir Sallah Celebration in Kano State. It is in consideration of this development that on Monday 26/06/2023 at about 0600hrs, over five thousand (5,000) personnel of the Command alongside the Military (Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Airforce) and other security agencies in the State converged at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata Kano and embarked on 10km road walk for confidence building and public sensitization activities in some parts of three (03) of Kano Municipal, Dala and Gwale LGAs of Kano State.

2. In a “Special Operation Show of Force” that was conducted by the joint security personnel in the form of a 10km road walk was aimed at sensitizing members of the public and assuring the good people of the State that the combined security agencies supported by Military have made all necessary arrangements to provide adequate security coverage before, during and after the Eid-El-Kabir festive period.

3. The road walk which took off from Sani Abacha Stadium, through Kofar Mata, Emir’s Palace Mosque, Gidan Makama, Kofar Nassarawa, Gidan Radio, etc. was conducted with the combined personnel high-spirited morale. Highlights of the event include turn-by-turn public enlightenment and sensitization by the Public Relations Officers (PROs) of all the participating security agencies in the State calling on the good people of the State to remain law abiding throughout the festive period, shun all forms of crimes or engaging in criminality, avoidance of recklessness in driving including car-racing, observance of traffic rules and regulations and in the overall report any suspicious movement of items or persons to nearest security formation and continue to give all support and cooperation to security agencies.

4. While appreciating the security agencies for the stronger synergy and commitment, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, FIPMA, psc commended members of the press for their continuous support and cooperation. The CP further warns that whoever attempts to disrupt the peace being enjoyed in the State will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.

5. The Commissioner of Police appreciates members of the press and the good people of the State for their understanding, continuous support, prayers and cooperation. Finally, the CP wishes the “Kanawa” a peaceful Eid-El-Kabir Sallah Celebration.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 15:31:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
See Full List Of Kano State New Commissioners Sworn In By Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf https://belimedia.com.ng/new-kano-commisioners-take-oath-of-office https://belimedia.com.ng/new-kano-commisioners-take-oath-of-office The Executive Governor of Kano State, His Excellency, Abba Kabir Yusuf on Monday sworn in Commisioners across various ministries at Kano State Government House.

See full list of Commissioners that took oath of office earlier today:

List of newly sworn in Kano Commissioners and their Assigned Ministries 

1-Comr. Aminu Abdulsalam 

- Ministry for Local Government 

2-Hon. Haruna Umar Doguwa -Commissioner for Education 

3-Hon. Ali bukar Makoda -Commissioner for Water Resources

4-Dr. Abubakar Labaran yusuf - Commisioner Ministry of Health 

5-Engr. Marwan Ahmad- Commissioner Ministry of Works, Housing and infrastructure

6-Barr. Haruna Dederi- Commisioner Ministry for Justice 

7-Dr. Yusuf Kofarmata- Commisioner Ministry for Higher Education

8-Hon. Nasiru sule Garo-Commisioner Ministry for Enviroment

9-Engr. Muhammad Diggol-Commisioner Ministry for transport 

10-Hon. Abbas Sani Abbas-Commisioner Ministry for Commerce and investment

11-Hon. Hamza Safiyanu-Commisioner Ministry for Rural Affairs

12-Dr. Danjuma Mahmoud -Commisioner Ministry for Agriculture

13-Hon. Musa sulaiman shanono-Commisioner Ministry for Budget and planning

14-Haj. Ladidi Garko -Commisioner Ministry for Culture and Tourism

15-Hon. Adamu Ali kibiya-Commisioner Ministry for Land and survey 

16-Hon. Tajuddeen Othman- Commissioner Ministry for Science and Technology

17-Hon. Baba Halilu dantiye-Commisioner Ministry for information

18-Sheik Tijjani Auwal - Ministry for religious affairs.

19-Aisha L. - Commisioner Ministry for women affairs

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 15:05:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: COURT REMANDS PRANKSTER TRINITY GUY, MINOR'S PARENTS IN AGODI PRISON https://belimedia.com.ng/court-remands-trinity-guy-in-prison https://belimedia.com.ng/court-remands-trinity-guy-in-prison A Magistrate's Court in Ibadan, which is hearing the allegations made by the police against Prankster, Abdullahi Adisa popularly known as Trinity Guy, has ordered that the suspect be kept in Agodi correctional facility until next month.

Trinity Guy was charged to court by the police for allegedly sexualising a minor in a viral 38-second video where he asked a female minor to describe his genitals.

Earlier, the suspect's lawyer, Oludare Adebayo, had pleaded with the court to release his client.

However, the magistrate judge, P.O Adetuyibi, rejected his plea on the grounds that a case has been opened in the government office which is looking at the justice system based in Oyo state regarding the suspect.

Similarly, the court also ordered that the mother and father of the ten-year-old child that appears in a viral video with the Trinity Guy should be detained in prison.

The Prankster earlier said that he had an agreement with the minor’s parent before shooting the skit.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 14:33:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Abba Gida Gida: Anti&Demolition Protest Breaks Out In Kano https://belimedia.com.ng/anti-demolition-protests-breaks-out-in-kano https://belimedia.com.ng/anti-demolition-protests-breaks-out-in-kano Hundreds of protesters on Monday hit Kano streets to express their displeasure with the ongoing demolition exercises of the state government.

Daily Trust reports that the government has pulled down some structures while several others have been marked for demolition.

The government premised its action on the grounds that the land upon which the affected structures were erected were “illegally” allocated by the immediate past government.

The structures already demolished include the multi-billion Naira project at the old Daula Hotel, shopping plazas at the Polo Ground and at the Eid ground, while residential and commercial buildings have been marked for demolition at Salanta area and BUK road.

While the government has insisted there is no going back in its resolve to “restore” the Kano Urban Development Masterplan which include removing structures erected on public spaces, the protesters that hit the streets early Monday demanded that the government rescind its decision.

With posters like “Gov Yusuf, your action is sending away investors”, “Don’t bring insecurity to our state, Mr Governor”, and “Let the law takes its cause” among others, the protesters after converging at the demolished Daula Hotel, proceeded to the police headquarters to register their grievances.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Comrade Zahraddeen Sani Baba of the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, said if the incumbent governor has anything against his predecessor, “please call him to answer questions instead of punishing innocent Nigerians and destroying their investments.”

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 11:48:29 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Federal Government Declares Wednesday 28th And Thursday 29th June As Public Holidays To Mark Eid El Kabir Celebration https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-declares-public-holiday-for-sallah-celebrations https://belimedia.com.ng/fg-declares-public-holiday-for-sallah-celebrations The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday June 29, 2023 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The declaration which was made, congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this occasion.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2023 08:04:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
All You Need To Know About The Five Wealthy Titanic Tourists Who Vanished While Exploring The Wreck Aboard A Mini Submarine https://belimedia.com.ng/titanic-tourists-vanish https://belimedia.com.ng/titanic-tourists-vanish What to know about the 5 passengers who were on the people who were aboard a submersible that went missing while on an expedition to explore the wreckage of the Titanic did not survive, according to the company that arranged the trip. 

The passengers on the 21-foot sub were British businessman Hamish Harding; Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his teenage son, Suleman; French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet; and Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate, the company that operates the vessel.

"We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet have sadly been lost," OceanGate said in a statement to CBS News. "These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world's oceans."

OceanGate had billed the trip as a chance to "become one of the few to see the Titanic with your own eyes." Securing a seat on the vessel cost $250,000, according to the company, which touted the trip not as mere tourism but as a dive with a scientific purpose.

Last year, Rush told CBS News that the tours attract people of all income levels despite the high sticker price. "We've had people who have mortgaged their home to come and do the trip. And we have people who don't think twice about a trip of this cost," he said.

In a June 17 Facebook post, Harding announced he was "proud" to be joining the expedition. 

"The team on the sub has a couple of legendary explorers, some of which have done over 30 dives to the RMS Titanic since the 1980s including PH Nargeolet," he noted. 

Here's what to know about the passengers who were aboard the sub.

Hamish Harding, chairman of Action Aviation

Harding was the chairman of a company called Action Aviation, which sells aircraft to Fortune 100 companies, international corporations, heads of state and people in the entertainment and sports industries, according to its website. 

The British businessman is referred to as a billionaire in the British press, but Forbes magazine noted that he's not included on its list of the world's richest people. 

Aside from his business, Harding was known for his exploits as an adventurer. He held several records with the Guinness Book of World Records, including "fastest circumnavigation of Earth via both the geographic poles" by airplane, which he and a team accomplished in 2019 in a little over 46 hours. 

Harding also was one of six people on Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin's mission last June, when they flew to the edge of space.

Before the Titanic expedition, Harding shared on Facebook that the mission was "likely to be the first and only manned mission to the Titanic in 2023" because of weather conditions. 

In an interview two years ago, Harding acknowledged the risks and dangers of underwater expeditions after he had traveled with U.S. explorer Victor Vescovo more than two and a half miles along the floor of the Mariana Trench, 35,876 feet below the sea surface. 

"The only problem is that there is no other sub that is capable of going down there to rescue you," he said of that journey. "[H]aving four days of supply doesn't make a difference really. If something goes wrong, you are not coming back."

In a statement on Tuesday, Action Aviation Managing Director Mark Butler said the company and Harding's family are "very grateful for all the kind messages of concern and support from our friends and colleagues."

Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman Dawood

Shahzada Dawood, who was 48, was the vice chairman of Dawood Hercules, an investment and holding company based in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dawood Hercules is part of the Dawood Group, a family business for more than a century, according to his biography at the SETI Institute, where he also served on the board. Dawood was heir to one of Pakistan's largest family fortunes, according to the New York Times.

"Our deepest condolences to the Dawood family and the family of other passengers on the sad news about the fate of Titanic submersible in the North Atlantic," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter Thursday. "We appreciate the multinational efforts over the last several days in search of the vessel."

British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, who are two of the five people on board a small submersible vessel that went missing on June 18, 2023, as it dived toward the wreckage of the Titanic in the North Atlantic.  

COURTESY OF THE DAWOOD FAMILY

Dawood was a resident of the U.K. with his wife and two children, Suleman and daughter Alina, the SETI Institute noted. He was also an "ardent animal lover" and had a master's degree in global textile marketing from Philadelphia University in the U.S. and a law degree from Buckingham University in the U.K.

Suleman Dawood was 19 years old, according to the U.K.'s DailyMail. He was a science fiction fan and also enjoyed solving Rubik's Cubes and playing volleyball, according to DH Group & Engro Corporation, part of the Dawood Hercules Group.

"We are very grateful for the concern being shown by our colleagues and friends and would like to request everyone to pray for their safety," the Dawood family said in a statement.

Paul-Henri Nargeolet, "Titanic's Greatest Explorer"

Nargeolet was known as a Titanic expert, according to the OceanGate website. He led six expeditions to the ship's wreckage site and was known as "Titanic's Greatest Explorer," the company said. 

Paul-Henri Nargeolet poses next to a miniature version of the Titanic at an exhibit in Paris, France, on May 31, 2013.

Nargeolet was also the director of underwater research for RMS Titanic, an American company that owns the salvage rights to the wreck and operates exhibits featuring artifacts from the ship. About 30 million people have visited its exhibits, according to the company.

Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate

Rush, the CEO of the company running the expedition, was also the sub's pilot.

When he was 19, Rush was the youngest person to become a jet transport-rated pilot when he earned a DC-8 Type/Captain's rating at the United Airlines Jet Training Institute, according to his biography at OceanGate.

Andrea Doria Shipwreck 

OceanGate co-founder and CEO Stockton Rush speaks in front of a projected image of the wreck of the ocean liner SS Andrea Doria during a presentation on June 13, 2016.

Rush earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1984 and an MBA from the Berkeley Haas School of Business in 1989. In 2009, Rush founded OceanGate, where he oversees the company's financial and engineering strategies, according to the company.

Rush told CBS News' David Pogue last year that OceanGate still hadn't turned a profit. 

"People might say, 'Hey, that's a lot of money, $250,000.' But we went through over a million dollars of gas," he said.

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Sun, 25 Jun 2023 08:45:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
Approve ₦200,000 As Minimum Wage For Nigerian Workers – NNPP Chieftain Begs Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpp-chieftain-begs-tinubu-to-approve-proposed-new-minimum-wage https://belimedia.com.ng/nnpp-chieftain-begs-tinubu-to-approve-proposed-new-minimum-wage The gubernatorial candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the last general elections in Ogun State, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, has appealed to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led federal government to accede to the N200,000 minimum wage for workers across the country.

Oguntoyinbo noted that this is necessary in view of the present economic reality occasioned by the increment in the prices of goods and services across the country.

He made these disclosures via a statement made available to press men on Saturday.

Recalls that the labour unions had proposed N200,000 as the minimum wage before the President.

Oguntoyinbo, however, appealed to Tinubu to accede to the request.

The NNPP candidate in the statement lamented that it is worrisome that low-income earners are struggling with harsh economic realities, with about 120 million citizens living in poverty.

He explained that the best way to reduce the suffering of the workers is to accede to the N200,000 minimum wage request.

He added that his appeal is based on the present economic reality in the country.

He said that Tinubu and the governors should find ways to listen and approve the request from the workers.

“There is a need for President Tinubu and governors to do some calculations and soul searching on the minimum wage to reflect the current realities in the country, by strengthening the take-home home of workers at the end of every month to meet the current market prices of foodstuffs and other essential utilities.

“All elected leaders should seize the opportunity of being elected among millions of citizens in the country to make a difference in the lives of people, by creating an enabling environment for Nigerians irrespective of their income to meet their comfortability.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and 36 state governors to make the welfare of workers and ordinary citizens a priority by adhering to the 200 thousand naira minimum wage rather than increasing their own pay.”

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 16:57:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
NIGER: Paikoro, Lapai Residents Lament Six Months Of Darkness https://belimedia.com.ng/residents-of-paiko-and-lapai-laments-electricity-blackout https://belimedia.com.ng/residents-of-paiko-and-lapai-laments-electricity-blackout Residents of Paikoro and Lapai Local Government Areas in Niger State have appealed to the state government and the Abuja Electric Distribution Company (AEDC) to intervene and resolve the prolonged power blackout that has plunged their communities into darkness for the past six months.

The blackout is a direct result of the vandalisation of power distribution facilities by unidentified individuals, leaving no fewer than 40,000 houses without electricity.

Reports indicate that 33 transformers in Lapai were destroyed, and the feeder pillars supplying both local government areas stationed in Paiko were stolen by suspected criminals.

This unfortunate incident marks the third occurrence within a span of six months in the two local government areas, forcing residents and various government establishments such as the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai and the two General hospitals in the affected areas to rely on generators for power supply to meet their domestic and operational needs.

The FM station in Lapai has also been off-air for the past six months due to the power outage.

Residents have expressed their frustration, alleging that the AEDC has withdrawn its staff from the affected councils, which they interpret as a lack of willingness by the company to address the situation promptly.

A community leader, Alhaji Mohammed Yaro Paiko, appealed to the state government and the power company to urgently intervene and assist the affected communities.

He emphasized that the prolonged power outage has severely impacted local businesses and created an opportunity for criminal elements to exploit the situation by invading homes, particularly during the night.

Confirming the situation, the Public Relations Officer of the AEDC in Minna, Alh. Mohammed Adamu lamented that on three occasions electrical facilities were stolen and were replaced, while urging the communities to take ownership and ensure facilities in their various areas are protected as the company has no resources to continue to replace them.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 16:47:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
JAMB Pegs Cut Off Mark For Universities At 140, Proposes Use Of Mobile Phone For Next UTME https://belimedia.com.ng/jamb-sets-cut-off-mark-at-140 https://belimedia.com.ng/jamb-sets-cut-off-mark-at-140 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set 140 and above as the cut-off mark for 2023/24 admissions into universities across the country.

The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this during a presentation at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions and Awards on Saturday in Abuja.

Oloyede said that the cutoff level for admission to polytechnics and colleges of education was 100.

JAMB Also Proposed The Use Of Mobile Phone For 2023 UTME

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has as well reportedly proposed the use of mobile phone for its 2023 UTME. 

The board in charge of entry examinations into tertiary institutions in Nigeria is said to be proposing a system called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) which allows candidates sitting for the exam to bring along their own phones.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 15:10:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu Jets Off To London From Paris https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-visits-london https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-visits-london AFTER SUCCESSFUL PARIS OUTING, TINUBU OFF TO LONDON ON PRIVATE VISIT

President Bola Tinubu on Friday concluded his official trip to Paris, France, during which he had an outstanding participation in a summit for 'A New Global Financing Pact' hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. 

Aside participating in the summit where he represented Nigeria well, President Tinubu also held high-profile sideline meetings with fellow heads of state and government, global business leaders and chief executives of leading multilateral and development finance institutions from around the world.

The summit afforded the President the opportunity of projecting, on a global stage, his advocacy for widening the fiscal space, economic justice for Africa as the world accelerates the pace of energy transition, and the urgency of addressing the pressing issues of poverty and climate change.

President Tinubu, who was initially scheduled to be back in Abuja on Saturday, will now proceed to London, United Kingdom, for a short private visit.

The President will be back in the country in time for the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir festival. 

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 14:14:34 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu Reveals How He Stopped Planned NLC Protest, Says He's Working On Palliatives For Subsidy Removal https://belimedia.com.ng/how-tinubu-stopped-planned-nlc-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/how-tinubu-stopped-planned-nlc-strike President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has spoken on how he stopped planned NLC protest, the President also added that he's working on palliatives for subsidy removal.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu opened up on how he was able to convince the Organised Labour to shelve the planned protest over the removal of fuel subsidy.

Tinubu said: “You want money increase in palliative, transportation what are you protesting about? Are you sharing part of the subsidy? if you protest, I will join you and protest and they stopped. No protest.

Tinubu also assured that palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal were being worked out

He said, “Palliative we will get but we have to save the money in order to embark on palliatives.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 07:44:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
How I Removed Fuel Subsidy & President Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/how-tinubu-removed-subsidy https://belimedia.com.ng/how-tinubu-removed-subsidy President of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has revealed how he removed fuel subsidy without Wale Edun adding it to his inaugural speech.

President Tinubu who is set to return to Nigeria after attending the Global Finance Pact Summit in Paris, France said;

“Some countries were bleeding us. Courage was missing. Sometimes I became an advocate for it. Remove this thing but God gave me the opportunity when I danced around, strategised with my team, we won the Presidency and the day I was declared the winner I fell almost sick with joy.

“The few friends visited me rejoicing, so I asked the question, you asked me to bring this trophy, this victory what do you do with it?

“I brought it. I won. We must achieve it. We must change Nigeria with it and then Wale Edun and co, we started debating, putting my speech together without the question of subsidy. I got to the podium, I was possessed with courage and I said subsidy is gone.

“They thought it was a joke of the century until I called NNPC. We are tired of feedings smugglers, making few people rich, and subsidizing the next-door neighbor.

“I met with the President of the Benin Republic today, everybody is equal now, we are friends. We are conjoined twins joined by the hips, how we will separate each other is with this fuel subsidy. Let us see whether we will survive or not but we are going to survive you”

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 07:25:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
President Tinubu Breaks Silence On Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-speaks-on-emefiele https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-speaks-on-emefiele President Tinubu has broken his silence on the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele during an interactive session with Nigerians resident in France and neighbouring European countries.

Tinubu said the nation’s financial system under the suspended Emefiele was rotten.

He said many Nigerians abroad were unable to send money to their relatives because of the multiple exchange rates, saying all that have become a thing of the past.

“Then the financial system was rotten. Few people making bags of our money and then you yourself, you stopped sending money home to our poor parents. Several windows… but that is gone now, is gone.

“The man is in the hands of authorities, something is being done about that, they will sort themselves out.”

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Sat, 24 Jun 2023 07:05:47 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Tragedy In Kano As Youths Get Trapped Under The Rubble After Part Of Daula Hotel Which Was Demolished By Kano State Government Fell On Them https://belimedia.com.ng/tragedy-in-kano https://belimedia.com.ng/tragedy-in-kano Reports emerging from Kano this afternoon indicates that a part of Daula Hotel which was demolished by Kano State Government fell on some youths who were picking up Iron Rods. 

As at the time of this report, Fire Service alongside National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), are trying to rescue the victims from the rubble.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2023 15:05:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
Referee Dies After Being Struck By Lightning In Niger State https://belimedia.com.ng/referee-dies-in-niger-state https://belimedia.com.ng/referee-dies-in-niger-state A referee, Mustapha Bello, died on Tuesday after being struck by lightning during a friendly football match played in the community’s primary and secondary schools’ field in Madalla town, Niger State.

 

A Facebook user, Awwal Yarima who shared the news said, "Innalillahi wa innan ilaihi rain!!! ????????????. We lost one of us in Referees in Suleja Also my Coach in Referees. Mallam. Mustapha Bello Grade one referee. May his soul rest in Jannat ul Firdausi. Ameen."

An eyewitness, Muhammed Musa, confirming the incident to Daily Trust on Wednesday, said the match in which Suleja and Madalla youths participated, was on a half-time break around 5:20 pm when the incident happened.

 “It was raining and all the footballers along with their fans were taking refuge inside the school’s classrooms. The referee along with his assistant (lineman) rushed back to the field, demanding the players to join them. 

"They were only at the centre of the pitch when the thunder struck. Two of them were rushed to a hospital, where the referee was confirmed dead on arrival while his assistant was revived," he said.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2023 06:34:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu Suspends EFCC Chairman, Bawa Indefinitely https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-suspends-bawa https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-suspends-bawa President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the indefinite suspension from office of the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. AbdulRasheed Bawa, CON, to allow for proper investigation into his conduct while in office. 

According to a statement by the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (OSGF), the decision followed weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.

Bawa has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Director of Operations in the Commission, who will oversee the affairs of the Office of the Chairman of the Commission pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2023 20:32:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
Steps To Access The Interest Free Student Loan Introduced By President Bola Ahmed Tinubu https://belimedia.com.ng/steps-to-access-fgs-student-loan https://belimedia.com.ng/steps-to-access-fgs-student-loan The Student Loan Bill which is now Law officially known as AN ACT TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR NIGERIANS THROUGH INTEREST FREE LOANS FROM NIGERIAN EDUCATION BANK ESTABLISHED was Sponsored by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Students applying for loan under this Act must apply to the Chairman of the Bank through their respective institutions upon satisfactiono f the following conditions:

(i) Student must have secured admission into any public NigerianU niversity, Polytechnic, COE or TVET school.

Applicant income or family income must be less than N500,000 per annum;Applicant must provide at least two civil servants as guarantors: of not less than level 12 years in service; or a Lawyer with at least 10 years post-call experience; a Judicial officer; or a Justice of Peace.

Students who have defaulted in previous loans; found guilty of exam malpractices, felony, drug offenses will not be considered. 

Students with parents who have defaulted in respect of previous loans will not be considered.

All Applications will be submitted through the Students Affairs Office of each Institution via a list of all qualified applicants from the institution accompanied by a cover letter signed by the Vice Chancellor or Rector or the head of the institution and the student affairs.

Any beneficiary of the loan to which this Act refers shallo cmmence repayment two years after completion of the National Youth Service Corps programme.

(Repayment shall be by direct deduction of 10% of the beneficiaries salary at source by the empioyer.

Where the beneficiary is self employed, he shall remit 10% of his total profit monthly to the Students loan account to be prescribed by the Bank.

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Mon, 12 Jun 2023 18:44:30 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Tinubu signs into law, the student loan bill, which provides interest&free loans to Nigerian students who are Citizens https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-signs-into-student-loan-bill-into-law https://belimedia.com.ng/tinubu-signs-into-student-loan-bill-into-law President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) a few minutes ago signed into law, The Student Loan Bill, which provides for interest-free loans to indigent Nigerian students.

Recall that Tinubu, during his campaign, had promised to give student loans as part of efforts to develop the education sector and also build the youth capacity.

Tinubu made the promise at the British Royal Institute in London.

“Youths are the greatest asset of tomorrow,” Tinubu said in Chatham House while fielding questions from participants at the event.

He that they will be part of his “all-inclusive” government, pointing to the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“The education system is to change. We would overhaul it and tinker with some areas with the philosophy that no one would be left behind. There will be student loans for all. We are going to reform the Almajiri system, We are equally going to build more schools, recruit more teachers and train them,” the former Lagos state governor said.

To further help young people, he said if elected, his government would equally introduce technology hubs where youths can acquire digital skills to better develop their leadership skills.

“Youths can even develop technological languages on their own and make a better 21st-century approach to governance in Nigeria,” he said.

Monday’s event focussed on economic and foreign policies as well as national security among others.

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Mon, 12 Jun 2023 18:27:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: DSS Seeks Order To Extend Emefiele’s Detention, Lines Up Interrogators https://belimedia.com.ng/dss-seeks-order-to-extend-emefieles-detention https://belimedia.com.ng/dss-seeks-order-to-extend-emefieles-detention In efforts to complete its investigations, the Department of State Services (DSS), is likely to approach the court to obtain an order to keep Godwin Emefiele in its custody for as long as his interrogation lasts.

According to reports, the DSS will approach the court on Tuesday, June 13.

Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday suspended the Central Bank of Nigeria governor. Shortly after this, the embattled former apex bank boss was arrested in Lagos and immediately whisked to Abuja.

Beli Media reports that this is sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy.

Quoting an unnamed source, Punch Newspaper wrote:

“He (Emefiele) is going to be with us for some time. We may obtain a court order to further detain him. The previous charges against him are there and further investigations may add to that. You know that he is a big man, and we have to make sure that the loose ends are tightened before we take him to court.

“Recall that we were looking for him before his suspension. Now that we have him, we will hear from him; hear what he has to say on those issues we have highlighted before.”

“We have a team of interrogators, who are going to quiz and obtain statements from him. We won’t bungle our case. But honestly, Nigerians need to know what happened and why we were looking for him the other time,” the source added.

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Sun, 11 Jun 2023 08:45:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: NLC Set To Embark On Strike As Last Night's Meeting With FG Ended In Deadlock https://belimedia.com.ng/NLC-to-embark-on-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/NLC-to-embark-on-strike The National Labour Congress have insisted on embarking on strike after failing to reach am agreement with the Federal Government on removal of fuel subsidy.

The Labour Union was triggered the more to take this action after their meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's Government ended in deadlock on Sunday night at Abuja.

NLC's Secretary, Nasir Kabir revealed to newsmen that the meeting wasn't fruitful.

“The Government didn't do anything on the terms and conditions we laid to them on removal of fuel subsidy. So therefore, we won't retreat, we'll embark on an indefinite strike.” He said.

“We gave them conditions if fuel subsidy is to be removed. We asked them to repair our refineries and get them back to work for the benefit of the Nation. Furthermore, we told them subsidy is not removed until something suitable is being implemented for the benefit of the masses.

He said: “We are not happy because the Nigerian government has taken the decision to remove fuel subsidies without bringing things that will ease the pain and suffering of the masses. 

The secretary of the NLC union, said that the Government saying in the future we will see the benefits of removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria, is just a Cock and Bull story. "We have done this in the past but nothing was seen, so there is no doubt that now there is no benefit to be seen other than putting Nigerians in a difficult situation," he said. 

He added that "based on this, we have given the government a deadline as long as it does not return the fuel subsidy, then on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, we will embark on Strike". 

Comrade Nasir Kabir, said that they are going on strike to show their anger on the increase in the price of fuel which every Nigerian will support them. 

According to him, "everyone knows that Nigerians are in a difficult situation, and to add salt to their wounds at the moment is not right at all".

Ever since President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the day he was sworn in announced that fuel subsidy has been removed, there has been an increase in prices across various parts of the country. 

This is why the NLC said that it will not accept the latest development, because removal of fuel subsidy will put the Nation in trouble.

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Mon, 05 Jun 2023 07:57:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
Five Benefits Of Fuel Subsidy Removal https://belimedia.com.ng/five-benefits-of-fuel-subsidy-removal https://belimedia.com.ng/five-benefits-of-fuel-subsidy-removal President Bola Tinubu on Monday announced fuel subsidy was gone because there is no budgetary allocation for it after June. 

What is fuel subsidy?

Fuel subsidies are a form of government intervention to reduce the cost of fuel by providing direct financial support to oil companies, and as such, subsidise the product to consumers (Nigerians). Nigeria is one of Africa’s largest producers of crude oil, and it relies heavily on this resource for its economic growth.

The 2023 budget proposed N2.557trn supplementary budget for fuel subsidy.

Here are five benefits of fuel subsidy removal:

1. Fuel subsidy removal, according to experts, would free up resources for other sectors of the economy.

2. The government spends a significant portion of its budget on fuel subsidies, which could be better spent on education, healthcare, infrastructure development, amongst other key sectors.

3. Establishments of domestic refineries to produce more petroleum products, reducing Nigeria’s dependence on imported fuel.

4. Availability of domestic refineries will boost the country’s economy.

5. Massive creation of jobs for Nigerians.

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Tue, 30 May 2023 12:39:58 +0100 Jan Bulo
22 Years Old Man Kills His 50 Years Old Biological Mother In Kano https://belimedia.com.ng/man-stabs-his-mother-to-death https://belimedia.com.ng/man-stabs-his-mother-to-death On the 4th May 2023 at about 2200hrs (10pm), Ibrahim Musa, 'm', 22 years old was arrested at a criminal hideout in Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State after stabbing his 50-year-old biological mother to death at Rimin Kebbe Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State.

The suspect confessed to the crime and also confessed to dealing in illicit drug abuse.

He will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation. The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, FIPMA, psc appreciates those that assisted with information that led to the arrest and commended the Police Tactical Teams that ensure that the culprit is brought to book.

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Fri, 05 May 2023 14:55:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING NEWS: Organ Harvesting & UK Court Sentences Senator Ike Ekweremadu To 10 Years 6 Months In Jail https://belimedia.com.ng/ekweremadu-sentenced-to-jail https://belimedia.com.ng/ekweremadu-sentenced-to-jail A Court In The United Kingdom Has Sentenced Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu To 10 Years 6 Months In Jail.

His Wife Beatrice Ekweremadu Jailed For 6 years.

Doctor Obinna Obeta Jailed For 10 years.

Details later.....

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Fri, 05 May 2023 14:36:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
Obaseki Sacks All Commissioners, SAs, SSAs https://belimedia.com.ng/obaseki-sacks-commissioners...... https://belimedia.com.ng/obaseki-sacks-commissioners...... Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Wednesday dissolved the State Executive Council.

Obaseki said the dissolution of the council was with immediate effect.

The governor announced the during the Weekly Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.

Obaseki expressed appreciation to the outgone members of the council for their service to the government and people of the state.

A statement endorsed by Crusoe Osagie, Special Advisers, Media Projects, said that all Special Assistants (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) had been relieved of their appointments.

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Thu, 04 May 2023 06:54:20 +0100 Jan Bulo
Egyptian Woman Kills Son, Cooks, Eats Parts Of His Head https://belimedia.com.ng/egyptian-woman-kills-son https://belimedia.com.ng/egyptian-woman-kills-son A 29-year-old woman, Hanaa, reportedly killed her five-year-old son, Youssef, with a machete at their home in Egypt before boiling and eating parts of his head.

The woman has been arrested by the police after her son’s uncle discovered the boy’s body parts in buckets at the family house, per multiple reports.

It was reported that she admitted to the police she had eaten part of her son’s head because she “wanted him to stay with her together”.

The woman also told authorities she cooked her son’s head and other parts of his flesh on the stove in boiling water before eating them.

Consequent to her arrest, the woman claimed she suffered from a mental illness and had no plan to kill her son.

Hanaa and her son had been living alone following her divorce from her husband.

According to the report, her ex-husband was prevented from seeing his son because of the horrific condition when he arrived at the police station.

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Thu, 04 May 2023 06:38:59 +0100 Jan Bulo
Buhari Set Nigeria 100 Years Back, Brought Religious Divisions– Buba Galadima https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-set-nigeria-100-years-back https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-set-nigeria-100-years-back A chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Buba Galadima, has responded to a recent claim by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, that his principal would leave Nigeria better than he met it in 2015 in terms of security and the economy.

Adesina had, in a statement on Sunday, claimed Buhari would not be leaving Nigeria the way he met it.

Reacting, Galadima prayed for God to visit Adesina with what the common people suffer daily in Nigeria.

Galadima said on Arise Television’s Morning Show program on Wednesday, “We wish that he (Buhari) could have kept the country (as he met it) on May 29, 2015. We could have clapped for him and escorted him to Daura or wherever he intends to live after leaving office.

“The man has set Nigeria 100 years back, divided Nigeria across religious lines, along ethnic lines and crashed economic policies that have left the dollar which he met at N157/$1 and he’s now leaving it at N800/$1, that is if you see the dollar to buy.

“And insecurity was confined to the North East generally, except some dark spots that had happened in Abuja, Kano, and some few other places. Today, you cannot travel to any part of Nigeria with your eyes closed. You have to spend the night praying that God delivers you.

“If that’s the kind of Nigeria that Femi Adesina wants, then I pray to God to visit him with what the common people suffer daily in Nigeria.”

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Thu, 04 May 2023 06:33:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: South Sudan's U17 Team Disqualified From AFCON Tournament In Algeria https://belimedia.com.ng/South-sudan-u17-disqualified https://belimedia.com.ng/South-sudan-u17-disqualified South Sudan's U17 Team Disqualified From AFCON Tournament

South Sudan will now return home and won’t play any part in this competition. 

South Sudan's U-17 team has been disqualified from taking part in the U-17 AFCON tournament in Algeria. 

As many as Five (5) players in the squad failed the compulsory MRI test even though CAF made all rules clear before the start of the competition. 

South Sudan will now return home and won’t play any part in this competition. 

They were in Group C with Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Mali.

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Sun, 30 Apr 2023 08:47:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: LATE PAYMENT CHARGES & IBBULites Raises Alarm, Calls For Management To Withdraw Penalty For Paying Tution Fees Late, Alongside SUG's Interference https://belimedia.com.ng/ibbulites-raises-alarm-on-late-fees-charges https://belimedia.com.ng/ibbulites-raises-alarm-on-late-fees-charges The Students of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai in Niger State have reacted bitterly against the late registration fee allegedly imposed on them by the school authorities. The aggrieved students are opposing the idea of ₦5,000 payment for late registration as they decried the huge amount required for school fee amongst others.

Tha Management of IBB University Lapai on Thursday, released a memo after holding its 7th Executive Meeting on Wednesday, April 19th, 2023. In a doucment signed by the Academic Secretary of the Institution, Hajiya Amina Y. Ndako stated:

“I write to bring to the notice of all students (fresh and returning), parents and Guardians that the University Management at its 7th Executive Meeting held on Wednesday, 19th April, 2023 resolved that all late registration s will now attract a fee of Five Thousand (₦5,000:00k) naira.

“Similarly, students are advised to hasten all processes of registration for smooth academic activities.

“The University Management wishes you all the best in your academic endeavours.”

Hajiya Amina Y. Ndayako,

(Academic Secretary)

For: Registrar

The students found the latest development uncomfortable and have called on the President of the Student Union Government, IBBUL Chapter, Comrade Bin Adam to interfere as it'll be a hard tackle on them. They're as well calling on the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abu Kasim to review the decision and withdraw the late registration fees attached.

Speaking to Beli Media via phone call, a source who pleaded anonymity said: “This is unfair and it's a wrong timing. The school fee had just been increased recently and the students are still trying to cope amidst daily life challenges, and they're now imposing a compulsory late registration fee on us.”

“We are calling on the S.U.G to make sure this isn't implemented as it will do more harm than good on the students. The Management should be kind enough by withdrawing the penalty attached.”

Furthermore responding to a question by Beli Media correspondent on if the fees are being used for Capital Projects and major funding in the school. He said; “There is nothing to write home about, our lecture halls are not conducive for learning, Lecturers are always complaining for some of their allowances, most of the Projects in the school are proudly sponsored by TETFund. Why are they now hitting the students so hard in these trying times that we're currently facing in Nigeria? It's totally uncalled for.” he responded angrily.

“The less privileged students are striving so hard, their Parents are doing their possible best, many are orphans and many seek for loans from various bodies in the school to complete their registration, these loans are no longer accessible in the school. How do they want these Children to cope?” he added.

Commenting on the difficulties being experienced by students on the school registration portal while trying to carry out their registrations, he said: “The school registration portal is challenging and frustrating, many have been unable to access the portal and many have not been able to get their receipts even after completing their payments, this is a major challenge the students aren't finding easy.”

The University management led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abu Kasim recently increased the school's tution fee in which newly admitted students are asked to pay ₦86,000 and ₦170,000 for indigene and non indigene respectively. A sum considered to be outrageous by the students.

While the returning students pay ₦46,300 and ₦86,300 for indigene and non indigene respectively. Hostel fees for the Institution was also increased recently during the ongoing current Academic Session.

These insensitive hikes are consistent despite the fact that students have several other fees the institution imposes on them. Some of these compulsory fees include: Faculty dues, Department dues, GST dues and many many more.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2023 07:50:51 +0100 Jan Bulo
Whysekaay alongside F&Zanjous releases new hit https://belimedia.com.ng/whysekaay-and-fzanjous-releases-new-hit-41604 https://belimedia.com.ng/whysekaay-and-fzanjous-releases-new-hit-41604 Whysekaay and fast rising star F-Zanjous have released another hit single titled ‘African Girls’

The new release has also proven to be a blast as a storm, showering praises, words of love & support on African women.

When you think of an African woman, you must keep in mind that you are about to deal with an extraordinary woman with special characteristics that can go beyond your expectations.

While many people may assume that African women are serious in nature, they have a great sense of humor. They will not let you get bored in their company. They are also great partners, friends and they respect every member of their families.

You can trust them and they can prove to be secret keepers as well. You can always see them smiling, laughing and enjoying every bit of their life irrespective of the conditions they are living in. They know how to remain calm and keep their dear ones happy.

Download and enjoy ‘African Girls’ by Whysekaay and Fzanjous.

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Wed, 05 Apr 2023 07:24:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
What BREAKS the fast and what does NOT... https://belimedia.com.ng/what-breaks-the-fast-and-what-does-not https://belimedia.com.ng/what-breaks-the-fast-and-what-does-not What BREAKS the fast and what does NOT: 

1. Brushing teeth with toothpaste during the day (so long as it does not reach the stomach or throat)- does NOT break the fast

2. Using Miswak in the day (with no flavoring) - does NOT break the fast 

3. Using an asthma pump - does NOT break the fast 

4. Using oxygen pump/mask - does NOT break the fast 

5. Smelling perfume - does NOT break the fast 

6. Using lip balm - does NOT break the fast 

7. Using eye drops - does NOT break the fast 

8. Using nose drops (so long as it does not enter the stomach) - does NOT break the fast 

9. Using ear drops - does NOT break the fast 

10. Tasting food (only for necessity and not swallowing it) - does NOT break the fast 

11. Blood tests - does NOT break the fast 

12. Anesthetic (local or needle) - does NOT break the fast 

 

13. Wearing make up - does NOT break the fast 

14. Wearing kohl/eyeliner - does NOT break the fast 

15. Swallowing mucous from nose or saliva - does NOT break the fast 

16. Nose bleed - does NOT break the fast 

17. Removing a tooth or dentist procedure - does NOT break the fast 

18. Using mouth wash (so long as it is not swallowed or reaches the throat ) - does NOT break the fast (but better avoided) 

19. Taking insulin for diabetes - does NOT break the fast 

20. Suppositories - do NOT break the fast 

21. Having a wet dream in the day time (not on purpose) - does NOT break the fast 

22. Swimming and diving - does NOT break the fast 

23. Eating/drinking forgetfully - does NOT break the fast 

24. Vomiting involuntarily - does NOT break the fast

25. Intravenous nutrition (Parenteral nutrition- putting nutrients into blood through a needle) - BREAKS the fast

26/ Masturbating in the day time - BREAKSthe fast 

27. Deliberately vomiting - BREAKS the fast 

28. Smoking cigarettes/Vaping/Shisha - BREAKS the fast 

29. Accidentally swallowing a bit of water when making wudhu - does NOT break the fast (another opinion is to make it up without sin)

(Taken from the fatwas of the senior scholars)

Ramadan Kareem from all of us at Beli Media...

Taqabala llahu minna wa minkum.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2023 17:52:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
IG cancels posting of CP Feleye to Kano, deploys CP Kontagora to take charge https://belimedia.com.ng/igp-deploys-cp-ahmed-kontagora-to-kano https://belimedia.com.ng/igp-deploys-cp-ahmed-kontagora-to-kano The Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba has cancelled the deployment of Feleye Olaleye as Kano commissioner of police.

The IGP instead posted CP Ahmed Kontagora to lead the command during the Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.

On March 8, the IGP reversed the deployment of CP Balarabe Sule, a former chief security officer to the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, following protests over the officer’s alleged partisanship.

But in a signal released on Monday with reference number TH.5361/FS/FHQ/ABJ/SUB.6/144, the IGP maintains the posting of CP Ita Lazarus Uko-Udom to Kano Central, with DCP Umar Iya serving as his second-in-command.

Mr Alkali also maintained the posting of DCP Abdulkadir El-Jamel to supervise Albasu, Gaya, Rogo, Takai, Ajingi, Garko, Wudil and Sumaila Local Government Areas.

For Rano, Bebeji, Bunkure, Doguwa, Kiru, Kibiya Tudunwada Local Government Areas of Kano South, the IGP maintained the posting of DCP Adamu Ngojin.

The IGP also maintained the posting of DCP Abaniwonda Olufemi to Kano North, with ACP Adamu Sambo serving as his second-in-command.

According to the new signal, DCP Auwal Musa will maintain his position as DC CID, while DCP Aminu Maiwada is replaced with DCP Nuhu Darma as DC Operations at the Kano command.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2023 08:29:07 +0100 Jan Bulo
Early Morning Fire Razes Shops At Kano Singa Market https://belimedia.com.ng/early-morning-fire-razes-shops-at-kano-singa-market https://belimedia.com.ng/early-morning-fire-razes-shops-at-kano-singa-market The Kano State Fire Service has said that fire has gutted some improvised shops and the upper building of old Savannah Bank at Singer market in Kano.

According to a statement signed on Monday by the service Public Relations Officer, Saminu Abdullahi, disclosed that sad incidence started at about 02:18a.m

He revealed added that several temporary shops were completely razed by the fire, adding that the service was yet to ascertain the cause and total number of shops affected.

According to him, “We received a distress call in the midnight at about 02:18 a.m from one Sai’du Hamza that there was fire outbreak at the market which is in Fagge Local Government Area of the state.

He stated that after receiving the information,”we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicle to the scene of the incident at about 02:22 a.m to put off the fire so as not to affect other shops,“

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Mon, 13 Mar 2023 13:12:14 +0100 Jan Bulo
Chelsea Appoint Nigerian, Hassan Sulaiman As Head Coach https://belimedia.com.ng/chelsea-appoints-hassan-sulaiman https://belimedia.com.ng/chelsea-appoints-hassan-sulaiman English Premier League Club, Chelsea FC, has announced the appointment of Nigerian coach, Hassan Sulaiman, as the manager of the club’s developmental U-18 team.

Sulaiman, is a holder of a UEFA A coaching license, a license which can enable him become a coach of youth teams up to the age of 18, reserve teams of any top flight clubs and also a men’s professional team playing in the second division.

Having served as an U-16 coach of the club, the London College of Communication graduate, was placed on the interim basis as the manager of the U-18 on February 11, 2023.

He however, stepped up to take charge of the team on permanent basis after he impressed the club’s heirrachy, and was handed the position on permanent basis on March 10, 2023.

Announcing the offer, Chelsea through a statement on its official website appreciated the official who has been part of the club’s academy since 2008.

“Sulaiman has been part of the set-up in the Chelsea academy since 2008, climbing in the coaching ranks and taking on a number of roles,” club’s statement read.

“He stepped up to take charge of our Under-18s, having previously been the head coach at the Under-16s level.”

The Nigeria-English Tactician who preferred a 4-3-3 formation will now look to stepping up his game by helping his team win matches and titles.

A good return as the head coach of the U-18s, may just pave the way for the Nigerian towards securing a more lucrative offer elsewhere or climbing the Chelsea’s ladder.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2023 13:04:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
Governors Give Malami, Emefiele Tuesday Deadline To Obey Supreme Court https://belimedia.com.ng/governors-give-malami-and-emefiele-tuesday-deadline https://belimedia.com.ng/governors-give-malami-and-emefiele-tuesday-deadline State governments, which sued the Federal Government on the naira redesign policy, have given the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, till Tuesday to comply with the order of the Supreme Court on the currency.

The state governments threatened to file contempt charges against the two top officials on Tuesday should they fail to obey the apex court which ordered that the old ₦1,000, ₦500, and ₦200 should be in circulation alongside the new notes till December 31, 2023.

Over one week after the court handed down the order, the AGF, and the CBN have kept mum over the verdict. Their silence has emboldened Nigerians and businesses to reject the old notes as legal tender.

A news reporter reported on Friday that the Federal Government had been served with the enrolled order and Certified True Copy of the Supreme Court judgment ordering the use of old notes as legal tender for 10 months.

The counsel for Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara states, which dragged the Federal Government before the Supreme Court on the matter, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), disclosed that Malami was served with the enrolled order and the CTC of the judgment on Friday afternoon, adding that he expected immediate compliance with the judgment as the non-service of the documents had given the government and the CBN an escape route.

Mustapha said, “The Attorney-General of the Federation has been served now and we will take it up from there; if there is no compliance now, we will commence committal proceedings against the attorney-general and the CBN governor.”

But giving an update on the move to enforce compliance with the order of the apex court on Sunday, the Zamfara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Junaidu Aminu, revealed that since the Federal Government had refused to implement the judgment, the plaintiffs in the suit would approach the court again to ensure compliance with the court’s order.

States awaits FG

Aminu told reporters that the states would file contempt charges against the Federal Government on Tuesday.

He said, “We have just served the Attorney General of the Federation with the Certified True Copy of the Enrolled Order of the Supreme Court last Friday. We are waiting for them to respect the court’s decision on the naira notes and comply with the decision. If they fail to comply on Monday, we are filing our case on Tuesday.’

The AG insisted that Emefiele must address Nigerians on the naira notes issued on or before Monday (today), noting that “that is what Nigerians are waiting for.”

“If he fails to do so, we will go back to court again to sue him and the Federal Government on contempt charges,’’ he warned.

The Zamfara State justice commissioner explained that it was the duty of the AGF to direct the CBN governor to implement the court’s verdict on the naira notes.

Aminu further said, “The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is the one who should direct the CBN to comply with the Supreme Court’s verdict and allow the old naira notes to remain legal tender until December 31.”

Explaining why the CBN governor was not a party in the matter, he stated, “The matter is between some states and the Federal Government. The CBN governor is an ordinary civil servant who receives directives from the Federal Government.”

Speaking with Reporters on Sunday, Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN, said the state would align with other states on whatever legal steps would make the Federal Government comply with the Supreme Court judgment on the naira redesign and cash swap policy.

Apata said, “Definitely, we are all in the same boat and what is important to us is to ensure compliance with the court order. So, whatever we will do legally that will make the parties comply, we will align with it.

“Whatever that is going to be legally possible for us to achieve the aims and objectives of our going to court, we will align with other states.’’

C’Rivers back others In the same vein, the Cross River State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Tanko Ashang, said the state would join other states to sue the FG.

“Yes. You are aware we were part of the parties that took the Federal Government to Court. The state parties are together,” he said.

Also, the Kogi State Government affirmed that machinery had been set in motion to compel the CBN to comply with the judicial directive.

The state Commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, in a telephone chat with our correspondent explained that the plaintiffs in the suit including Kogi State had already commenced work on enforcing the judgment.

Commenting on the continued silence of the Federal Government on the order, the Rivers State Government said it was disturbing.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Finebone, who said this in an interview with a reporter, noted that it was important the FG made pronouncements on the Supreme Court order rather than keeping mum in the face of the suffering being experienced by the citizens.

“The way to go is clear. The Supreme Court has ruled that the old notes should remain valid as legal tender.

“So, I think what the Federal Government should have done is to come out to say yes, we have heard from the Supreme Court and we will give it everything to support the use of those old currencies until such a time as specified by the court judgment.”

On his part, the Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Titiloye, told reporters that together with other states, Ondo State would take steps to ensure compliance.

He, however, declared that the state would not hesitate to deal with people rejecting the old naira notes.

Currently, Titiloye disclosed that the government had been appealing and sensitising the people to the order of the Supreme Court on the matter.

He said, “We have taken a lot of steps: Last week, we visited banks informing them that no bank should reject the old notes. They must collect and they must disburse and we discovered that almost all of them complied.”

The AGF could not be reached for comment on his alleged refusal to obey the court order. Several calls to him and his media aide, Umar Gwandu, rang out.

Also, the CBN spokesman, Abdul Isa, was unreachable as calls to his line on Sunday indicated that it was switched off.

He had yet to respond to a text message on the failure of the apex bank to comply with the Supreme Court order as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, human rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN, has disclosed his intention to sue the CBN over its failure to disclose the number of new notes issued to commercial banks.

Sources reported that the senior lawyer had in line with the Freedom of Information Act written to the apex bank asking for the amount of new naira notes issued to commercial banks.

A letter from Falana Chambers signed by Femi Adedeji dated February 16, 2023, demanded that the CBN should provide details of how the new notes were disbursed to commercial banks.

Before this, the CBN had maintained that it printed sufficient new N200, N500, and N1,000 notes to go around, blaming politicians for hoarding the new notes.

In a Freedom of Information Act letter sent to the bank, Falana said, “Our attention has been drawn to your statement wherein you claimed that some unnamed politicians have mopped up the new naira notes made available to all commercial banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“We are compelled to request you to furnish us with information concerning the amount of the redesigned notes of N200, N500, and N1,000 denominations made available to each commercial bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Furthermore, we also request you to furnish us with the list of customers of the commercial banks who collected more than N100,000 approved by you from the commercial banks”.

However, speaking with one of our correspondents on Sunday, Falana noted that despite the FOI Act, which mandates the bank to provide the details within seven days, the apex bank had yet to furnish him with the requested information.

He said, “We reached out to them and we were told that they are still working on it. But I can assure you that they don’t have any information to give us. If they truly have any information, they would have written a reply.

“They had seven days in line with the FOI act. We will be using them if they fail to furnish us with the necessary information. The court will have to compel them to do so.

“People are suffering because of this naira policy. It is highly unfortunate and the truth is that the printing and minting company cannot print enough new naira notes that will be compared to the number of old naira notes that the CBN took away from circulation. That is the truth. They do not have that capacity. So why should they let people continue to suffer?”

In a related development, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has warned banks in the state against rejecting the notes as deposits and asked the CBN Osogbo Office to intervene.

Adeleke, who spoke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, in an interview with the news reporters said that the rejection of the old notes by banks was already creating tension in the state.

He said beyond forcing the people to accept the old notes for transactions, the refusal of the banks to accept the old currencies was unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum has decried the Federal Government and the CBN’s disobedience to the judgment of the Supreme Court on the naira redesign policy.

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation warned that such an act could snowball into anarchy in the country.

The ACF gave the warning in a statement by its National Secretary, Murtala Aliyu, released in Kaduna on Sunday.

The forum in the statement titled, ‘Supreme Court orders on naira redesign,’ said its stance was also in tandem with the state governors’ position on the naira redesign policy.

It cautioned the President, Major-General Muhammad Buhari (retd.) on the costly price he would pay over the unpopular policy.

The ACF said, “Some 10 days ago, the Supreme Court of Nigeria held that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, breached the Constitution of Nigeria in the way he issued a directive to the CBN for the redesign of the naira without consulting with the National Council of States and the Federal Executive Council.

“Whatever the CBN or anyone else says about the benefits of the policy, which are many, is of little comfort as soon as the highest court in the country has deemed that it is, or, at least the manner of its implementation, breaches the law.

 “Ten days is long enough time for the government to find its way towards complying with a court order which is central to the achievement of peace, order and good governance in the country.

“President Buhari is under oath to defend the constitution of Nigeria. As his long-term supporters, it will be remiss of us if we fail to warn that the much-touted benefits of the naira redesign can never justify the damage to his credential as a democrat and a stickler for the rule of law.

“This is quite apart from the real possibility of the crisis morphing into a serious social disorder leading to the possible breakdown of law and order throughout Nigeria. We do not believe nor can we advise him to pay such a heavy price on account of a policy whose immediate goals are not entirely clear to a majority of Nigerians.”

The Spiritual Director Catholic Adoration Chaplaincy Enugu, Reverend Fr Ejike Mbaka, has also asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the CBN policy, insisting that it was collapsing the economy.

Mbaka, who spoke in a homily at the Adoration Chaplaincy ground on Sunday, wondered why Buhari wished to bequeath unimaginable suffering and hardship on Nigerians as he was leaving office.

He said, “The President should leave the office with a good name. How can countrymen and women be crying as they are going out? If anybody advised you over such a dirty, rubbish, wicked and barbaric policy, why can’t you say I am the president and reverse it? What I want to say is that it is not good, the CBN Monetary Policy.

“Banks are closing, businesses are collapsing, industries are collapsing, do you want to kill Nigeria before you leave? If you want to make a cashless economy it will not be an instant order, it is not a military coup d’etat. It is supposed to be gradual by gradual.”

The fiery catholic priest stated that in a country where things work, when a new policy is introduced, the government will pilot it and give incentives to the first people to embrace it.

Mbaka categorically stated that Nigerian banks are not technically ready for a cashless economy, adding “sometimes when you make a transfer your account will be debited without being credited and when you complain, they will ask you to go to the bank. When you get to the bank, they will ask you to write a letter and come back after three weeks.’’

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Mon, 13 Mar 2023 06:11:18 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Banks Resume Paying Nigerians Old ₦500, ₦1000 Notes https://belimedia.com.ng/atms-across-nigeria-resume-dispensing-of-old-naira-notes https://belimedia.com.ng/atms-across-nigeria-resume-dispensing-of-old-naira-notes Following the Supreme Court judgment, which extended the validity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency redesign policy to December, some deposit money banks have started paying out the old notes.

Reports are emerging that some commercial banks in the City of Kano and Abuja have commenced paying out the old N500 and N1000 notes.

While some branches of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) issued out old notes, some others like Polaris bank in Abuja had not commenced as of the time this report was filed.

A member of staff confided that only the old N200 notes were still being issued, “as we do not have any new directive on what to do yet.”

Sources at GTB said they received a directive from their management to begin paying old notes in their vault.

“The problem is that taking the old notes from customers will require the CBN form as we don’t have any directive in that regard,” the source said.

As of the time of this report, the press were unable to confirm if the CBN had officially issued a bank-wide circular instructing the Deposit money bank to comply.

Economic experts have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to obey the judgment on the validity of the old naira notes.

An economist, Paul Alake, had said there needs to be more clarity on how the old N500 and N1000 notes return into circulation.

He said the judgment would not be impactful if the old Notes were not released by the CBN back into the banking system.

“If the money is not released in the financial sector by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the judgment may not have any effect.”

In a unanimous judgement, a seven-member panel of justices presided by Justice Inyang Okoro, on Friday, held that the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the redesigning and withdrawal of old notes of N200, N500 and N1,000, without consultation with the states, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National Council of State and other stakeholders, was unconstitutional.

The apex court observed that no reasonable notice was given before the implementation of the policy as provided under the CBN Act.

Details later….

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Mon, 06 Mar 2023 15:33:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
INEC Chairman Yakubu, Emefiele Meet Amid Naira Scarcity https://belimedia.com.ng/inec-chaiman-meets-emefiele https://belimedia.com.ng/inec-chaiman-meets-emefiele In his address, the INEC boss noted that the meeting was because of the apex bank's unique role in the conduct of elections.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday, attended a meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Yakubu was accompanied by 11 INEC National Commissioners.

In his address, the INEC Chairman noted that the meeting was because of the apex bank’s unique role in the conduct of elections. However, this meeting is particularly focused on the recent cash withdrawal policy of the CBN.

In November 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the redesigned N200, N500, N1,000, restating the CBN’s plans to end the circulation of the old notes by January 31, 2023. It however extended the deadline to February 10.

The INEC boss said the Commission is challenged by this policy as there exist lots of services the Commission must render with cash.

According to him, most of the logistics services that would be needed in the elections would be rendered by the unbanked, and relying on cash payment.

Yakubu added that he is in the meeting to discuss with the CBN governor about how best to address the situation.

In his response, Emefiele reiterated the CBN’s longstanding support for INEC, adding that it will continue to do so.

He assured the Commission that because of the premium the CBN placed on the elections, the CBN will make whatever is needed available for INEC to pay for its logistics.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2023 17:12:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
Insecurity: Taraba Monarch Confirms Finding Decomposed Bodies Of His Kidnapped Wives, Five Children https://belimedia.com.ng/taraba-monarch-finds-decomposed-bodies https://belimedia.com.ng/taraba-monarch-finds-decomposed-bodies The Chief of Mutumbiyu Justices Chiefdom in Taraba State, Justice Sani Muhammed (rtd), says the decomposed bodies of his two abducted wives and five children have been found.

The monarch said that the bodies were discovered early Saturday morning and would be buried at Mutumbiyu.

The bodies of my family members killed by kidnappers was found and will be brought to Mutumbiyu,” he said.

Eight family members of the Monarch were abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers at his Jalingo residence two weeks ago.

But a 14-year-old boy among the abducted families of the monarch escaped from the kidnappers two days ago and was taken to the palace.

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Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:42:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
Another Kano Tik&Tok Skit Maker, Murja Kunya, Arrested by Police https://belimedia.com.ng/murja-kunya-arrested https://belimedia.com.ng/murja-kunya-arrested A popular comedy skit maker, Murja Kunya, has been arrested by the police at Tahir Hotel in Kano.

The police arrested her while trying to book rooms for her guests who came from far and near for her much-publicised birthday.

In September last year, a Sharia court had written to the Kano State Commissioner of Police to arrest and investigate Miss Kunya alongside other TikTokers for corrupting the morals of the society.

Other TikTokers included in the letter are Mr 442, Safara’u, Dan Maraya, Amude Booth, Kawu Dan Sarki, Ado Gwanja, Ummi Shakira, Samha Inuwa and Babiana

“Sequel to the complaint lodged by Muhd Ali Hamza Esq, Abba Mahmud, Esq, Sunusi I. Umar Esq, Abba, A.T Bebeji Esq, B.I Usman Esq, Muhd Nasir Esq, L.T Dayi Esq, G.A Badawi & Badamasi Suleiman Gandu Esq, I am directed by the presiding Upper Sharia Court Judge, Bichi Division Kano to write and kindly request you to conduct investigation against the above mentioned suspects for proper action,” the letter read in par

In November last year, a Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano sentenced two young men, Mubarak Isa and Nazifi Bala, to 20 strokes of cane and 30 days community service for making a TikTok comedy skit on the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Mubarak (Uniquepikin)

The defendants, whose age and addresses were not provided by the court,  were convicted on two-count charge bordering on defamation of character and inciting public disturbance.

Senior Magistrate Aminu Gabari sentenced the duo to 20 strokes of cane and 30 days community service, including sweeping and washing toilets of the court complex at Noman’s Land.

Mr Gabari also ordered the convicts to pay additional N20,000 fine each, make a video on social media and tender apology to Mr Ganduje.

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Sun, 29 Jan 2023 13:51:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: President Muhammadu Buhari Orders Nigerian Security Printing And Minting In Abuja, Nigeria To Massively Produce The New Naira Notes And The CBN To Supervise Its Circulation To All Parts Of Nigeria. https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-orders-cbn https://belimedia.com.ng/buhari-orders-cbn President Muhammadu Buhari orders Nigerian Security Printing and Minting in Abuja, Nigeria to massively produce the new naira notes and the CBN to supervise its circulation to all parts of Nigeria. 

President Buhari just met Godwin Emefiele and gave him these directives.

Details shortly...

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Sun, 29 Jan 2023 13:30:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: FFK Threatens To Expose Those Behind New Naira Notes Chaos https://belimedia.com.ng/ffk-threatens-oppositions https://belimedia.com.ng/ffk-threatens-oppositions Former Minister of Aviation and Spokesman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has threatened to expose those behind the new naira notes choas.

Reacting to CBN's extension of the usage of old naira notes on Sunday via his Twitter handle, FFK said;

“The President has ordered the deadline for the submission of old naira notes to be extended by 2 weeks. This will lessen the tension and pain of the people and strengthen the democratic process and the legitimacy of the coming election.”

“This proves that Asiwaju's comments in Abeokuta were appropriate and our collective warnings were taken seriously. Thankfully we have a listening and receptive President who had the courage to direct the CBN Governor and those that are behind him to do the right thing.”

“The APC cannot be divided or defeated by a group of PDP sympathisers embedded in certain institutions in the system fighting for the interest of Atiku and his carpet baggers, crooked business partners and goons. Like I said before the cat is out of the bag, we know who you are and we will soon publicly expose you and your collaborators by name.”

“Nigeria will never fall back into the clutches of the PDP and Asiwaju will be our next President whether you like it or not.”

“Live with this and know peace.”

“Oppose it and feel the pain.”

-Femi Fani Kayode

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Sun, 29 Jan 2023 13:10:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
Tech I Can't Live Without.......And Its Effect https://belimedia.com.ng/tech-i-cant-live-without https://belimedia.com.ng/tech-i-cant-live-without By Habiba Saleh

The concept of technology is broader than just computers, as technology touches everything that humans do, as it links with daily life and society. there's no doubt that technology has made life simple and easier. Some years back, people wouldn't have thought that a day will come when technology will create gadgets that assists humans in their daily activities. Nowadays, life has become very dependent on technological gadgets, they provide us with entertainment and as means of communication to the rest of the world, we have revolutionized the way we live through a tremendous amount of technological advancement. 

Today, mobile phones, tablets and computers have made connections around the globe in order to make task easy. We can transfer and receive pictures, videos and documents over the internet.

Technologically advanced machines like washing machines, dishwashers, cleaning robots and various smart appliances have made life comfortable for humans, also, students no longer stress themselves for studies, they now use various platforms in order to read and understand their courses better, there’s also availability of online degrees and certificate, and alot more.

However

Upon all the easy tasks technology has made, it still has its side effects on humans which is:

The advance technological appliances and applications have also made people lazy and turned them into couch potatoes, they've lost the connection with nature and it's building a strong wall between humans physically e.g with friends, families and so on. They hardly need to do their day to day activities by themselves and have became physically unfit. The negative effect of technology has reached to some extent that

if someone loses his phone, it feels as if they have lost one of their organs. From the looks of, life without technology, things seems impossible today, but, one must try to balance the both its positive and negative side of technology in order to balance his time, cause it really makes us lose track of time.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 06:37:55 +0100 Jan Bulo
ELECTION: A Personal Expression https://belimedia.com.ng/election-as-a-personal-expression https://belimedia.com.ng/election-as-a-personal-expression By Idris Shaawanatu Adam

Election contributes greatly to democratic governance. Direct democracy (a form of government in which political decisions are made directly by a group of competent citizens) is unrealistic in most modern societies. 

So this brings about democracy. Democratic government is run by representatives and Elections allow voters to choose leaders and hold them accountable for their performance in office. Where elected leaders do not care whether they are re-elected, or where one political party or coalition is so dominant for historical or other reasons that voters choose to favor another candidate, party, or policy.

If you can't practically choose between the two, accountability may suffer. Nonetheless, the possibility of controlling leaders through the obligation to submit to regular and regular elections helps solve the problem of leadership succession and thus contributes to the survival of democracy. Besides, The highly competitive electoral process forces candidates and political parties to subject their achievements and future aspirations to public scrutiny, and elections serve as a forum to debate public issues and facilitate the expression of public opinion.

 In this way, elections help educate citizens politically and ensure that democratic governments respond to the will of the people. They also help justify the actions of those in power. This function is also partially fulfilled through non-competitive elections.

Elections also strengthen the stability and legitimacy of political communities. Like national holidays that commemorate shared experiences, elections bring citizens together and affirm the viability of communities. Elections therefore help promote social and political integration.

Finally, elections serve a self-fulfilling purpose, affirming the worth and dignity of individual citizens as human beings.

Regardless of what else a voter needs, participating in elections helps boost voter self-esteem. Voting gives people a chance to express themselves and fulfill their need for affiliation by taking sides. Even not voting satisfies some people's need to demonstrate that they are alienated from the political community. For these very reasons, the long struggle for the right to vote and the demand for equal participation in elections can be seen as an expression of a deep human desire for personal growth.

Elections, whether in authoritarian or democratic regimes, have a ritual aspect. The election and the campaign that precedes it are dramatic events with rallies, banners, posters, buttons, headlines and television coverage, all of which draw attention to the importance of attending the event. Candidates, political parties, and interest groups representing various goals evoke symbols of nationalism or patriotism, reform or revolution, past glory or future promise. Elections, regardless of their particular national, regional, or local variation, break the monotony of everyday life and draw attention to our common destiny by arousing emotions and channeling them into collective symbols.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 06:27:54 +0100 Jan Bulo
Education: The Passport To The Future https://belimedia.com.ng/education-is-the-future https://belimedia.com.ng/education-is-the-future By Aisha Salisu Ibrahim

Education is the process of receiving or given systematic instruction, particularly at school or university. The main purpose of education is to receive and also teach others about things they don’t know or have limited knowledge on.

To impact knowledge, there are basically three types of education which include:

i. Formal education: This type of education usually takes place in the premises of the school, where a person may learn basic academic or trade skills. Additionally, formal education involves different stages. Children usually start from Nursery school to Primary then secondary or high school and then university. Others can decide to further their studies from here.

ii. The second type of education is the Informal Education, unlike the first process, this method focuses on practical and real life experiences e.g. it may be a parent teaching a child how to prepare a meal or ride a bicycle. Informal education is when you are not studying in a school and do not use any particular method of learning. It involves practical knowledge, mobilization of local resources, real life experiences etc.

And lastly, we have the Non formal education. This is imparted consciously and deliberately and also systematically implemented. In other words, it involves very long process, learning from experience and also work. In non formal education, someone (who is not in school) can learn literacy and other basic skills or job skills.

So from the above, we can safely say that the idea of education includes more than just reading books and also receiving scholarly knowledge. Although books are necessary components in Education but practical experiences are also very important. Education need not solely consist of reading books. 

One of the main objectives of education is to make reading and writing easier for people. Reading and writing are the first steps to literacy. Numerous options for development and success are made available by education. Education generally leads to a more mellow and assured personality. 

The discipline and awareness of time importance are traits of educated people. Being educated enables one to express oneself and voice their opinions freely. 

Education also serves the community as much as the individual. The spreading of education from one person to another, then throughout society, and finally across the nation should be encouraged because a well-educated person tries to impact and uplift everyone he or she comes into contact with.

Additional Education and being knowledgeable also keeps one updated on technical breakthroughs, therefore making the person ready to adapt to the technological advancements.

And finally, education is a source of hope and also leads to the yearning for a better life, prosperity and freedom from poverty.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 06:22:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
BANDITRY IN NIGERIA https://belimedia.com.ng/banditry-in-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/banditry-in-nigeria By Hajara Gwadabe

In Nigeria today, the case of banditry and insecurity is growing on a frightening rate, virtually every single day when you open the pages of newspaper, there are shattering headline reports on one case of kidnap or another in the north-west region of Nigeria, in fact the north-west region has become the hot belt of kidnapping and banditry. Northern Nigeria is now the new hub for banditry and kidnappings. The roads which are the most used process of transportation have become completely unsafe. 

In roads like that of Niger, Kaduna, Abuja, Birnin Gwari, Zamfara, and lots more, stories of kidnap incidences and armed banditry have become daily routine. By critically assessing the trajectory and history of insecurity in northern Nigeria and even Nigeria at large, one will realise that the root causes hover around some factors which if not confronted heads on would continue to fuel these seemingly unquenchable crises. At this moment thousands of innocent people were abducted and tons of schools are closed. Over $18 million was paid as ransom in Nigeria between January 2011 and March 2020. In 28th march 2022 more than 160 people have been missing since the Kaduna-Abuja railway attack, some out of the persons kidnapped regained freedom. The attack which occurred on 28th march left some people dead and others injured while some of the passengers went missing. Day in day out the bandits are becoming more bold, in an audacious move to show that they have actually arrived, the bandits threaten to kidnap the kaduna state governor and the president himself. If there is anything that should wake our consciousness is this boldness and audacity to even have the guts to threaten the president, where are we going in this nation? What is the hope? What is the way out?

Banditry has affected many things and people like women, children, education, agriculture, the country’s image and much more in so many ways.

EFFECTS OF BANDITRY ON WOMEN

Banditry in Nigeria has tremendous effects on women. It has made so many of them become widows when they least anticipated it. It has thrown some into untold hardship as their breadwinners were taken away from them by force. Some of these women have died in the process. The worst thing that you can do to a woman is to rape her. The trauma that rape causes them is everlasting. You can then imagine what the bandits do to these women when they rape them. They do not only rape them but also rape their daughters alongside. These rapes happen in the presence of their husbands and fathers. The atrocity that bandits commit in Nigeria is enormous.

EFFECTS OF BANDITRY ON EDUCATION

Banditry in Nigeria has forced the government to shut down some schools in the areas where the bandits operate. The government does this because bandits kidnap young schoolchildren that attend these schools. To secure the life of others, the government has to close the schools. Thus, banditry in Nigeria threatens the educational system of Nigeria. You can imagine what happens when Nigeria exists without a functional educational system. This is what bandits are trying to do to Nigeria.

EFFECTS OF BANDITRY ON AGRICULTURE

Banditry in Nigeria jeopardizes the Nigerian agricultural system. Agriculture in Nigeria does not only produce food for Nigerians but also produces raw materials for Nigerian industries. When banditry kills farmers and forces those that are alive out of their farm settlement areas, the agricultural system crumbles. Thus, banditry in Nigeria is a threat to the industrial development of Nigeria. For this reason, Nigerians and the government should try their possible best to stop banditry in Nigeria. Banditry in Nigeria does no one any good.

EFFECTS OF BANDITRY ON CHILDREN

Banditry in Nigeria is a plan of the devil to exterminate Nigeria. This is so because it tries to destroy Nigerian children who are the future of Nigeria. As banditry in Nigeria destroys the future of Nigerian children, it destroys the future of Nigeria. Nigeria is a country that is still developing. It cannot develop without educating its youths. The effort of the federal government to educate every Nigerian child cannot be realized because of banditry. Bandits kidnap innocent schoolchildren and put fear into intending ones. The result is Nigeria without educated youths.

Banditry in Nigeria has made many Nigerian children become orphans. These innocent children suffer from the cradle. They have nobody to bring them up. Banditry throws them into confusion as bandits take their parents away from them. This is not good enough for Nigerian children.

Here are some solutions to avoid banditry in Nigeria:

PROVIDE COMMUNITY POLICE

Community police are a necessity here because they know the terrain better than any other person does. One thing that has made banditry prevail in the north is the vast forest there. Strangers do not know the forest hinterland that members of the community know. The major work of the community police is to spot where the bandits are residing. Once they discover their camps, they will now report to the police who will do the rest.

PROVIDE JOBS

Joblessness is one thing that is causing banditry in Nigeria. Bandits are able-bodied persons who can work. If they have something doing, they will quit banditry. Therefore, one solution to banditry in Nigeria is the provision of jobs. The governments and all capable Nigerians should create jobs for Nigerian youths. The Nigerian culture believes in working hard to earn a living. It is not in our culture to steal and kill others.

ADDRESS POVERTY

Let the governments and wealthy Nigerians create poverty alleviation programmes. Let the government think of paying a token to the unemployed. The poor steal. No one steals what he can buy. Bandits engage in banditry because they need money. It is for this reason that they kidnap people for ransom. Should they have such money free, they would not go into kidnapping. Let us then think of a way of giving them the money without kidnapping others. The wealthy should learn their lesson here. They are the targets of bandits. If you look at what bandits are doing critically, you would see that they are trying to bring everybody to the same level of poverty. They only kidnap those who can give them millions. Instead of allowing them to reduce the high, let the high bring the low up.

TIGHTEN SECURITY ON OUR BORDERS

The security on our borders should be constricted. Let the government employ more people to operate our borders. The security agents should be well trained and well paid to prevent bribery. Let the government give Nigerian valid ID cards for true identification. Anybody living in Nigeria without valid documents should be repatriated. Any Nigerian who crosses the border should be well monitored and checked when coming back to avoid coming into Nigeria with the unwanted. Well-trained security agents know what to do at the borders this, banditry in Nigeria will stop for a good.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 06:15:39 +0100 Jan Bulo
CBN cash withdrawal limit begins today https://belimedia.com.ng/withdrawal-limit-begins-today https://belimedia.com.ng/withdrawal-limit-begins-today The Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy on restriction on daily cash withdrawal takes off across the country today, Monday, January 9.

In this arrangement, the maximum weekly limit for cash withdrawals across all channels by individuals and corporate organisations is now N500,000 and N5 million, respectively. Individuals or organisations that have a compelling need to withdraw above the approved limits to transact legitimate businesses will have to pay a processing fee of three per cent and five per cent respectively.

The financial institutions are also expected to obtain the following information from the customer, at the minimum, and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose: Valid means of identification of the payee (National ID, International Passport, or Driver’s License); Bank Verification Number of the payee; Tax Identification Number of both the payee and the payer; Approval in writing by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the financial institution authorising the withdrawal.

It was reported that the CBN ordered Deposit Money Banks not to pay customers making over-the-counter withdrawals of new naira notes again.

Instead, the apex bank directed the banks to load their Automated Teller Machines with only new notes to ensure that the currency circulates across the nation ahead of the January 31, 2023 deadline when the old notes will no longer be legal tender.

It was gathered that the apex bank issued the directive to the banks on Wednesday and ordered that the implementation must begin immediately.

However, as of Friday, the banks had not been able to comply with the directive as they complained of inadequate supply of the new notes, prompting them to load their ATMs with the old notes.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2023 10:50:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Herdsmen Attack Train Station, Abduct Passengers in Edo https://belimedia.com.ng/Herdsmen-attack-train-station https://belimedia.com.ng/Herdsmen-attack-train-station Armed men suspected fo be herdsmen on Saturday attacked the Igueben train station in Edo State, kidnapping many passengers in the process.

The victims were waiting to board a train from Igueben in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State prior to the attack.

The incident also left many of the travelers with varying degrees of injuries on Saturday night.

Confirming the incident, the Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the gunmen carried out the attack bearing AK-47 weapons.

He said;

“This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023 at about 1600hrs, unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the train station at Igueben, Edo State and kidnapped unspecified number of passengers who were waiting to board the train to Warri.

“The kidnappers who shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers left some persons with bullet wounds.

“The Area Commander Irrua, DPO Igueben Division, and men have visited the scene of crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers.

“Bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated.”

The latest incident calls to mind the March 28, 2022 attack on a Kaduna bound train from Abuja by terrorists.

The attack left scores many dead, injured, while scores were abducted.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2023 07:17:58 +0100 Jan Bulo
The Need To Revive Environmental Sanitation In Kano State https://belimedia.com.ng/environmental-sanitation-in-kano https://belimedia.com.ng/environmental-sanitation-in-kano by Muhsin Ado Muhammad

Ahmad Sulaiman’s face is cheerless as he continues to grapple with thoughts of how poor sanitation and adequate hygiene bother his community. Ahmad lives in one of the densely populated communities in Nassarawa LGA, Unguwar Gaya, in Kano State. Not only does he lament that their community efforts are all in vain, but he is not hopeful about the well-being of his community in the coming years.

Sanitation and proper hygiene have been among the critical focus areas for governments at all levels in Nigeria. Hence, prominent international organizations carrying out activities across developing countries have factored these challenges into their projects and programs.

Organizations like United Nations Children Emergency and Fund (UNICEF) have been present in Nigeria for decades delivering projects in child health and WASH. The priority given to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is so because poor hygiene and sanitation advance the spread of killer communicable diseases such as Cholera, Diarrhea, Typhoid, etc. Moreover, it allows for the continuity of Malaria, a disease Nigeria has grappled with for a long time.

For Ahmad, the dream of having a disease-free community continues to run farther as they continue to chase after it. For over a year, his neighbor’s soak-away pit has filled up to its brink, releasing some of its contents to an open culvert close to it in his community.

Sanitation has deteriorated over the years due to negligence. It is the responsibility of both citizens and the government to have a clean environment. He admits that “passing by the open is extremely excruciatingly nauseating and terrifying, not to talk of neighboring the area”.

In the past administrations, Kano State has formally declared every last Saturday of the month for general cleaning of markets, motor parks, culverts, hospitals and surroundings around communities with strict restrictions on movement. The session ends by 10:00 am, and it’s almost always expected that proper sanitation of surroundings is effectively discharged – dumping of refuse is executed correctly, and drainages are cleared, among others.

People like Ahmad have now become more aware of the utmost importance of hygiene and are more responsible in ensuring they keep tidy surroundings to combat diseases. However, the current overflow of a soak-away neighboring dramatically contributes to environmental and health menaces that his community battles.

“Every member of this neighborhood is at risk of contracting a health problem. Even passers-by are not spared of the stinking smell coming out of the unkempt soak-away”, he said. The pit also leads to an open culvert linked to many houses around his community. Hence, the danger of the odd combination is incomprehensible.

“I have tendered complaints to the mayor of the community countless times. It has been over one year, and nothing has been done. Tenants occupy the houses, and I have observed that they don’t really care about the impact of what their negligence would cause,” he admitted. Upon understanding the dangers associated with improper sanitation by the tenants, he also proceeded to meet them one-on-one, but that hasn’t been helpful either.

Tenants occupy a significant number of houses around the area, which is why there are numerous hygiene and sanitation problems. However, he explains that “only a few people are concerned about the health impacts of overflowing soak-away and refuge problems. This is because tenants often feel it is the responsibility of house owners to take care of such things rather than themselves”.

Towards the end of July, Ahmad’s concern rose due to the anticipated heavy rainfall and possible flooding by the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), which he believed could deteriorate their health plight because of the unkempt soak-away pit. He then, together with a friend, who is also his neighbor, collaborated and submitted a written complaint to the Kano State Ministry of Health through the office of its secretary.

Only after their report did the ministry of health sent officials to their neighborhood to check the extent of the problem. Because the property belongs to tenants, the officials from the hospital that visited said that “if they didn’t repair it, they would sell some part of the house that will be equivalent to the money to repair the hazardous soak-away for them since they are not ready to take any action”. As I speak, the soak-away pit is as it is now. Ahmad tried to call the officials again, but they couldn’t respond to him or come back to the community and take the action they intended.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2023 04:45:48 +0100 Jan Bulo
The Menace Of Kidnapping In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/kidnapping-in-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/kidnapping-in-nigeria by Aisha Lawal Ahmad

Kidnapping is a crime that affects people from all walks of life, including wealthy business people, expatriates, and ordinary citizens. 

Kidnapping has been a significant problem in Nigeria for many years. Kidnappers in Nigeria often demand large ransoms for the release of their victims, and there have been numerous instances where victims have been killed even after ransoms have been paid which is so unfortunate. They make use of SMS cards that are not fully registered which will hinder the security from knowing where the call or message comes from.

This will link us to the case of abductees that happened in the Kaduna to Abuja train where people were maltreated to the extent that some need urgent medication but that was not given to them and some died as the result of the incident that happened.

In some cases, kidnapping is carried out for political or ideological reasons. For example, the case of Haneefa that got abducted by their school principal, there was no specific reason that was given on why he kidnapped the girl.

Some repentant kidnappers when sharing their life on how they find themselves into this act, their answer is as result of unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, etc.

The Nigerian government has taken a number of steps to address the problem of kidnapping, including increasing funding for law enforcement agencies and passing legislation that imposes tougher penalties on kidnappers. However, the problem persists and it is important for individuals in Nigeria to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves.

From the side of individuals, people should be cautious on people they interact with especially strangers and if there is any sign, the security personnel should be your first contact through the emergency code.

While the government should create job opportunities for its citizens, increase the number of security personnel and also the force should work hand in hand with respective dignitaries in the country, since most of their hideouts are in the forest, the government should provide effective border control in all the country, and having linked the NIN with SMS cards, it will help in tracking the owner of that particular sim.

Lastly, the government and the citizens should work hand in hand in keeping the society safe for the sake of having the peace and unity in our country Nigeria.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2023 04:36:42 +0100 Jan Bulo
The Need For Robotic Reporting In Nigerian Media https://belimedia.com.ng/the-need-for-robotic-reporting https://belimedia.com.ng/the-need-for-robotic-reporting by Khadija Ahmad Bayero

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the media industry, with many journalists and media organizations experimenting with new technologies to improve the speed and accuracy of their reporting. The adoption of robotic reporting in Nigeria has been slower than in other countries, but some media organizations are beginning to investigate the potential benefits of using AI in their newsrooms.

Robotic reporting, or the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in journalism, has the potential to revolutionize the Nigerian media landscape. One advantage of using AI in journalism is quickly generating accurate and up-to-date news reports, which can be especially useful in fast-paced situations like breaking news events. Furthermore, robotic reporting can assist media organizations in reducing their reliance on human reporters, allowing them to scale their operations more efficiently. However, there are concerns about the potential for AI to displace human workers and the need for media organizations to ensure that AI is used ethically and transparently.

The ability to quickly produce accurate and up-to-date news is one advantage of robotic reporting. In fast-paced situations such as breaking news events, AI can assist media organizations in keeping up with the flow of information and ensuring timely and accurate reporting. Furthermore, robotic reporting can help reduce human reporters' workload, potentially allowing media organizations to scale their operations more efficiently.

However, there are concerns about the potential impact of AI on human employment in the media industry. Some fear that the use of AI will result in job displacement and a loss of diversity in newsrooms. It is critical for Nigerian mediao rganizations to consider these concerns and take steps to ensure that the use of AI is ethical and transparent.

Overall, the future of robotic reporting in Nigeria is unknown, but it is clear that AI and automation have the potential to transform the country's media landscape.

As more media organizations begin to experiment with these technologies, it will be critical to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of using AI in journalism and ensure that their use is ethical and transparent. 

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Thu, 05 Jan 2023 23:48:16 +0100 Jan Bulo
Drug Addiction: Illicit Use Of Drugs https://belimedia.com.ng/illicit-use-of-drugs https://belimedia.com.ng/illicit-use-of-drugs by Alhaqatu Bawa Habib

Addiction is a disease that has an epidermal impact on the brain and behavior. Substance addiction makes it unable to resist the impulse to use the drug, regardless of how harmful it may be. Not just heroin, cocaine, or other illegal narcotics are involved in drug addiction. Alcohol, nicotine, sleep aids, anti-anxiety drugs, and other legal substances can all cause addiction. The youths nowadays think that only the hard substances causes addiction but the answer is no because the drugs they use frequently also cause addiction e.g Smoking Weed whenever they feel happy or angry can cause addiction due to the frequent use of these drugs.

First of all You could initially decide to use a medication because you enjoy how it makes you feel. You could believe that you have control over how much and how frequently you use it. However, medicines over time affect how your brain functions. These physical alterations may persist for a very long period. They cause you to lose control and may trigger negative behaviors. 

Changes to your Brain

Because of the way your brain is built, you naturally desire to repeat positive experiences. You're inspired to perform them repeatedly as a result. 

The reward system in your brain is the target of potentially addictive medications. They saturate your brain with the drug dopamine. This causes a strong sense of pleasure. To maintain that high, you keep using the substance.

Your brain is wired to make you want to repeat experiences that make you feel good. So you’re motivated to do them again and again. The drugs that may be addictive target your brain’s reward system. They flood your brain with a chemical called dopamine. This triggers a feeling of intense pleasure. You keep taking the drug to chase that high.

Over time, your brain gets used to the extra dopamine. So you might need to take more of the drug to get the same good feeling. And other things you enjoyed, like food and hanging out with family, may give you less pleasure.

When you use drugs for a long time, it can cause changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well. They can hurt your:

-Judgment

-Decision-making

-Memory

-Ability to learn

Together, these brain changes can drive you to seek out and take drugs in ways that are beyond your control.

PREVENTION

To prevent accidental overdoses, medications, even over-the-counter pain relievers and vitamins, must be kept in a safe, secure place. Intentional overdoses are harder to prevent, unless the underlying problems are addressed. Unintentional, illicit drug overdose is a serious problem best avoided by getting the person away from access to the illicit drug.

People with certain mental illnesses need the help of family and friends to assist with medication therapy and to lend social support. Drug users also need this same support in order to stay clean and safe.

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Thu, 05 Jan 2023 23:22:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Journalism In The Era Of Digital Technology https://belimedia.com.ng/journalism-using-digi-tech https://belimedia.com.ng/journalism-using-digi-tech By Rabi'atu Amin Adam

Digital technologies have charted revolutionary changes in journalism and fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging its privileged role as gatekeepers of news and entertainment.

There are some scholars with the opinion that journalism is dead. Their argument stem from the fact that new technology of communication such as social media is blurring the line of traditional mass communication power and functions.

In reality, journalism is not dead rather it is changing as a result of new technology. Historically, what makes the field of mass communication, and journalism, as one of its genres is the evolving nature of the field, courtesy of technology. Technology has always been the propeller of the growth in the media industry and journalism. 

There were similar arguments about the propensity of magazine killing newspaper, when magazine was first established. Similar line of argument was also promoted as a result of evolution of television, thinking it will replace radio. However, the traditional media of communication have embraced one another with each leveraging on the strength of the other.

The advent of new technology of communication has converged all the traditional mass media. Convergence of mass media means journalism practice has to also change. This is necessitated, partly, due to the migratory nature of mass media audience. No doubt, in journalism the audience is king. Contents are produced for the satisfaction of the audience. Today, the majority of mass media audience are on social media. Any journalist worth their union should also embrace this reality. Content are now produced not for one single platform but multiple media platforms. There is high level of multimedia content production as a result of convergence. 

The way society consumes news and content has changed dramatically in the last decade. Never in human history have we been more connected, a testament to the advantages of a new, exciting digital age. The internet allows us to connect with everyone in the world in seconds, smartphones are supercomputers with high definition video capabilities in our pockets. Journalists no longer need to wait until the papers print to get eyes on their reporting, instead utilizing the ability to instantly write, record and distributes. Desktops have been replaced by laptops and notebook computers, the internet has created vast new sources of content linked around the world.

As technology advances, news outlets continue to rely on journalists to cover everything from breaking news to local event, including forums on public policy, board of education meetings, and elections, technology may be shaping the future of journalism, but it wont replace the need for qualified, experienced reporters, and also the digital technology era, the internet and social networks have given audiences and media sources the power to become media themselves.

Finally, in a technical sense, today all media are digital, the information are recorded and processed digitally.

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Fri, 30 Dec 2022 20:22:24 +0100 Jan Bulo
The Problems Of Cybercrime In Nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/problems-of-cybercrime-in-nigeria https://belimedia.com.ng/problems-of-cybercrime-in-nigeria By Hauwa Abba Abdullahi

We are living in a computerized world where everything has now been taken to the world. Weather it is putting away information or gaining admittance to data, we look for help from the web to finish things. The developing association in the digital world conveys us inclined to digital intimidations.

Cybercrime is a crime that involves using a computer network. This crime is mostly carried out by programmers who wants to make money. Cybercrime aims to destroy computers or networks in order to make benefit. There’s no doubt that in affirming that digital crimes are expanding at exponent rate. The hackers of the internet are encroaching into web user’s very own data and taking advantage of it for their benefit. Common form of cybercrime includes; using fake email message to get personal information from web users, misusing personal information, password sniffing, breach of access etc. 

A cyber security group, Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has estimated that Nigeria loses about N127 billion to cybercrimes yearly to internet blackmails, a sum which constitute 0.08% of Nigerians Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a report has discovered. The report has as well appear that the world wide yearly be valued by cybercrime came to 6trillion dollars toward the finale of 2021. 

Throughout the enduring, the disturbingly development of the web and its concession has prompted expansion in security threats.

In Nigeria today, a few web crimes known as cybercrimes are carried out day to day in different structures like deceitful electronic mails, erotic entertainment, fraud, spamming, computerized teller machine etc. Cybercrime is a danger against various foundations and individuals who are associated with the web either through their computers or mobile technologies. 

Impact 0f cybercrime in Nigeria can take various structures, be it online scams for trivial thefts or serious dangers like illegal intimidation. Anything that it is, its effect can be extraordinarily destructive to society. Cybercrime can affect business, infrastructure. Individuals, e.t.c. 

Consistently, large number of organizations all over the country, as well as numerous people are hurt by cybercrime. Individuals attempting to take significant information, cash or data. This is illegal, and it has been obviously expressed in both the information security act as well as the computer misuse act. 

We heard some enterprises paying heavy amount of money or going out of business because of a simple hack to their system. 

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, has prevailed with regards to indicating 2847 people for cybercrime in the nation as of October 2022. The EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, disclosed this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption on Thursday, 27th of October 2022.

His appearance before the panel was to defend the agency’s 2022/2023 budget.

The punishment for anybody who without approval gets to entirely or to some extent a computer organization or framework for fake bases and gets materials that is critical to public or individual security carries out a wrongdoing deserving of as long as 5years in detainment or a fine of up to ₦5,000,000.00, or both.  

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Fri, 30 Dec 2022 20:02:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (313) Mourns The Death Of Shiroro NULGE Accident Victims https://belimedia.com.ng/sani-musa-mourns-accident-victims https://belimedia.com.ng/sani-musa-mourns-accident-victims Distinguished Senator Mohammed Sani Musa CON of Niger East condole the death of accident victims which incidence occurred on Tuesday 27th Dec 2022, the accident which occurred on the Minna -Gwada road involving a commercial vehicle conveying passengers from Minna to Kuta had a ghastly accident around Gadan Yan-biyu and claimed the lives of both the driver and other 5 passengers.

The Senator described the incidence as heart broken, devastating and sympathetic, however as faithful servants we are submissive to the will of Almighty Allah and as such no one can question HIS will, he however console and condole the immediate families of the victims, the Shiroro local government, Minna Emirate and the entire Niger State over this great lost of our people and pray that their souls will find peace and divine mercy.

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Wed, 28 Dec 2022 14:55:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
TRAGEDY: Fatal Accident Kills 7, Injures 5 Along Minna & Shiroro Road In Niger State https://belimedia.com.ng/auto-crash-kills-7,-injures-5-in-niger-state https://belimedia.com.ng/auto-crash-kills-7,-injures-5-in-niger-state Seven persons lost their lives, while five others sustained injuries in an auto crash at Gunu Town, along Gwada - Kuta Road in Niger State on Tuesday night.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Niger, Kumar Tsukwam, speaking to newsmen in Minna on Wednesday said that the accident involved a Toyota Camry and a Sharon commercial bus.

“Twelve persons were involved in the accident; seven of them died, while five others sustained injuries.

“We recovered the sum of N36,200, one bag of yam, Nikon Camera, two chargers and a cord, wedding invitation cards, a flash drive, one phone battery, four keys, pictures and a small bag.

“The injured victims were rescued and taken to the nearest hospital for treatment while the dead were deposited at General hospital mortuary Minna.

“The vehicles were handed over to the police at Munya Divisional Police Office,’’ he said.

Mr Tsukwam blamed the accident on speeding and loss of control on the part of one of the drivers and advised motorists to always observe speed limit to avoid crashes.

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Wed, 28 Dec 2022 14:48:26 +0100 Jan Bulo
ICPC Arrests, Detains D’Banj Over Diversion Of N&Power Funds https://belimedia.com.ng/icpc-arrests-dbanj https://belimedia.com.ng/icpc-arrests-dbanj The Inependent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has confirmed the arrest and detention of Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj, over the investigation of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.

The N-Power is a scheme established by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th June, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and empowerment, and help increase social development.

In line with its mandate, the Commission said it had received numerous petitions on the diversion of N-Power funds running into billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the Federal Government. Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.

“About 10 persons have been invited by the ICPC over the last few months in connection with the N-Power fraud, and have been granted administrative bail after their detention. Several invitations to Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured.

“Mr. Oyebanjo turned in himself and was taken into custody at the ICPC Headquarters on Tuesday, 6th December, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.

“The investigation will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled,” an ICPC communique partly read.

According to the Commission, the investigation is ongoing and it would be preferred that no one preempts the outcome of the inquiry.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2022 13:07:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
ATMs to dispense only N200 notes – CBN https://belimedia.com.ng/atm-to-dispense-₦200-notes https://belimedia.com.ng/atm-to-dispense-₦200-notes The new policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria revealed that banks would only load N200 notes into their Automated Teller Machines.

This is also as it said withdrawals from point of sale shall be limited to N20,000 on a daily basis while the weekly withdrawal from banks (over the counter) shall only be N100,000 and N500,000 weekly for individuals and corporate organisations respectively.

This is according to a memo issued to banks on Tuesday and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna .B. Mustafa.

The CBN said this was in complement to the newly redesigned naira notes and to boost a cashless policy economy.

The memo read, “Further to the launch of the redesigned naira notes by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and in line with the cashless policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks and other financial institutions are hereby directed to note and comply with the following:

“1. The maximum cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals and corporate organisations per week shall henceforth be N100,000 and N500,000 respectively. Withdrawals above these limits shall attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

“2. Third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for payment over the counter, while extant limits of N10,000,000 on clearing cheques still subsist.

“3. The maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated Teller Machine shall be N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

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“4. Only denominations of N200 and below shall be loaded into the ATMs.

“5. The maximum cash withdrawal via the point of sale terminal shall be N20,000 daily.”

The CBN said in compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawals above the prescribed limits would be required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed N5,000,000.00 and N10,000,000.00 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively, and shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.

It also said banks were required to obtain the following information at the minimum and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose:

“a. Valid means of identification of the payee (National Identity Card, International Passport, Drivers License.). b. Bank Verification Number of the payee. c. Notarised customer declaration of the purpose of the cash withdrawal. d. Senior management approval for the withdrawal by the Managing Director of the drawee, where applicable. e. Approval in writing by the MD/CEO of the bank authorising the withdrawal.

“Please further note the following: i. Monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the Banking Supervision Department. ii. Compliance with extant AMUCFT regulations relating to the KYC, ongoing customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting etc., is required in all circumstances. iii. Customers should be encouraged to use alternative channels (internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS. eNaira, etc.) to conduct their banking transactions.”

The CBN notes that the directives take effect nationwide from January 9, 2023.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2022 18:34:53 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: CBN limits cash withdrawals to N100,000 weekly, to limit POS withdrawals to N20,000 daily https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-limits-cash-withdrawals https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-limits-cash-withdrawals The Central Bank Of Nigeria has imposed fresh cash withdrawal limits on individuals and organisations, which takes effect from January 9, 2023.

According to a new memo to banks issued on Tuesday and signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna .B. Mustafa, individuals will only be able to withdraw N100,000 per week ( from over the counter, Point of Sale Machines or the Automated Teller Machines), while organisation can access N500,000 per week.

Banks have also been directed to load only N200 and lower denominations into their ATM.

The memo read, “Further to the launch of the redesigned naira notes by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and in line with the cashless policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks and other financial institutions are hereby directed to note and comply with the following:

“1. The maximum cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals and corporate organisations per week shall henceforth be N100,000 and N500,000 respectively. Withdrawals above these limits shall attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

“2. Third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for payment over the counter, while extant limits of N10,000,000 on clearing cheques still subsist.

“3. The maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated Teller Machine shall be N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

“4. Only denominations of N200 and below shall be loaded into the ATMs.

“5. The maximum cash withdrawal via the point of sale terminal shall be N20,000 daily.

“6. In compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawals above the prescribed limits are required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed N5,000,000.00 and N10,000,000.00 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively, and shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.

“Further to (6) above, you are required to obtain the following information at the minimum and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose:

“a. Valid means of identification of the payee (National Identity Card, International Passport, Drivers License.). b. Bank Verification Number of the payee. c. Notarised customer declaration of the purpose of the cash withdrawal. d. Senior management approval for the withdrawal by the Managing Director of the drawee, where applicable. e. Approval in writing by the MD/CEO of the bank authorising the withdrawal.

“Please further note the following: i. Monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the Banking Supervision Department. ii. Compliance with extant AMUCFT regulations relating to the KYC, ongoing customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting etc., is required in all circumstances. iii. Customers should be encouraged to use alternative channels (internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS. eNaira, etc.) to conduct their banking transactions.

“Finally, please note that aiding and abetting the circumvention of this policy will attract severe sanctions.

“The above regulatory directives take effect nationwide from January 9, 2023. Please be guided accordingly.”

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Tue, 06 Dec 2022 16:42:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
ASUU holds NEC meeting in Calabar over half&salaries https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-holds-nec-meeting https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-holds-nec-meeting The Academic Staff Union of the University is set to hold a quarterly National Executive Council meeting at the University of Calabar on Sunday.

A member of the NEC confirmed this on Saturday in Abuja.

“There is a quarterly NEC and it’s for the fourth quarter. Lots of issues will come up and definitely, the issue of withheld and amputated salaries will come up

It's being understood that, after ASUU suspended its strike on 14 October, the lecturers were paid a ‘mutilated’ salary for the month, and the remaining months’ salaries withheld.

The Federal Government said the payment was on a pro-rata basis as the union only suspended their strike two weeks into the month. But ASUU protested, accusing the government of casualising the work of the academics.

Despite protests and the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the executive arm of government has insisted it would not shift grounds on implementing the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy.

The decision of the government to withhold the salaries of lecturers had led to a series of protests across the country with some branches of the union calling for the sack of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu and the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige.

However, the union confirmed that its members received full salaries for the month of November 2022.

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Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:21:13 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Collection of PVCs commences December 12 – INEC https://belimedia.com.ng/collection-of-PVCs https://belimedia.com.ng/collection-of-PVCs The independent National Electoral Commission, on Friday, noted that citizens who participated in the voters’ registration exercise ahead of the 2023 general elections would be able to collect their Permanent Voters Cards from December 12, 2022.

This was disclosed in a statement.

According to the statement, the Commission met, on Thursday, December 1 2022, and deliberated on a number of issues, including the dates for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards nationwide.

It was earlier reported that the Commission held a retreat in Lagos with all the Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners from the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory from November 28 to December 2, 2022. At the retreat, the Commission finalised the procedure as well as the timetable for the collection of PVCs.

The statement which was signed by the commissioner in charge of voters education, Festus Okoye partly reads, “Consequently, the Commission has fixed Monday 12 December 2022 to Sunday 22 January 2023 as the dates for the collection of PVCs in all the 774 Local Government Offices of the Commission throughout the Federation.

“The Commission also resolved to devolve PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2023. Those that are unable to collect their PVCs at the Local Government Offices of the Commission can do so at the Registration Areas/Electoral Wards. After the 15th of January 2023, the exercise will revert to the Local Government Offices of the Commission until January 22, 2023.

“All eligible and valid registrants can collect their PVCs from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.

“All the RECs and Electoral Officers have been directed to convene a meeting with the critical stakeholders in their States and Local Government Areas, including traditional and religious leaders, civil society groups, community-based organisations and the media to brief them on the modalities for the collection of the PVCs in order to sensitise the public and ensure seamless exercise.

“Similarly, RECs and EOs have also been directed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints about their PVCs or with the PVC collection procedure for immediate redress.

“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered as voters or applied for transfer/replacement of their cards from January to July 2022. In making the cards available for collection, the Commission is also working to ensure that the process is simple and hitch-free for Nigerians.”

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Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:25:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Aisha Buhari bows to pressure, withdraws case against critic, Aminu Mohammed https://belimedia.com.ng/aisha-Buhari-withdraws-case-against-aminu-37673 https://belimedia.com.ng/aisha-Buhari-withdraws-case-against-aminu-37673 The Frst lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has bowed to widespread pressure and condemnation, withdrawing case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

Withdrawing the case against the accused on Friday, the prosecution counsel Fidelis Ogbobe said the first lady as the mother of the nation decided to withdraw the case, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

He relied on Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court commended the Mrs Buhari for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.

While issuing the release warrant of the student, the judge called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.

Mr Muhammed, who was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings, had faced charges of defamation of the character of the First Lady of Nigeria over a tweet.

According to a police report, Mr Muhammed was arrested at Federal University Dutse on 18 November 2022 after Mrs Buhari instructed a team of police detectives to track him down.

He was then held in an unknown location and denied access to his family and lawyer, in clear violation of international human rights law.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:59:58 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Aisha Buhari bows to pressure, withdraws case against critic, Aminu Mohammed https://belimedia.com.ng/aisha-Buhari-withdraws-case-against-aminu https://belimedia.com.ng/aisha-Buhari-withdraws-case-against-aminu The Frst lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has bowed to widespread pressure and condemnation, withdrawing case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

Withdrawing the case against the accused on Friday, the prosecution counsel Fidelis Ogbobe said the first lady as the mother of the nation decided to withdraw the case, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

He relied on Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court commended the Mrs Buhari for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.

While issuing the release warrant of the student, the judge called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.

Mr Muhammed, who was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings, had faced charges of defamation of the character of the First Lady of Nigeria over a tweet.

According to a police report, Mr Muhammed was arrested at Federal University Dutse on 18 November 2022 after Mrs Buhari instructed a team of police detectives to track him down.

He was then held in an unknown location and denied access to his family and lawyer, in clear violation of international human rights law.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:59:57 +0100 Jan Bulo
CBN to Reduce Volume of N500, N1000 in Circulation https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-to-reduce-volume-of-currencies https://belimedia.com.ng/cbn-to-reduce-volume-of-currencies Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has said that plans have been concluded to reduce the volume of higher denominations, “N500 and N1000” in circulation to tame inflation in the country.

Emefiele who claimed that high volume of higher denominations could be part of the factors fuelling inflation in the country, backed his claim up by pointing out that the highest denomination in the UK is £50 and the most spent currency in the country is £10.

He said;

“Rarely you find some people spend £20. Nobody sees £50. If you go around carrying £50 in the UK, they will begin to suspect you.

“Whereas, the reverse is what is happening in Nigeria. Nigerians want to carry N1,000 or N500.

“In fact, we’re beginning to see or think that increasing the high denomination bills is also part of what may even be fuelling inflation.

“So, over time, we will reduce the volume of N500 and N1000 in circulation.

“Let people carry N50 around. If you want to do high-value transactions, embrace online, embrace our agency programme, embrace our mobile banking programme. That is what you need. You want to conduct legal banking or financial services transactions, you have no business carrying N1,000.”

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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 11:26:41 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Bandits Kidnap 4 Villagers in Zamfara, Demand New Naira Notes As Ransom https://belimedia.com.ng/bandits-kindap-4-in-zamfara https://belimedia.com.ng/bandits-kindap-4-in-zamfara Bandits in Zamfara State have repeatedly kidnapped four villagers in the Kolo community, Gusau Local Government Area of the State.

Sources understood that the bandits kidnapped a man, a woman, and two children who were said to be orphans.

According to one Musa Ibrahim from the community, the bandits had earlier requested the sum of N10m as ransom before the kidnapped victims would regain their freedom.

However, they later agreed to collect five million naira in new naira notes.

“As we were putting heads together to see how we could raise the five million naira through community effort, the terrorists sent a message on Tuesday that they would not collect old Naira notes.”

The Federal Government on Wednesday, unveiled the redesigned naira notes to the general public at the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Also, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele warned Nigerians against holding the old notes.

He added that there was no going back on the January 31st, 2023 deadline to completely render the old notes useless.

The redesigned notes are in denominations of N1000, N500, and N200.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:44:15 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari hospitalized... https://belimedia.com.ng/aishabuhari-36365 https://belimedia.com.ng/aishabuhari-36365 Detail of the incident leading to the injury is still sketchy as sources simply said “she fell down and suffered leg fracture”.

Prior to the incident, the first lady is billed to host a wedding reception in honour of Bilkisu Rimi, the daughter of Nigerian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, UAE, Mohammed Rimi, on Sunday night at the Presidential Villa.

Sources however said she may not attend the dinner tonight.

The Office of the First Lady did not respond inquires at the time of filing this report.

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Sun, 20 Nov 2022 21:15:00 +0100 Jan Bulo
Gbajabiamila lists reasons FG won’t pay ASUU fully https://belimedia.com.ng/why-fg-wont-pay-asuu-fully https://belimedia.com.ng/why-fg-wont-pay-asuu-fully The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has indicated that the Federal Government may not fully pay university lecturers for the eighth months that the Academic Staff Union of Universities was on strike.

Gbajabiamila, in a statement issued on Monday, said the President, Muhammadu Buhari, was being awaited to approved the proposal of “partial” payment presented to him.

Titled, ‘Statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the Resolution of Outstanding Issues between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government of Nigeria,’ it read, “When the Academic Staff Union of Universities called off their industrial action three weeks ago, it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation’s public universities, and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption. This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision.

“Since then, the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes the sum of N170,000,000,000 to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers. The bill also includes additional N300,000,000,000 in revitalisation funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.

“Furthermore, the House of Representatives has convened the Accountant General of the Federation, the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other stakeholders to facilitate the adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, Rep. Aminu Suleiman..

“The Executive position that it is not obligated to pay salaries to adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, Rep. Aminu Suleiman.

“The Executive position that it is not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike is premised on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions. Nonetheless, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required. Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. This is not a time for political brinkmanship. There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities. We must prevent this possibility by all means, as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation’s youth.”

The Speaker recalled that three weeks ago, he called for a national conversation on the substantive reforms required to address the underlying issues bedevilling public tertiary education in Nigeria. “To that end, the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform. We have called for papers and memoranda from members of the public. The submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions,” he said.

Gbajabiamila urged all citizens and stakeholders to participate in “this crucial effort to reinvent our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning.”

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Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:07:02 +0100 Jan Bulo
Half Salary: Withholding our salaries illegal, CONUA tells government https://belimedia.com.ng/pay-our-salary https://belimedia.com.ng/pay-our-salary CONUA, in a statement by its President, 'Niyi Sunmonu, said that it had at several times clarified that its members were not a party to the strike declared by ASUU.

The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has described the non-payment of its members’ March to September salaries and part of its October salary as illegal.

CONUA said its members were only unable to perform their full duties because of the lock-out by the university management and not because it was on strike.

The union, therefore, called on the Nigerian Government to pay the withheld salaries of its members, insisting they were never on strike.

At the end of October, the Nigerian government paid alleged ‘mutilated’ salaries to academics in public universities.

It said the lecturers were paid for the work done, having suspended its eight months old strike only on 14th October. But the lecturers have kicked against this, describing the decision as insulting.

While CONUA said it has submitted a petition against the stoppage of its members’ salaries, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to meet on Monday (today) to decide on the next line of action.

Pay our members – CONUA

In a statement by its National President, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, CONUA said it had at several times clarified that its members were not a party to the strike declared by ASUU.

“We first made this fact clear in a letter we addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment in April 2022. And, at a press conference we addressed in Abuja on August 19, 2022, we also stated it categorically that, as a union, we were not on strike, and, this being the case, the issue of no work no pay ought not to apply to our members,” the statement reads in part.

CONUA said it considers it unfair that its members were not paid the salaries for March to September as well as the cutoff part of the October salaries.

It described as illegal the government’s decision not to pay its member’ seven months salaries and part of the October salaries.

CONUA said its members could not perform their full function due to the closure of the universities and not because of a strike.

It added that the government’s actions contradict Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act, which clarified that workers are entitled to their wages when locked out by employers.

It said: “Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act CAP. T8, stated, “where any employer locks out his workers, the workers shall be entitled to wages and any other applicable remuneration for the period of the lock-out and the period of the lock-out shall not prejudicially affect any rights of the workers being rights dependent on the continuity of the period of employment”.

“We expect the government to act on the demand immediately,” it added.

CONUA, therefore, asked the government to immediately pay “the backlog of our salaries from March to September 2022, in addition to what was cut off from our October 2022 salaries. We expect the government to act on this rightful demand immediately.”

The government recently granted the registration of CONUA and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA). The government paid members of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of some universities including the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, (UDU) Sokoto, saying they continued working during the period of the strike.

But ASUU-UDUS accused the government of sowing disharmony among members of the union for the ‘selective’ payments to the lecturers.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2022 15:01:59 +0100 Jan Bulo
Why we paid varsity lecturers half salaries – FG https://belimedia.com.ng/why-we-paid-half-salaries https://belimedia.com.ng/why-we-paid-half-salaries The Federal Government on Saturday explained why it failed to pay full salaries to lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

In a statement, by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the government noted that members of ASUU were paid their October salary pro-rata.

According to the ministry, pro-rata was done because they cannot be paid for work not done.

The statement further clarified that the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, never directed the Accountant General of the Federation to pay the university lecturers half salaries.

The statement reads in part, “Following the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, asking ASUU to go back to work, the leadership of the union wrote to the Minister, informing him that they have suspended the strike. The Federal Ministry of Education wrote to him in a similar vein and our labour inspectors in various states also confirmed that they have resumed work.

“So, the Minister wrote to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, directing that their salaries should be restored. They were paid in pro-rata for the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action. Pro-rata was done because you cannot pay them for work not done. Everybody’s hands are tied.”

The ministry equally faulted a statement by the Chairperson of ASUU, Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto branch, Muhammad N. Al-Mustapha, accusing the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, of biased payment of salaries to selected professional members of the union.

“Those obviously being referred to by the UDUS ASUU chairperson were members of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association who abstained from the eight-month strike of ASUU because they abhorred the incessant strikes by the union and its grave effects on medical education in Nigeria and production of more medical doctors.

“Accusing the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, of biased payment of salaries to selected professional members of ASUU, is a barefaced distortion of facts. Mustapha said he received information that a segment of the staff in the College of Health Sciences has been paid seven months of their withheld salaries from March to September, due to a letter written to the Minister of Finance, instructing the exemption of the under-listed staff on the application of ‘No Work, No Pay’ rule.

“To set the records straight, the medical lecturers who are being referred to by the Chairperson of the ASUU UDUS branch, abstained from the eight-month strike of ASUU. This has been corroborated in a press statement by the Chairman, MDCAN UdUS, Dr B. Jubrin and Secretary, Dr I. G Ango, on Friday, November 4, 2022.”

Quoting from Dr Jubrin’s press statement, “Realising the emergency situation in the sub-region worsened by emerging public health threats, the medical and dental lecturers in UDUS decided to continue the academic activities during the ASUU strike to save our healthcare from total collapse. To this end, the UDUS medical lecturers agreed to conduct lectures and examinations during the period of the strike.

“In line with the provisions of the Labour Act, we wrote and sought the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, to ensure payment of our salaries. The Minister, having carefully reviewed our submission and that of the university management, obliged. This is not an act of favouritism as alleged by ASUU, UDUS branch leadership in their press statement.

“ASUU, UDUS branch, as an association, is expected to protect the interest of all her members and appreciate the differences or peculiarities of medical education. The ASUU can legitimately fight for its lawful rights without tramping on the rights of others who are also university staff. We hope that this response will put issues in their proper perspective.

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Sat, 05 Nov 2022 19:33:00 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ASUU Plans 3&Week Warning Strike https://belimedia.com.ng/ASUU-plans-another-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/ASUU-plans-another-strike The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) are planning to embark on 3 weeks warning strike. This is coming after the union decide to schedule an emergency NEC Meeting following Federal Government's failure to implement what was being agreed with the Lecturers few weeks ago before suspending of the strike.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed that the Union's members received Half Salaries for the Month October, which was not negotiated with FG. He announced they'll be meeting on Monday to decide on whether to go on a fresh strike or not.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2022 17:09:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ASUU summons NEC meeting over half&salary https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-asuu-summons-nec-meeting-over-half-salary https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-asuu-summons-nec-meeting-over-half-salary The Academic Staff Union of Universities is set to summon an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council following the decision of the Federal Government to pay the lecturers half salaries for the month of October, 2022.

Though no date has been fixed yet, but multiple reports have gathered that the decision to convene a meeting followed the drama which erupted when members of the union received half salaries in their accounts.

A source in Abuja noted that half salaries were paid, “I was shocked when I received an alert from my bank and I noticed that I got half salary; they didn’t even talk about the backlog of the eight months of the strike.

Another source said, “It is true, I received half, In fact, some professors received salaries of N121,000; this is the fact, we are waiting for the decision of the national body, our members are very angry right now.”

Speaking with the press in Abuja, ASUU National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed the development.

“Half salaries were paid, no reasons were given whatsoever. We learnt that Ngige wrote the office of the Accountant General and Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system and told them to only pay us for the period when we called off the strike.

“We heard there was a letter to that effect but we haven’t gotten it yet. We are going to summon a meeting.”

When correspondents reached out to the Ministry of Education which serves as the supervisory ministry for universities, the spokesperson of the ministry said, “We don’t pay salary at the Ministry of Education. Kindly direct your question to the office of the Accountant General.”

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Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:03:48 +0100 Jan Bulo
Davido and Chioma loses their 3 year old son, Ifeanyi. https://belimedia.com.ng/Davido-loses-son https://belimedia.com.ng/Davido-loses-son Davido and Chioma loses their 3 year old son, Ifeanyi.

Ifeanyi died by drowning at Davido's Banana Island home. He was rushed to Evercare Hospital in Lekki where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Davido and Chioma had traveled for a family gathering to Ibadan yesterday and had left Ifeanyi with his minders who can't explain how he entered the pool without being noticed and drowned.

A distraught and inconsolable Davido was removed from Evercare Hospital and taken to his father's house where he remains as at press time. 

The victim’s family had yet to react to the tragic development as of the time this report was filed.

However, since the news of Ifeanyi’s rumored death became public knowledge, Nigerians, particularly entertainment lovers, had been outraged and traumatised by the development.

In a cryptic message, popular comedian, Ayo Makun, in an Instagram post early Tuesday, wrote, “The death of a child is unnatural, unfair, and tragic, this hit me so bad.”

Other celebrities also have posted cryptic messages that appear to confirm the death of Ifeanyi.

Daddy Freeze, who went live on Instagram in the early hours of Tuesday morning said, “When the person you love is someone involved it becomes a heavy emotional burden. I am not confirming anything but bear with me I will not be live tonight.”

Comedian Lasisi Elenu also posted, “Father heal your children’s heart from this pain, strengthen them in such a dark and hurtful time oh Lord.”

As of 1.28am, news of Ifeanyi’s rumored death was the most trending topic on Twitter.

The rumored death, however, emanated from a now deleted post from actress, Eniola Badmus, late Monday.

Nigerians, while reacting to Badmus’ post, criticised her for leaking such sensitive information to the public.

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Tue, 01 Nov 2022 04:09:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Elon Musk takes over Twitter in $44bn deal https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-purchases-twitter https://belimedia.com.ng/elon-musk-purchases-twitter Elon Musk has officially taken control of Twitter after finalising a $44bn deal to buy the social media network.

In one of his first decisions at the helm of the social media giant, Musk fired three top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, local time, citing three anonymous sources.

Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde, the top executive for legal policy, trust and safety, were also let go, the newspaper reported.

The Tesla CEO’s purchase caps a six-month saga that saw Twitter initially resist Musk’s purchase offer and then sue the billionaire after he signalled he would walk away from the deal due to concerns about spam accounts.

Musk’s interest in the platform has become a lightning rod for the debate around free speech in the digital age, with critics expressing fears his control of the platform could mean open slather for hate speech and misinformation.

Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist”, has criticised Twitter’s moderation policies and objected to censorship that goes beyond the requirements of the law.

In a lengthy message posted on Twitter before the purchase deadline on Friday, Musk, who earlier changed his Twitter bio to “Chief Twit,” denied any intention to turn Twitter into a “free-for-all hellscape”.

“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” he said.

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Fri, 28 Oct 2022 03:01:05 +0100 Jan Bulo
12 Key Things To Take Note Of As Manchester United Take On Newcastle At The Theatre Of Dreams https://belimedia.com.ng/Manchester-United-vs-Newcastle-preview https://belimedia.com.ng/Manchester-United-vs-Newcastle-preview Manchester United will later today battle it out against Newcastle at Old Trafford, it promises to be a fierce battle for Manchester United against the Magpies. But from high looks, it might be an easy ride for Ten Hag Men considering them being in fine form recently.

Below are 12 things to take note of as The Red Devils welcome Newcastle at Old Trafford today.

Head-to-head

1. Newcastle's only victory in their past 39 away fixtures against Manchester United in all competitions was by 1-0 in the league in December 2013.

2. The Red Devils have won half of the 150 top-flight meetings (D39, L36).

Manchester United

3. Manchester United have won five of their past six Premier League games - as many victories as in their previous 18 fixtures.

4. The Red Devils are vying to earn three consecutive league wins at Old Trafford for the first time since last December.

5. They have not won a Premier League home fixture in the month of October since beating Everton 2-1 in 2018.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven times in his last five top-flight appearances against Newcastle. He is two short of 500 career league goals.

7. Marcus Rashford has been involved in seven goals in his eight Premier League appearances against Newcastle, scoring four goals and assisting three.

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8. Newcastle are vying to score at least four goals in three consecutive league matches for the first time since October 1961.

9. The Magpies have scored nine goals in their last two league fixtures, compared to just eight in their opening seven.

10. A 16th Premier League win of 2022 on Sunday would be Newcastle's most in a calendar year since reaching the same tally in 2013.

11. Kieran Trippier has played 124 passes into the penalty area in this season's Premier League, more than any other player, while creating a joint-high 11 chances from set-pieces.

12. Miguel Almiron is vying to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time. A fifth goal of the season would represent his highest total in a Premier League season.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2022 07:04:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
Final&year Medical Student Usman Rimi Who Turned Street Food Vendor Dies https://belimedia.com.ng/final-year-student-dies https://belimedia.com.ng/final-year-student-dies The death of Usman Rimi, a Medicine and Surgery final-year student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS, who turned into a street food vendor due to the prolonged ASUU strike, has been confirmed.

Before his death, Usman Rimi said in a recent interview that the ASUU strike afforded him the opportunity to begin the lucrative business.

Rimi was in charge of the Young CEOs Meetup in Katsina, the largest CEOs gathering in the state from 2019 and 2020.

May God forgive Him his shortcomings and grant him Jannatul Fridaus (ameen)

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Sat, 15 Oct 2022 19:09:59 +0100 Jan Bulo
All States And Federal Universities Are To Resume On..... https://belimedia.com.ng/schools-are-to-resume-on https://belimedia.com.ng/schools-are-to-resume-on The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its eight month strike.

All State and Federal universities are to resume on Monday October 17, 2022.

The date is however, subject to change as some universities may fix their own schedule.

The decision was taken unanimously by members of its National Executive Council after a lengthy six hour meeting which began on Thursday nigh.

Speaking after the meeting, a member who requested anonymity said the outcome was positive and the final decision was adopted based on how the branches voted. He also hinted that university students have waited long enough and can return to class once again.

When ASUU president Prof. Emmanuel Oedeke was reached, he only briefed that "We (ASUU) will release an official memo today (Friday)" and also, adding that the 'result is not a bad one'

Full details of the agreement between the union and the federal government that led to the suspension of the strike are expected in a press conference later today.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2022 04:50:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ASUU Suspends 8 Months Strike https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-suspends-strike-32272 https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-suspends-strike-32272 The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its 8 months lingering strike.

This is coming after series of negotiations between the Federal Government and ASUU. Less than 2 weeks ago, the Court appeal ordered ASUU to call off its strike and resume duties. Crucial meetings were being held between the Union and the Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in a bid to end the 8 months demonstration by the Lecturers.

Futhermore, the Union's demands have been addressed by the Government which resulted to ASUU suspending the strike.

ASUU has been on Strike since February 14th, 2022.

More details later....

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Fri, 14 Oct 2022 01:59:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Appeal Court Discharges Nnamdi Kanu, Challenges High Court’s Jurisdiction https://belimedia.com.ng/court-discharges-nnamdi-kanu https://belimedia.com.ng/court-discharges-nnamdi-kanu The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu is being prosecuted by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for 15 count charges bordering, including treasonable felony and terrorism, offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court held that the 15-count charge preferred against Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.

The court further held that the Federal Government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him

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Thu, 13 Oct 2022 18:00:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ASUU NEC Meeting To Last Overnight https://belimedia.com.ng/NEC-meeting-to-last-overnight https://belimedia.com.ng/NEC-meeting-to-last-overnight The meeting of the National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will hold overnight in Abuja.

The meeting which is a meeting of the leadership of the union was convened to allow the leadership of the union take the final decision on the protracted strike.

A source said, “We will have a meeting today and it will last overnight so that we will be given enough time to deliberate and make a conclusion.”

When asked if the union will call off the strike, the source declined comments.

ASUU had on Monday, February 14, 2022 declared a strike at the University of Lagos. The union had accused the Federal Government of failing to honour some of the agreements reached.

ASUU had demanded for the renegotiation of the ASUU-FG 2009 agreement, release of revitalisation fund for universities, release of earned academic allowances among others.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, dragged the striking lecturers to court over what he tagged as “irreconcilable differences.”

The national industrial court however, ordered the lecturers back to work.

The ruling was appealed at the appellate court in Abuja but was however not granted hearing as the judge ordered ASUU to obey first the ruling of the lower court.

Branches of ASUU had on Wednesday held congresses to decide the next decision.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2022 17:37:19 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Good news as ASUU Chairman Usman Dan Fodio University Chapter Sokoto, Professor Muhammad Nuraddeen Confirms Positive Shift Of Grounds As ASUU Meets Tomorrow https://belimedia.com.ng/UDUS-confirms-progress-in-negotiations https://belimedia.com.ng/UDUS-confirms-progress-in-negotiations After series of negotiations between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the striking Lecturers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, expectations are now high that the 8 Months lingering strike is about to come to an end.

Chairman of the ASUU led delegation, Usman Dan Fodio University Chapter, Sokoto, confirmed that the Government have made an improved offer and they think it's time to hit the nail on the head.

Speaking to news men, Prof. Muhammad said: “The strike is of the interest of both parties.” He said “since February when the strike commenced, we haven't received any vital information from the government that shows that they're ready to bring and end to the lingering strike, until recently when the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila chipped into the nnegotiations.”

Prof. Muhammad Nuraddeen futhermore said: “I believe the Lecturers and the community as whole would benefit from the progress recorded.”

Following Appeal Court's Order asking ASUU to call off its strike and resume back to classes and the most recent meeting between the Speaker and the Union, ASUU are set to meet tomorrow to take decision on the order given to them by the Court of Appeal.

Various ASUU Chapters across the federation are currently consulting congresses in review of the latest offer presented to them by the Federal Government.

All bodies are expected not to hesitate in reporting back to ASUU at the national level. So far, a very good number of schools are satisfied with the latest development. The Union's salaries and allowances are going to be look into. 

The Union are expected to call off the 8 Months strike after their National Executive Council Meeting tomorrow as varsities continue to propose Monday, October 17th as date for reopening of schools.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14th, 2022, making it one of the longest strike action in the history of Nigeria's Educational System (8 Months)

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Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:22:17 +0100 Jan Bulo
UNICAL Set To Resume Academic Activities On October 17 https://belimedia.com.ng/unical-set-to-resume-academic-activities-on-october-17 https://belimedia.com.ng/unical-set-to-resume-academic-activities-on-october-17 The University of Calabar is set to resume academic activities after the nine months strike following the court order by the Appeal Court of Nigeria, this is according to a reliable source at the University.

Last Friday, the court gave the order after dismissing the union’s application for a stay of execution of an earlier ruling of the National Industrial Court directing the university lecturers to resume work.

The University Management headed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Florence Banku Obi is said to have plans to reopen the University on the week of the 17th of October, 2022.

Recall that the three-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by Hamma Barka granted the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) permission to appeal the ruling of the industrial court but ruled that it must first resume work to be allowed to file the appeal. It said should ASUU fail to re-open the universities, the permission it gave the union to appeal against the interlocutory injunction of the National Industrial Court “will be automatically vacated.” It gave the university lecturers’ union seven days within which to file its notice of appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court. “I am inclined to granting the application to appeal the decision of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. But the order of the lower court shall be immediately obeyed,” the court held in its unanimous ruling. The National Industrial Court had on 21 September ordered ASUU to call off the strike.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2022 10:37:48 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Varsities set to reopen on Monday, 17th October as ASUU agrees to end 8 Months lingering strike https://belimedia.com.ng/varsities-set-to-re-open https://belimedia.com.ng/varsities-set-to-re-open The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to call off its 8 Months strike and resume Academic Activities on Monday, 17th October, 2022.

Osodeke in his words thanked and appreciated all those who got involved in the SAGA between the Federal Government and the Union.

“Please, let all of us work together to put a beautiful end to this end to this thing we have started, so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have universities we can be proud of,” Osodeke said.

“Once again, I want to thank you. I also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening, I want to appeal that in the future, we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days.

“If the way the national assembly has intervened, if we had done that long ago, or those in charge of labour and education had done exactly this, we would not be where we are today. We would not have stayed more than two or three weeks on this strike. There is strike all over the world — UK, US, all over — but they don’t allow it to last.

“So, once again, thank you very much and we hope that working together, in the next few days, we can put an end to this particular imbroglio in the Nigerian educational system.” Osodeke said.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14th, 2022 and is finally set to call off after series of negotiations between the Government and the Union.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2022 10:19:50 +0100 Jan Bulo
ASUU To Call Off Strike Soon, Says Falana After Appeal Court Ruling https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-to-call-off-strike-soon-says-falana-after-appeal-court-ruling https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-to-call-off-strike-soon-says-falana-after-appeal-court-ruling The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reiterated its willingness to call off its eight-month strike, expressing optimism that the ongoing talks between the Presidency and the House of Representatives leadership will yield positive results.

Counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana, stated this on Monday in chat with Channels Television after the Court of Appeal in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to resume academic duties.

“The legal advice that I will give to my clients is confidential. But I can assure you that the strike will soon be called off,” Falana stated.

Falana said he will advise his clients accordingly once the certified true copy of the court order of last Friday has been made available to him.

“Advising clients to call off a strike is the most difficult aspect of my practice. On one occasion, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) and I spent six hours persuading Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other NLC (Nigeria Labour Congress) to call off a strike in compliance with a court order. Our advice to ASUU will be based on the court order and other relevant reports.

“I am reasonably confident that the consultations between the House and the Presidency will yield positive results in the interest of the striking lecturers and the students,” he added.

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Mon, 10 Oct 2022 17:40:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: ASUU Set To Meet Today, To Take Decision Following Appeal Court's Order https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-decides-today https://belimedia.com.ng/asuu-decides-today Following the ruling by the Appeal Court, ordering the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to suspend its 8-month-old strike with immediate effect, the union would be meeting today.

The appellate court gave the order in a ruling on an application by the ASUU seeking permission for it to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court which asked the striking lecturers to resume duty.

The Court also granted ASUU “conditional leave to appeal the order of the Industrial Court, while insisting that ASUU must obey the order of the lower court with effect from today, October 7

The 3-man panel led by Justice Hamman Barka, said for ASUU to file it’s notice of appeal within 7 days, it must show evidence that it’s members have resumed work immediately.

The panel held that failure to adhere to the order, will make the appeal incompetent before Court of Appeal.

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Sun, 09 Oct 2022 08:25:21 +0100 Jan Bulo
CONUA will ensure uninterrupted academic calendar in varsities – Coordinator https://belimedia.com.ng/conua-will-ensure-uninterrupted-academic-calendar-in-varsities-coordinator https://belimedia.com.ng/conua-will-ensure-uninterrupted-academic-calendar-in-varsities-coordinator Dr ‘Niyi Sunmonu is the National Coordinator of the newly registered Congress of Nigeria University Academics, a new union of academic staff working in public universities. In this interview, he insisted CONUA was not registered to rival the Academic Staff Union of Universities

When was the Congress of Nigeria University Academics formed and what necessitated its formation?

The Congress of Nigeria University Academics was formed on February 12, 2018 and issues leading to the formation of CONUA are many but can be broadly categorised into two. These issued date back to around 2013 and actually got to a head in 2016.

The first one was the violation of the constitutional provision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities; and the second were issues arising from the selection process for the eleventh substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

In 2013, there was an election to fill about nine vacant leadership positions in ASUU and there was this protest against the nomination of Professor Akinola’s candidacy. Professor Akinola was vying for the chairmanship position that year but there were allegations that he was not duly nominated. The person who nominated him was not a (due-) paying member of the union. On this allegation, petitions were written and sent to the national leadership of ASUU. Surprisingly, the National Executive Council, in its wisdom, cancelled all the elections, including even the ones that petitions were not written against. That is a constitutional violation. You will recall that the year 2013, 2016 and 2018, precisely 2018 when CONUA was formed, there was no industrial action. So, the formation of CONUA predates the current industrial action.

Last week, amid failed efforts to persuade ASUU to call off its ongoing protracted strike, the Federal Government decided to register CONUA and NAMDA. Many see it as a strategy to break ranks of striking lecturers who are asking for better funding for tertiary education. How do you react to your colleagues in ASUU who see those of you in CONUA as saboteurs?

Opinion, perspectives are free. Everybody has one. I will see it as their view, their perspectives and it is respected. If there is anybody that will provide clarification on why the Federal Government chose to do what it did when it did it, it has to be the Ministry of Labour, not us. But for us, asking to be recognised as a legal trade union, since the sister union that threw us under the bus is not interested in taking us, is a right thing. They can’t ask us to take the reward of our effort and we push it aside. So, we will see it as their perspective. As far as we are concerned, it is a just cause and we have been vindicated at the end of the day.

Was it CONUA that approached the Federal Government for registration or was it the other way round?

I will put it out there again; CONUA applied for registration in May 2018 because we cannot operate without the recognition of the government. As a trade union, we can’t; it will be tantamount to breaking the law of the land. We will not be able to even fight for the welfare of our members. So, we, members of CONUA, purchased an application form dated March 28 and we filled it with all the requirements and we submitted it, I think, on May 2 (2018). Let it be known that the first thing we got was rejection in January 2019, but we appealed the rejection that same January on 25 grounds, if my memory serves me right. It was the result of that appeal that eventually birthed CONUA on October 2, 2022.

Do you think the emergence of CONUA will force ASUU to end the strike?

CONUA was not formed because it wants to be antagonistic or it wants to fight anybody; no. It was a child of necessity. We were pushed out and had to look for an alternative union. Having said that, we look forward to collaborative engagements with all the unions on campus. So, we are not in contention or competition or in fight with anyone. And it will be unethical of me to start criticising or bad-mouthing the steps taken by other unions. It will not be right. I hope things can be resolved between the union and the government, so that we can have an enabling environment for collaborative work.

Let me say again that the reason for formation of CONUA is not to checkmate or fight anyone. CONUA was not formed because of strike. We have our modus operandi, which is different, anyway. We want to see how we can contribute positively academically and we hope to spread that gospel to our friends.

Do these friends include ASUU members?

We have no enemies; we have love for all, hatred for none.

Are there ideological differences between ASUU and CONUA?

I can only speak for us. We want to see how we can achieve uninterrupted academic calendar. Our mind is not fixed on the method, but we will approach things with the best of solutions.

Are you saying ASUU is using a wrong approach or asking for too much?

I would not want to comment on that.

What is the size of CONUA presently?

Time is not right for that now, in terms of number. I say this because I take October 4 as the date we were given birth to. That doesn’t mean we have not organised ourselves in the past. When CONUA was formed in 2018, it was only in OAU. But by October 2019, we had spread to five universities, including the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti; Kwara State University and Ambrose Alli University.

Our sister union started like that too, with five universities. We can’t start comparing ourselves with our sister union. We respect the fact they have come a long way but we are focusd on nurturing this newborn. We have been taunted in the past that our efforts would result in a stillbirth. We thank goodness that we now have a bouncing baby. We will nurture it. Before the pronouncement on Tuesday, we had grown to 17 universities. It would have been 18 because University of Port Harcourt joined us in 2019 and it was widely publicised by print and electronic media. They were the one who sought us out; we didn’t go after them. But in 2020, they felt they should pull out and we respect that and that’s why we are 17.

Between October 4 and today, our website, my phone lines and that of some national officers have been bombarded with calls by people who want to be part of us. So, at the right time, the public will know.

Will CONUA be telling its members to immediately return to the lecture rooms?

We appreciated the reactions of the parents. We’ve always said it and we will say it time and time again that CONUA is not on strike and it is not the duty of CONUA or any other union that is well respected at that, to open or close universities. That is the duty of university authorities. If universities are opened, because we are not on strike, we will do our bit. I am not oblivious of the fact that our salaries haven’t been paid too, so we will engage government now that we have the instrument to do so, on behalf of our members. We will engage the government on our withheld salaries.

One of our modus operandi is to see, with all our positive energy, how we can achieve uninterrupted academic calendar. We know what that means; we don’t have to go far. When University of Ilorin, between 2011 and 2019 or thereabouts, was running uninterrupted academic calendar, it became the choice university. All of us can attest to that and that is our desire across Nigeria’s universities where we have our members. We are not God that would say be and it is, but we will give our best towards achieving it.

If government refuses to meet some basic demands that will make smooth academic activities possible in universities and CONUA feels industrial action is not an option, what alternative measures are you looking at?

Even with all that has been done before, have we achieved more? In a democratic setting, our hope and aspiration is to deploy the following, but certainly not limited to them, because as time goes on, we will see more reasons to modify our viewpoints.

First is to deploy the tool of continuous engagement. You can never be tired of engagement. We are still basking in the effect of military mentality. We have not really imbibed that democratic culture. We are still growing; we will not be tired of continuous negotiation. Even up to the point of, but not limited to, taking on board some eminent Nigerians who the leadership can listen to for the greatness of our country, because no nation can develop beyond its ivory towers. So, that negotiation, we want to create the right environment for it. Negotiations that would be continuous, we won’t have to wait; in an environment that all stakeholders are equal, so that your mind is not made up before you get to the negotiation table. We are only interested in the progress of the university education. We believe in this much that even in situations of outright wars, we still talk.

The second approach is to take proactive steps before the budget is prepared. How can the union be involved, because as it is now, the unions are not involved? How do I mean? The job of preparing the budget is that of the administrators and it is the union that knows what is best for the universities. The point is that there should be ways the union can intervene at the level of budget preparation, so that budgets are not passed into law before we start shouting. It would make us to look as if we want the government to violate the law of the land.

The third one is to use legislative interventions. Legislative intervention will get the buy-in of people in the national and state Houses of Assembly on the needs of universities. The last, but not the least, is if government agrees and signs and wants to renege on agreement, we will go into the judiciary process, so that we can deepen our democracy and no government will wake up and want to renege on agreement, especially if the court pronounces in favour of the union.

What kind of reception is CONUA getting from students?

There are mixed opinions out there. Now, people are just getting to know about CONUA and the negative opinion, I don’t feel bad about it. The reason is simple: an average human being fights what he does not understand or what he does not have knowledge of. For now, we are yet to demonstrate in concrete terms (what we are about). In the few places where we have demonstrated that, majority of the students have that appreciation. We have demonstrated that in OAU, where this process started, not as CONUA, in 2016. CONUA was formed in 2018.

For students that were admitted in 2016, they would have graduated in 2020 record time if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. So those students appreciate that. So, I don’t have any negative feeling with the negative comments. What we do moving forward, I believe, will change that narrative, view and perspective.

Do you see the possibility of your members being attacked, perhaps by members of the sister union, if you resume classes?

Academics are not touts; I don’t expect that to happen.

What is your message to the parents, students and colleagues on the other side?

I would say with the coming on board of CONUA, we are hoping and praying that industrial action will be a thing of the past because that is where we want to come in. And to parents, by the grace of God, they will start seeing that the time spent on campus by their children would be predictable as we move on. We may not find it easy and we may not get that done in the beginning, but that is our eventual aspiration and for that, parents, students and colleagues should be excited.

Again, for our colleagues, our welfare is the most important. The fight with the government for our welfare is the most important and we will continue to engage government on that from time to time as the trend of the nation unfolds.

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Sun, 09 Oct 2022 06:58:38 +0100 Jan Bulo
Strike: FG Threatens ASUU With Contempt, Any Other Option For ASUU? https://belimedia.com.ng/federal-government-threatens-asuu https://belimedia.com.ng/federal-government-threatens-asuu The Federal Government has threatened to sue the striking lecturers, who are members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities if they fail to resume as ruled by the National Industrial Court.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who issued this threat on Friday during an interview monitored on Channel TV, disclosed that he had directed labour controllers to monitor compliance at all tertiary institutions across the states.

He said, “The court says ASUU must obey today (Friday). I have asked labour controllers in the 36 states and the zones to reach out to the universities; number one, to see if the vice chancellors have opened the gates because that is one of the imports of the judgment of the Industrial Court.

“You must open the gates, you must open the class rooms and to see whether those workers, those teachers reported today, tomorrow Friday and Saturday. My labour controllers will write me a report.

“The Education Ministry through the NUC will also do their bit and we will compare it. By Tuesday, if they have complied with this, first, they will have the right to appeal as the court says.

“If they come back to their classroom, they will have time to attach evidence and do their appeal. My labour controllers will also give me things to support education in the country. If they don’t, go and read that portion of the NICN Act, they will be charged for contempt,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ASUU has said it will study the ruling of the appeal court which ordered its members to return back to work.

The union’s national president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke reacted on behalf of the union.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its strike.

The court gave the order after dismissing the union’s application for a stay of execution of an earlier ruling of the National Industrial Court directing the university lecturers to resume work.

The three-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by Hamma Barka granted the union permission to appeal the ruling of the industrial court but ruled that it must first resume work to be allowed to file the appeal.

It said should ASUU fail to re-open the universities, the permission it gave the union to appeal against the interlocutory injunction of the National Industrial Court “will be automatically vacated.”

It gave the university lecturers’ union seven days within which to file its notice of appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court.

“I am inclined to grant the application to appeal the decision of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. But the order of the lower court shall be immediately obeyed,” the court held in its unanimous ruling.

But reacting to the court order, Osodeke said, “We will review the judgment with our lawyer and we will decide on the next step.”

The National Industrial Court had on 21 September ordered ASUU to call off the strike.

The court granted the motion on notice filed by the federal government, directing the lecturers to return to classrooms.

Ruling on the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit filed against ASUU by the federal government.

Displeased by the ruling, the union headed to the appeal court to appeal the ruling.

It also filed a stay of execution of the ruling of the industrial court.

But the Court of Appeal ordered the striking lecturers to “immediately” call off the eight-month strike, having struck out ASUU’s application for a stay of execution of the lower court’s order.

It said it was within ASUU’s right to appeal the decision of the industrial court.

Agreeing with the Federal Government’s argument that ASUU cannot approach the appellate court with “dirty hands”, the panel held, “should the applicant fail to obey the order (of the lower court), the leave granted shall be automatically vacated.”

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Sun, 09 Oct 2022 02:06:46 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Call Off Strike Now and Go Back To Classes, Court Of Appeal Orders ASUU https://belimedia.com.ng/call-off-strike-and-resume https://belimedia.com.ng/call-off-strike-and-resume Court of Appeal has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume work with immediate effect.

The appellate court gave the order in a ruling on an application by the ASUU seeking permission for it to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court which asked the striking lecturers to resume duty.

The Court also granted ASUU “conditional leave to appeal the order of the Industrial Court, while insisting that ASUU must obey the order of the lower court with effect from today, October 7

The 3-man panel led by Justice Hamman Barka, said for ASUU to file it’s notice of appeal within 7 days, it must show evidence that it’s members have resumed work immediately.

The panel held that failure to adhere to the order, will make the appeal incompetent before Court of Appeal.

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Fri, 07 Oct 2022 12:24:29 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Court Orders ASUU To End Strike https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-court-orders-asuu-to-end-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-court-orders-asuu-to-end-strike The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has just ruled in favour of the Nigerian Govt and has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to work with immediate effect.

This is coming as the federal government recently filed a lawsuit against striking lecturers.

Details later...

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Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:48:23 +0100 Jan Bulo
We Have Local Internal Issues, Our Staffs Won't Be Resuming Until Our Demands Are Met ~ ASUU IBBUL Chapter replies Management https://belimedia.com.ng/we-wont-be-resuming https://belimedia.com.ng/we-wont-be-resuming Having spent more than half a year at home, the management of Ibrahim Badamasi Banagida University Lapai, Niger State, had on Tuesday, 30th September, 2022 directed Students and Staffs to resume on Monday, September 5th, 2022. It was all smile as students and parents who have been waiting anxiously for the suspension of the lingering ASUU strike reacted happily and jubilated as they were on the verge of resume for continuation of academic activities.

Few moments later, the striking lecturers through the Varisty's Unions, ASUU IBBUL Chapter & JAC hit back at the school management, insisting they won't be resuming as they still have some scores to settle before going back to class, Beli Media learnt.

Prior to this development, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had earlier this week extended its 7month old strike. President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday, announced the extension which resulted to a suffocating, total, comprehensive and indefinite strike after the Federal Government of Nigeria failed to meet their demands on several occasions. Before Osodeke's annoucement, hopes were high that the strike will be called off due to several meetings held recently between both parties (ASUU & FG), but all hopes were vanished.

As we gear up towards the announced resumption date by the Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, the Chairman, ASUU IBB University Chapter, Dr Kudu Dangana on Thursday morning, responded to the latest development. Speaking during a live radio program, Dr. Kudu Dangana confirmed that the management indeed ordered for resumption and commencement of academic activities, but he and his entourage won't be part of that, as there are still lot of issues yet to be solved between the school's union and the management of the school.

Dangana said:

“We have to remain in the strike, IBB University being a state University doesn't mean we shouldn't embark on strike, there is nothing like state or federal ASUU, we're all one. We have alot of benefit from the strike, we've got alot of structures coming up, these are all struggles of ASUU. If we suspend the stike, it will block alot of benefits. We are on strike for a purpose, we are also tired of sitting at home.”

“TETFund and Needs Assessment, these are crucial things we shouldn't take for granted. ASUU has the right to sanction the University if we go against them. Approximately 1BN has been on spree since Prof. Kolo's tenure for critical use; upcoming structures in the school, conference sponsorship, PhD and Masters Sponsorship, these are all sponsored by TETfund not the state Government.”

The Chairman Joint Action Committee (JAC) Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Comrade Adamu Isah was also present to let IBBULITES & Nigerlites at large know the main reason behind them kicking against the school Management's decision to re-open schools and commence academic activities on Monday, September 5th, 2022.

Comrade Adamu said: “It's against our understanding with the Management's Governing Council, we had a meeting during the strike, aside fom the national struggle, we have our local issues, internal issues that are yet to be resolved. The immediate one was solved, but the midterm and longeterm are still yet to be solved.”

He futhermore called on the State Government and Management of IBB University, Lapai to do the needful so they can get back to class as soon as possible.

“As at September, 2021, we went to the State Assembly to seek for their intervention but nothing happened, suddenly, the national strike came up. The Speaker is aware of all the happenings,he told us he'll return to us after meeting with both parties. We await his response. We asked them to do the needful before things will get out of hand, we warned them that even after the national strike, the local strike will kick off. We also don't love sitting at home. Once they get things fixed, we'll resume work.”

Responding to a rumour that is fast spreading across the Nation that the Federal Government might scrap ASUU due to the effect it's having on Nigeria Institutions and Studnets entirely.

The IBBUL JAC Chairman said: “Government will not ban ASUU, It's a threat, it's not going to happen. ASUU have a way of responding without stressing themselves. All what we are demanding for are; improved welfare, revitalization of Universities, payment of earned academic allowance amomg others. These are things they can solve so we can resume duties.”

ASUU IBBUL Chapter is expected to meet with the management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai before the announced resumption date. If agreement is reached, the school will without doubt be declared open on Monday, September 5th, 2022 as expected an Academic activities will resume or a new date will be announced if the a positive outcome emerge after the meeting.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since February 14th, 2022. They've as well succeeded in rolling over the strike till date. With Nigeria's educational system shaking like Chelsea's defense, where does the hope of Nigerians lies and what is the future of Nigerians in Nigeria?

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Thu, 01 Sep 2022 09:48:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
Reverse your decision on strike, Federal Government tells ASUU https://belimedia.com.ng/Reverse-your-decision https://belimedia.com.ng/Reverse-your-decision Minister insists all union’s demands met

VCs, pro-chancellors to meet Education minister September 6

Parents urge parties to resume talks

The Federal Government yesterday urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reconsider the “comprehensive, total and indefinite strike action” it declared on Monday.

The government said it had invested in the education sector, especially the universities.

Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, made a presentation to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund during an oversight visit to the Federal Ministry of Education.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media/Public Affairs, Kelechi Mejuobi, Opiah said all demands of ASUU had been met.

He said the Federal Government only came up with a standard principle of “no work, no pay” which he said was a universal policy.

“The government has yielded to all the demands of ASUU. The only thing is that government doesn’t support anyone who doesn’t work but wants pay,” the minister of state said.

Opiah, who stood in for Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, believes more had been spent through TETFUND on university infrastructure than ASUU requested.

He said the issues related to welfare had also been settled.

The minister of state, however, did not provide specifics of ASUU’s demands he claimed the government met.

Aside from seeking payment of the withheld salaries of its members, ASUU is demanding the provision of funds for the revitalisation of public universities; payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)/Earned Allowances (EA) and payment of salary shortfalls.

It is also demanding an end to the proliferation of state universities, renegotiation of a 2009 agreement; adoption of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform for university teachers and payment of non-remitted check-off dues.

There were varied reactions to ASUU’s decision to roll over the strike that began on February 14

Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, urged parties to soften their hard stances for a compromise.

He faulted ASUU for dictating its salary structure and payment platform to the government.

He said: “You don’t dictate to your employer. The government is looking at the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and ASUU is insisting on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS)

“I don’t know where it is done anywhere in the world, you dictating to your employer.

“Sadly, our children are now roaming the streets doing nothing, prostitution and yahoo business is on the rise.

“Government should let us know if ASUU is over-demanding, based on the 80 per cent it said it has met. There should be compromises in negotiations.

“It says it cannot meet all of their demands because of the present economic reality in the country.

“The Finance Minister, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, says there would be no capital projects next year based on lack of funds. There should be a renegotiation between both parties.”

Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest Zone D, Stephen Tegbe, said students were tired of the situation.

To him, the Federal Government and ASUU had failed them again.

“Students have been at home for the past six months and nothing is happening from both parties.

“They are not ready to shift ground or reach a compromise. They are our parents, sadly they failed us again,” he lamented.

Adamu will meet with university pro-chancellors, chairmen of council as well as vice-chancellors on September 6.

The meeting was brokered by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The NUC, in a letter by its Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, noted that the meeting would help chart a way forward on the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.

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Wed, 31 Aug 2022 15:32:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
Strike Under Crucial Review As ASUU Decides On Resuming Academic Activities https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-under-review https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-under-review The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday met to review the ongoing strike by members of the union.

The meeting was ongoing at the ASUU secretariat located at the University of Abuja main campus as of press time.

It was gathered that the union’s leadership would make the outcome of the meeting known today.

Before the meeting commenced, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, said that ASUU cannot be banned by the Federal Government for not calling off the nearly seven-month-old strike.

The union’s leadership had called a special National Executive Council meeting to review the strike after most of its branches voted for an indefinite boycott of classrooms at their congresses last week.

The congresses okayed an indefinite strike following the government’s insistence on a no-work, no-pay policy.

Apart from seeking payment of the salaries of its members for the strike period, ASUU is demanding the provision of funds for the revitalisation of public universities; payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)/Earned Allowances (EA); payment of salary shortfalls; an end to the proliferation of state universities,   renegotiation of a 2009 agreement; adoption of  University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform for university teachers and payment of non-remitted check-off dues.

Falana called on those berating ASUU  to advise the Federal Government to accord priority to the funding of tertiary education in the country.

Falana added that the union cannot be proscribed because it is protected by Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 10 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

He, however, called on ASUU to resume negotiations with the government in the interest of students and the country.

Falana, in a statement titled “Why ASUU cannot be banned,” advised the government to faithfully implement the agreements it reached with ASUU.

Highlighting ways through which the government had orchestrated the strike, he highlighted some policies in place for it (government) to fund tertiary education.

The senior lawyer said” “Under the current democratic dispensation the fundamental right of citizens to form or belong to political parties and trade unions is guaranteed by section 40 of the Constitution and Article 10 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2022 03:58:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
Kaduna Varsity slams ASUU President over ‘quacks’ statement https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-varsity-slams-asuu-president-over-quacks-statement https://belimedia.com.ng/kaduna-varsity-slams-asuu-president-over-quacks-statement The Kaduna State University ( KASU) has condemned a statement credited to the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) describing KASU and other state owned universities as quacks.

KASU in a statement on Friday signed by Adamu Nuhu Bargo, the PRO said 

the “whole world was taken aback by the unguided, misleading and derogatory statement by the ASUU National President, Prof. Victor Emmanuel Osodeke during an interview with Arise TV on Friday, 26th August, 2022 in which he irresponsibly referred to some State-Owned Universities in Nigeria including Kaduna State University as quacks.” 

“It is obvious that by such a statement, ASUU, represented by the unguarded vituperatons of its chosen President, is not actually struggling for a better educational system in Nigeria but for personal and irrespondible aggrandisement. One may wonder whether the Professor of Soil Science really understands what the word quack represents. Quack means a person who dishonestly claims to have knowledge and skill in some field with little or no foundation, as better exemplified by professionals.”

“For the benefit of hindsight, KASU is a new generation University and the second most-sought State-Owned University as well as the fastest growing in Nigeria, which was established 18 years ago with eminent scholars like Prof. Idris A. Abdulkadir, OFR and Prof. Abubakar A. Rasheed, MFR as the pioneer Council members. These scholars-administrators made sure that the appointments of qualified Lecturers was never compromised. The foundation and ethical determination to sustain same has remained the basic principle of engaging academic & non-academic staff.”

“By the foregoing, the general public may wish to note as follows:

KASU is recognised by NUC as a standard University.

KASU has some of the best brains that is competing favourably with their counterparts around the globe. The world No 4 best polymer chemist is in KASU.

Lecturers in KASU have attracted grants both locally and internationally and are highly rated.

KASU graduates are rated among the best in the world and enjoying scholarships from different parts of the country and the globe.

KASU has members in ASUU, and it is unfortunate if the ASUU President is saying that they are quacks, while enjoying monthly check-off dues from their salaries. Does this not gives good reason for every reasonable academic staff in the University to pull out from the Union for this labeling and stereotyping?”

“I like to mention here that the highest stage of irresponsibility is insulting fellow colleagues in the academia. I thought leadership in the academia is about mutual respect and mentoring while also living by good example which the ASUU National finds it too tasking? The ASUU President was a bigot for neither mentioning Ambrose Alli University, where he came from which has pulled out from the strike long before KASU Management decided to resume academic activities in spite of the strike, nor did he refer to his own University as quack.”

“By resuming academic activities as our good conscience in KASU dictates, should never be a reason for us to be insulted and stereotyped. After all, ASUU claimed to be on strike for:

Rejecting IPPIS for UTAS (KASU has nothing to do with how other employees are paid in a country where education is in the concurrent list) 

Renegotiate the 2009 agreement (KASU Governing Council informed lecturers they shouldn’t worry that after negotiation between FG & ASUU led by its loquacious President, it’ll look into how to implement the agreement without encumbrances)

Release funds to revitalize the infrastructure of the Universities (release of funds is being determined by the economy and income of government and not by any strike action)

*: Pay outstanding EAA to date (Kaduna State has paid far more to its lecturers the EEA than any FG University did to its own Universities)

Release of the White Paper on Visitation Panels (This has nothing to do with State universities & KASU should not stunt its progress in a protracted strike that is becoming unreasonably insensitive)

Lest i forget, when ASUU in KASU joined the strike in 2019 and govt paid the 40% salary for work done for the month, ASUU National did virtually nothing positive beyond ranting so that the outstanding 60% has not been paid till date. If someone thinks the National President of ASUU can go on strike because of this, is only joking!!! “

“Let me use this medium to call on Academic staff on strike in KASU to reason and be more concerned with their University and people than the irritating attitude of their irrational leader that label’s them as Quacks.”

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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 17:44:27 +0100 Jan Bulo
Pay Salary Backlog Or Forget Unfinished Academic Session &ASUU dares FG https://belimedia.com.ng/forget-unfinished-academic-session-if-you-cant-pay https://belimedia.com.ng/forget-unfinished-academic-session-if-you-cant-pay If the government maintains its stance on the non-payment of salary backlog, members of the union are not obliged to make up for the lost academic time---ASUU PRESIDENT SPEAKS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the lecturers are insisting on payment of salary backlog since members will work to cover lost grounds. 

President of the union Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made the remark on Friday, explaining that though public varsities have been shut since February, the lecturers have to teach to make up for time lost during the closure.

Osodeke was speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily following the government’s insistence on non-payment of the lecturers since the strike started.

“Let me tell you the difference between ASUU and other labour unions. When other unions go on strike and come back, all those periods for which you are on strike, you don’t need to do the backlog of work,” the ASUU chief explained.

“But for ASUU, when we go back today, we are going to start from the 2020/2021 session. For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we have to teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system.

“So, we are going to do the backlog of the work we have left behind. We are not going to start today and say ‘This session is 2022/2023, therefore, all these two sets of people that have been admitted by JAMB are cancelled. We have to take another admission for the 2023/2024 session’.”

According to him, if the government maintains its stance on the non-payment of salary backlog, members of the union are not obliged to make up for the lost academic time.

“If we agree on that, therefore, the lectures we should have given [to students] for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 [sessions], they should be allowed to go so we start a new session 2022/2023 within September which is when a new session should start,” Professor Osodeke added.

“Therefore by July next year, I would go on my leave as we used to have in those days so that the backlog is gone. All the lectures that remain; all the two sets of admissions that JAMB has given that are waiting should become irrelevant.”

He said that ASUU does not need a pity party over the government’s withholding of the lecturers’ wages, maintaining that the union “can take care” of its members.

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 11:56:25 +0100 Jan Bulo
Strike: No arrears, no resumption, ASUU warns FG https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-no-arrears-no-resumption-asuu-warns-fg https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-no-arrears-no-resumption-asuu-warns-fg The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday said it would not call off its strike until the salary arrears of its members were paid.

The university lecturers also said they would not teach students to make up for the six months they had been on strike if the Federal Government failed to pay for the “period of strike.”

The union’s national president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in response to a statement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that the Federal Government would not concede to ASUU’s demands for the backlog of salaries withheld within the period.

ASUU embarked on a one-month warning strike on February 14. However, the union has extended the strike several times in the past six months.

Other associations such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions and National Association of Academic Technologists later followed suit, shutting down public universities nationwide.

Adamu had told State House correspondents on Thursday that the government would not pay the lecturers for the period of strike.

But reacting to the government’s position, Osodeke said, “He is joking. If they fail to pay, we will not teach those students; we won’t make up for that period. We will start a new session (2022/2023). We won’t conduct examinations; we will start a fresh session totally.

“Lecturers are not doctors that once life is gone, it can’t be brought back. For lecturers, we can still resume where we stopped and still teach them and make up for lost time. But for us, if they fail to pay we won’t make up for the lost time. We won’t go back to fill backlogs; the schools will start a new session, 2022/2023. Examinations and the period lost won’t be taught.”

He added, ‘’If they want to do ‘no work no pay,’ we will also do ‘no pay no work.’ If they won’t pay the backlog, we won’t teach the backlog. We are not like other workers. He doesn’t know what he is saying.”

‘FG’s offer miserable’

Explaining why the meeting with the government had been unable to resolve the lingering strike in a statement on Thursday, Osodeke explained that the government’s offer was poor.

He disclosed that the union told the Federal Government through the ministry of education to return to the New Draft Agreement of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Renegotiation Committee whose work spanned a total of five and half years as a demonstration of good faith.

ASUU had earlier met with the government through the Prof Nimi Briggs committee.

The statement titled, ‘Why ASUU rejects government’s award of salary’, read, “The major reason given by the Federal Government for the miserly offer-paucity of revenue, is not tenable.

“This is because of several reasons, chief of which is poor management of the economy. This has given rise to leakages in the revenue of governments at all levels. There is wasteful spending, misappropriation of funds and outright stealing of our collective patrimony.

“ASUU believes that if the leakages in the management of the country’s resources are stopped, there will be more than enough to meet the nation’s revenue and expenditure targets without borrowing and plunging the country into a debt crisis as is the case now.”

Osodeke in the statement explained that the government imposed the ongoing strike action on ASUU, saying the FG encouraged it to linger because of its provocative indifference.

The union further said, “The Munzali Jibril-led renegotiation committee submitted the first Draft Agreement in May 2021, but the government’s official response did not come until about one year later! Again, awards presented by the Nimi Briggs-led Team came across in a manner of take-it-or-leave-it on a sheet of paper. No serious country in the world treats their scholars this way.”

It stressed that the government’s surreptitious move to set aside the principle of collective bargaining, which was globally in practice, had the potential of damaging lecturers’ psyche and destroying their commitment to the university system.

According to ASUU, rejecting a salary package arrived at through collective bargaining is a repudiation of the government’s pronouncements on reversing brain drain.

However, speaking to journalists at the 47th session of the State House Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the education minister said ASUU’s demands to be paid salaries for the six-month strike period is stalling its negotiations with the union.

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 04:40:03 +0100 Jan Bulo
ASUU STRIKE: “Get Your PVC & Vote Out Those Who Subjected You To This, They Don't Care About You”~ ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke Tells Nigerians https://belimedia.com.ng/vote-out-those-who-are-responsible-for-this https://belimedia.com.ng/vote-out-those-who-are-responsible-for-this President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the union’s strike is preparing today’s students to make sacrifices for the coming generations to have basic amenities and have easy access to quality education.

Osodeke spoke at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, during the union’s congress.

The ASUU president said the current strike by members of the union will linger until the Federal Government is ready to agree to their terms.

He said: “The affected students are making sacrifices for development in the schools so that future generations can benefit. For anything to develop, some people will make sacrifices. You will agree with me that Nigerian universities are on the verge of collapsing. This struggle is not just for them but the future generations.”

Osodeke alerted the nation to exodus of Nigerian lecturers in large numbers as a result of the ongoing strike.

He said: “Large numbers of lecturers have moved out not because they hate this country but because of the way they are being treated. There’s no country in the world that their academics will go on strike and you think the best weapon to use is to seize their salary.”

“When we were on the strike, lecturers in the United Kingdom (UK) also went on strike. It didn’t take two days for them to resolve it.

“When Ghanaian lecturers went on strike, they resolved it. But here, they felt nonchalant. Do you know why? It is because they (government officials) have no commitments. Their children are not here.

Osodeke said they're striving for the future generation & to as well let Nigerians know of the current issues about the lingering strike.

He said: “The beauty of what have done now is that we have mobilized Nigerians to know that their leaders have no feelings for them, they don't care about Nigerian students & have no feelings for Nigeria as a country, that is why they are looking down on the educational system, allowing Universities to be shut down for almost 8 momths without response. That will never happen in any country in the world.”

“My advise to the students is this; for any country to develope, people must make sacrifices and that is what we are doing. You must agree with me that Nigerian Universities are almost on the verge of collapsing if not for ASUU and their present struggles. Despite the fact that we're at home, we are making sacrifices for the future generation.”

“If by this strike, Universities are well funded, students live in good hostels, stay in class rooms where they don't have to hang around during lectures, or sitting on a bare floor, go to laboratories that is equivalent to that of any school in the world, sit in the same classroom with children of Ministers, Governors, children from UK, America, Ghana and be learning, they could have made sacrifice for the future generation.”

Prof. Osodeke futhermore called on Nigerian students to vote out those who are responsible for the whole scenario at the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

“We also appeal to Nigerians, this is their life and the beauty is that in the next 5 or 6 months there will be election, they should get their PVC's & for all those who have subjected them to this, they should vote them out, it's their right. They voted them in, so anybody who has allowed them to stay at home while their children are enjoying education abroad should be voted out. It's their right, they should use their PVC.”

ASUU has been on strike since February 2022 & they're yet to suspend the action as Federal Government are still yet to meet their demands.

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Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:17:12 +0100 Jan Bulo
JUST IN: “it’s destroying our nation’s human capital” – Call Off Strike, Buhari Tells ASUU https://belimedia.com.ng/just-in-its-destroying-our-nations-human-capital-call-off-strike-buhari-tells-asuu https://belimedia.com.ng/just-in-its-destroying-our-nations-human-capital-call-off-strike-buhari-tells-asuu The president of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari has once again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off the ongoing strike, noting that it’s destroying the nation’s human capital.

Buhari made this appeal at a Special Convocation ceremony organized to confer an Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters on Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi by the University of Maiduguri.

The president’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari represented Buhari at the occasion which was held on Friday, August 12, 2022.

He said;

”I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the ASUU to reconsider its stance to call off their 7 months old strike, as students and their parents are desirous to see that schools are reopened.

The nation cannot afford long interruption of higher education of the youths and wouldn’t undermine the development of the nation’s human capital in a strictly competitive world”.

“In this regard, I want to convey President Muhammadu Buhari’s call for ASUU to call off their strike and return to the classroom.”

Buhari added that his call for the end of the strike is to allow students to return to class, adding that his administration has done a good job in implementing an economic diversification plan, unlike past administrations that promised and failed to diversify since 1999.

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Sat, 13 Aug 2022 07:26:32 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: We Are Suprised, We Are Not Aware, It's The Work Of The Enemies Says Malagi Campaign Team https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-we-are-suprised-we-are-not-aware-its-the-work-of-the-enemies-says-malagi-campaign-team https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-we-are-suprised-we-are-not-aware-its-the-work-of-the-enemies-says-malagi-campaign-team Mohammed Idris Malagi's camp has come out to debunk the latest controversial news in circulation. They said they know nothing about the re run of NNPP Gubernatorial Primary Election that took place today in Minna, the Niger State Capital.

They added that Malagi is still a solid member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) & didn't participate in the just concluded NNPP rescheduled Primary Election in Minna as they know nothing about it.

As it stands, Mohammed Idris Malagi is yet to release an official statement regarding the latest development but is expected to do so as soon as possible.

Member Niger State House of Assembly representing Chanchaga constituency, Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni who is a close associate to Mohammed Idris Malagi revealed to the press this afternoon that they have no idea on the controversy circulating.

In his words, he said;

“I'm suprised, everyone here is suprised, we're currently in shock over what we just heard. I've been receiving calls since morning over the recent happening linked to Malagi.”

He futhermore added that Malagi is still an APC member and didn't participate in the rescheduled NNPP Gubernatorial Primary Election.

“As I speak to you now, Malagi is an APC member and have no intention of leaving the party. He hasn't notified us about anything, so to us, what we're seeing today is like a joke. The public will get to hear from him soon.”

NNPP Niger State Chapter earlier today announced that the former APC Governorship aspirant has clinched its gubernatorial ticket after emerging winner of the party's rescheduled gubernatorial election which will see him replace Alhaji Ibrahim Yahaya Muhammed (Sokodeke) as NNPP Governorship Candidate of the State.

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Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:03:40 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Malagi Back In The Race As He Emerges Winner Of Niger State NNPP Reschedule Gubernatorial Primary Election https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-malagi-back-in-the-race-as-he-emerges-winner-of-niger-state-nnpp-reschedule-gubernatorial-primary-election https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-malagi-back-in-the-race-as-he-emerges-winner-of-niger-state-nnpp-reschedule-gubernatorial-primary-election Mohammed Idris Malagi has won the Niger State NNPP reschedule Gubernatorial primary election conducted today the at the State Party Secretariat in Minna.

Malagi was among the Aspirants who lost the Governorship ticket to Umar Bago at the just concluded Primary Election under the platform of the APC.

This new development will see him face off against Hon. Umar Bago of the All Progressive Congress & Alh. Isah Liman Kantigi of the People's Democratic Party come 2023 at the General Elections.

Details later...

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Thu, 11 Aug 2022 14:28:36 +0100 Jan Bulo
Strike Can Be Resolved In Two Days, Not Weeks – ASUU President Tells Buhari https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-can-be-resolved-in-two-days-not-weeks-asuu-president-tells-buhari https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-can-be-resolved-in-two-days-not-weeks-asuu-president-tells-buhari The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the two-week ultimatum issued by the President to resolve the concerns raised by the union is too much.

For the lecturers, it will not take more than two days to address the issues that have plunged the nation’s public university system into a prolonged strike that is currently in its fifth month.

ASUU Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this in Abuja when he appeared as a guest on Tuesday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Two weeks is too long,” he said. “The issue of renegotiation has been completed by both sides. Just come back to us and say ‘we have agreed’, that will not take two days. We were told they spent billions to feed children in school; is that correct, how many children have you seen being fed?

“Nigerians spend not less than N200 billion as school fees paid to Ghanaian universities every year. Government should prioritise education as number one in the country because all of us must pass through the school.”

Hours before Osodeke’s interview, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and relevant members of his cabinet where he received briefings on the current face-off between the government and university unions, including ASUU.

At the meeting, he directed the education minister to proffer a solution to the continued industrial action by the lecturers and report back to him in two weeks.

President Buhari had also instructed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who were also present, to be in attendance in all the meetings to speedily resolve the crisis.

While the ASUU president sees the President’s action as a welcome development, he is of the opinion that giving such a directive is not new.

He believes the government is still unserious with the lingering strike by the university lecturers, stressing that it does not require such a long timeframe to resolve the issues.

Professor Osodeke recalled the intervention of religious leaders in the crisis under the auspices of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) who met with the President over the matter.

Following the meeting in February, he explained that President Buhari set up a three-man committee comprising his Chief of Staff, Ngige, and Adamu, to quickly resolve the issue within one month.

“That committee didn’t invite us for a meeting until we rolled over the strike in May and we all went. Now another 12 days? If we are serious, if we really want to resolve this problem, it will not take two days.

“All issues have been discussed, government representatives have met with ASUU, and there is a draft joint agreement to look at and come back for the signature. Does it take you two weeks to look at what you have negotiated?” the ASUU president queried.

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Wed, 20 Jul 2022 04:12:22 +0100 Jan Bulo
“No Going Back,” ASUU Blames Labour Minister Ngige For Lingering Strike https://belimedia.com.ng/no-going-back-asuu-blames-labour-minister-ngige-for-lingering-strike https://belimedia.com.ng/no-going-back-asuu-blames-labour-minister-ngige-for-lingering-strike ASUU National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, briefs reporters on the lingering strike by the union in Abuja on July 19, 2022.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that it will not back down on the strike by members of the union across the country, which is currently in its fifth month.

ASUU National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this on Tuesday while briefing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Lecturers in government-owned universities embarked on a nationwide strike on February 14 over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) of the government as the payment system in the university sector.

They had also decried the poor funding of universities, non-payment of salaries and allowances of some of their colleagues, as well as the inability of the government to pay earned academic allowance to lecturers, among other issues.

Since the industrial action began, several negotiations between the union and the government have ended in deadlock.

Amid outcry over the effect of the industrial action on the nation’s tertiary education sector, various individuals and groups have asked the government to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

In his briefing on Tuesday in the nation’s capital, Professor Osedeke said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige should be blamed for the present situation.

Read the full text of the briefing by the ASUU president below:

Comrades and compatriots of the Press,

It has become imperative for us in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to update Nigerians and lovers of education everywhere in the world on the status of our ongoing nationwide strike action which began on 14th February 2022. The need for doing so could be traced to two sources. First, as a union of intellectuals that deals with facts and verifiable claims, there is need to put the records straight on our engagements with the government.

This need becomes very compelling against the backdrop of the statements recently pushed out from the government quarters. Specifically, there have been insinuations by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, that there was no agreement between ASUU and the government; that ASUU sat down to fix its own members’ salaries; and that our Union asked representatives of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to recuse themselves from the negotiations.

Also, it appears that Dr. Ngige has deliberately misrepresented the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) convention on the collective bargaining agreement and the roles of a conciliator to serve his propagandist interest in this matter.

ON AGREEMENT OR NO AGREEMENT

Following the resumption of the strike action by our Union at the University of Lagos, on the 14th February 2022, we participated at several meetings at the instance of the Ministry of Labour and Employment chaired by Dr. Chris Ngige as “Conciliator”. To our utter dismay, nothing concrete came out of the endless deliberations as the Conciliator kept approbating and reprobating. For instance, he would declare that he fully supported our demand that the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU be speedily concluded within six weeks while at the same time creating an unrealistic pathway to arriving at a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Similarly, Dr. Ngige kept going back and forth on concluding the integrity test for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for replacing the discredited Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS) contrary to the letters and spirit of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of December 2021. Matters got to a head when our Union leaders were forced to express their frustration at one of the so-called conciliatory meetings.

When we expressed our frustration at the manner the engagement processes were going, Dr Chirs Ngige. went on to lampoon the Ministry of Education; saying he was not our employer. At a point, he directed our Union to go and picket the office of the Minister of Education, who is our employer! Subsequently, he tactfully recused himself.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), having observed the snail speed and lack of result, threatened and called on the Federal government to set up a high-powered committee to look into the matter. The NLC’s intervention resulted in the “Tripartite-plus” meeting chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander in Chief, Prof Ibrahim Gambari on 12th May 2022. Contrary to his claim, the meeting that held at the State House Banquet Hall was not convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment.

In fact, Dr. Ngige did everything within his capacity to frustrate the suggestion by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and supported by the Co-chair of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Revd. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, that the embargo placed on university workers’ salaries be lifted to pave way for amicable resolution of the crisis.

For the avoidance of doubt, at no point did ASUU say the President and Commander-in-Chief was going to sign any agreement between us and the government. What we said was that our Draft Agreement was receiving attention by the President. Our claim about a Draft Agreement was predicated on the fact that it was the second document to be produced by a joint Renegotiating Committee of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement comprising representatives of MDAs and the ASUU team.

The first draft was coordinated by Emeritus Prof. Munzali Jibril, who took over the Chairmanship of the joint renegotiating committee from Dr. Wale Babalakin. That draft was submitted in May 2021 but was rejected by the government a year later! The second and current report was arrived at after the government’s team was reconstituted in April 2022 under the Chairmanship of Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs.

The Briggs-led Renegotiating Committee began their work with extensive consultations with heads of relevant units in the MDAs and shared a written submission of their findings with our union. We were reassured then, that the new committee had a clear mandate to review the Munzali-led committee’s report through a collective bargaining process. It was that process that produced a Draft Renegotiated Agreement on 16th June 2022.

The government team was expected to present the draft document to its principal as done a year earlier. ASUU did not expect the President of the Federal Republic to sign the document because neither the 2009 Agreement under review nor any of the previous ones were signed directly by the Head of the Government.

What we said and we are saying is that the government team was expected to obtain the needed clearance to sign the Draft Agreement which came out of a collective bargaining process that began way back in 2017! If Dr. Ngige means well as a “conciliator”, why will he be putting roadblocks on the path to completing a process that has dragged on for more than five years?

LABOUR MINISTER AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, as the chief labour ministry of the country, is principally expected to apprehend disputes between employers and employees with a view to settling such disputes. The Ministry shall normally await reports of disputes by either side to the disputes for settlement. When the Minister apprehends a dispute, he/she must communicate to the parties or their representatives, his or her own proposal for the resolution of the dispute.

However, ASUU has always had serious reservations about the claim of “conciliation” by someone who has taken sides in the dispute, or by an unabashed protagonist in the crisis such as the current Minister of Labour and Employment. It is antithetical to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions (98, 151 & 154) on collective bargaining and tripartism.

It is against the principle of natural justice and the doctrine of equality for Dr. Ngige who carries himself as if he has personal scores to settle with ASUU and shoots down the Union everywhere it matters to assume the role of conciliator.

The Trade Dispute Act, the principal legislation for labour relations, does not empower the Minister to assume the office of conciliator. This is to guarantee the principle of ‘’good faith’’ in negotiations, which implies making every effort to reach an agreement, conducting genuine and constructive negotiations and applying them in good faith. A collective agreement is between an employer or group of employers or representative agent, on the one hand, and one or more workers’ organisation on the other.

To the extent that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, empanelled the Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs committee to negotiate on its behalf with university-based Unions in Nigeria, the purpose of which is to create and agreement between the parties, that committee is the representative agent of government. Any resolution(s), reached by the parties, such as draft agreements, are then to be ratified by the authorised signatories on behalf of the parties to achieve a binding collective bargaining agreement.

ASUU, therefore, makes bold to say that the Minister of Labour and Employment has taken upon himself the role of unabashed protagonist in our ongoing dispute with the government of Nigeria for some inexplicable reasons. Dr. Ngige earlier told whoever cared to listen that he was not the employer of university academics and advised the union to march to the Ministry of Education. Nigerians may wish to know why he has suddenly turned around to constitute himself into an impediment to an amicable resolution of the ongoing crisis.

FUNDING OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Comrades and compatriots, it has become the pastime of government officials to talk tough about billions and trillions of naira whenever the thorny issues of education and health sectors’ funding come up for mention. However, it is common knowledge that various sums of money in the same region which could have been deployed for human capacity development and public good usually develop into the thin air at the end of the day!

We are therefore not surprised the leadership of the Ministry of Labour and Employment could condescend to the point of denigrating the import of massive injection of fund into the University Education sub-sector as they tried to miserably dismiss the vexed issue of funding Nigerian public universities and uplifting the country’s intellectual capital. While government and its agents, would like to look at the issue in the ‘’here and now’’ and funding as a one-off matter, we prefer to look at it longitudinally.

ASUU believes that the idea of availability of funds is a dynamic process. For instance, government can mobilize funds from different sources including non-budgetary outlets like stamp-duty, GSM and alcoholic taxes. These were parts of our recommendations at the National Workshop organised by the Federal government on sustainable funding of education in Nigeria, held between 27th and 28th November, 2018, at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja.

At the workshop, MDAs were also challenged to remit, for the purpose of raising budgetary profile, excesses that accrue and not accounted for. We insist that, until and unless these sources of ‘loose funds’ are pooled and appropriated in support of education funding, Nigerian Universities will not be positioned to compete globally as well as develop and attract local and foreign grants.

The Minister of Education admitted at the Inter-Ministerial Retreat in November 2017 that Nigeria was lagging behind less endowed African countries in terms of investment in education. In his words “None of the E9 or D8 countries allocates less than 20% of its annual budget to education”. In the last seven years of the outgoing government the country’s annual budgetary allocation have not gone beyond eight percent! Is this progress?

We are appalled by the recent calls by top government functionaries at both federal and state levels to establish more universities at a time agencies run by same Chief Executives are tightly squeezed for funding. The little that is available is thinly spread across many tertiary institutions with minimal impact.

Many heads of tertiary institutions in the country would not hesitate to confess that their universities polytechnics and colleges would have gone under but for the existence of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). We restate our opposition to the proliferation of universities and other tertiary institutions merely for political gains or electoral value. Nigerians should read through the intentions of hypocritic political jobbers when dangling the carrots of siting institutions they have no intention of developing to compete with others in Africa and beyond.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

ASUU appreciates some recent efforts by critical stakeholders across the broad spectrum of the Nigerian society to resolve the logjam and restore normalcy on our university campuses. The initiatives of the NLC and its affiliate unions are quite commendable. But it is not over until it is over! We also acknowledge the interest of political actors in various groups and platforms who have promised to wade in.

ASUU’s doors of engagements are wide open to all, but we remain unsympathetic to political party sentiments and blackmail irrespective of where such are coming. For a greater and better Nigeria, education is key. So, we remain focused on our goal of making the Nigerian University system internationally competitive and our getting our products to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers in any part of the world.

We appreciate the teeming Nigerians for identifying with our vision in this respect. We specifically acknowledge the support and sacrifices of our students (including our members who are running their postgraduate programmes) as well as their parents; they are our critical partners in this transformation project. We in ASUU shall do our utmost best not to let you down.

Compatriots of the Press, ASUU appreciates your concerns and sympathetic support. We are as bothered as you are because we share a common interest in the Nigeria project.

However, ASUU shall continue to be guided by the sacred canons of integrity, objectivity, and responsibility to which both academics and media practitioners subscribe. It is our fervent hope and desire that the current groundswell of interests would culminate in a convergence of solutions to this avoidable crisis in the overall interest of Nigeria. Together, we shall win.

The struggle continues!

Thank you.

Emmanuel Osodeke

President

19th July, 2022

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Wed, 20 Jul 2022 04:05:33 +0100 Jan Bulo
Facts About Bishop Isaac Idahosa (PhD), Kwankwaso's Running Mate https://belimedia.com.ng/facts-about-bishop-isaac-idahosa-phd-kwankwasos-running-mate https://belimedia.com.ng/facts-about-bishop-isaac-idahosa-phd-kwankwasos-running-mate The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has unveiled his running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa (PhD)

Here are what you need to know about, Kwankwaso's running mate Bishop Isaac Idahosa 

Bishop Isaac Idahosa was born on the 8th of February 1965 at Kontagora of Niger state, He is from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. 

Educational Background

1. He obtain his Primary Education at Nagwamatse Primary School Kontagora, Niger State 1972-1978

2. He proceeded to Government Technical College, Kontagora, Niger State. 1979-1984

3. He proceeded to Kaduna State Polytechnic (Department of Mechanical Engineering) 1986-1988

4. Also a graduate of International Christain University, Isolo Lagos State, Where he bagged the following Degrees; 

- Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Theology

1998-2000

- Master of Theology (M.Th) Theology

2002-2004

- Doctor of Divinity (D.D) - Christain Education

2004-2006

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Christain Education

2020-2022

5. Bishop Isaac Idahosa is the General Overseer of GOD FIRST MINISTRIES INC.

August 25,1989 Till Date

6. He was consecrated as a Bishop by the interfaith College of Bishop by His Grace, Archbishop John Alagbala Osa-Oni -

February 2011 

7. He is the Regional Director of Africa College of Bishops and Apostles (AFRICOBA), USA, South Africa and Nigeria.

8. He is Member of Province Advisory Council (PAC) Eti-Osa Province of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos State..

9. He was Consecrated as Archbishop-Designate by the interfaith College of Bishops By His Grace, Archbishop John Alagbala Osa-Oni - February 2020

10. He is a Member, Advisory Council of Directorate of Politics and Governance (DPG), Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos State.

10. He is a Member, Board of Directors Quantum Sports Limited.

And Lastly He is married to Christy Idahosa and they are blessed with children, Christabel and Apostle Osagie Idahosa

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Mon, 18 Jul 2022 17:10:06 +0100 Jan Bulo
Strike Can End Tomorrow – ASUU https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-can-end-tomorrow-asuu https://belimedia.com.ng/strike-can-end-tomorrow-asuu The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has revealed that the ongoing industrial action can end tomorrow.

According to the Union, the industrial action will end immediately once the federal government addresses their concerns.

This was disclosed by the ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday night.

Osodeke also revealed that the Union has reached an agreement with the federal government, but no signatures have been signed.

Osodeke said the insistence by ASUU on using its own payment platform, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), was a key demand the government must accept.

“As far as ASUU is concerned, the strike can end tomorrow,” Osedeke said.

“We have finished the negotiation. If the government calls us now to come and sign the agreement, we will be there tomorrow.

“Let the government tell us they have finished testing the UTAS and we have accepted it, then we will call off the strike.

“When will they sign the agreement? When will they accept UTAS? Those are the two questions we should ask the Nigerian government,” Osodeke added.

Recall that the ongoing strike is in its fifth month, after the lecturers shutdown schools in early 2022.

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Tue, 05 Jul 2022 07:25:43 +0100 Jan Bulo
BREAKING: Young Man Loses Life In Minna After Clashing With A Soldier https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-young-man-loses-life-in-minna-after-clashing-with-a-soldier https://belimedia.com.ng/breaking-young-man-loses-life-in-minna-after-clashing-with-a-soldier A boy has lost his life after getting involved in a clash with a Soldier at Shafa Filling Station close to Obasanjo Complex in Minna, Niger State Capital.

Eye witness have confirmed that the Soldier man had a dispute with the Manager of the filling station that resulted to exchanging of slap.

Moments later, the situation got worsened, A fuel attendant of the filling got pissed off and didn't hesitate to launch a slap on the soldiers as well, he futhermore brought out his cutlass to threaten the Soldier.

The Soldier man couldn't resist what the boy did to him, he immediately brought out his gun and pulled the trigger on the fuel attendant.

The boy was rushed to General Hospital Minna. Moments later, the boy was annouced dead.

Shafa filling station has been closed down till further notice as at the time of this report.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:12:11 +0100 Jan Bulo
Niger PDP unveils first Christian gov running mate in 16 years https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-pdp-unveils-first-christian-gov-running-mate-in-16-years-18302 https://belimedia.com.ng/niger-pdp-unveils-first-christian-gov-running-mate-in-16-years-18302 The Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has unveiled a Christian, Samuel Gomna, as running mate for the 2023 governorship candidate after 16 years of fielding muslim-muslim ticket.

The party, through its governorship candidate, Isah Kantigi, did the unveiling at the party secretariat in Minna on Sunday.

The selection of a Christian as the party running mate is coming 16 years after both the PDP and the All progressive Congress have been fielding muslim-muslim tickets during elections.

Kantigi, during his remarks, said the nominee was successful after due consultations and guidance devoid of sentiment or discrimination for the progress of a common man in the state.

He assured that if elected, his administration will give priority to rural development to reduce rural urban migration and he will be there for the people of the state.

The candidate said, “I am ready to die for you all, I am ready to die for the common man to make sure they are protected.”

Responding, Samuel Gomna accused the ruling APC in the country for playing lip service to end insurgency and assured to bring to an end the current insecurity challenges confronting the state and Nigeria.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:56:52 +0100 Jan Bulo
Police Bust Kano Imposter Blackmailing Facebook Lovers With Nudes https://belimedia.com.ng/police-bust-kano-imposter-blackmailing-facebook-lovers-with-nudes https://belimedia.com.ng/police-bust-kano-imposter-blackmailing-facebook-lovers-with-nudes A young man, Musa Lurwanu Maje, has been arrested by the police in Kano for catfishing and blackmailing people on Facebook.

Posing as Zahra Mansur, the suspect confessed to creating the account to defraud and blackmail people.

A statement by the spokesman for Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said Mr Maje had also confessed to cajoling some men to send them nude pictures and consequently blackmail them to give him money.

MR KIYAWA, A SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, NOTED THAT THE SUSPECT SPECIALIZED IN USING MALE AND FEMALE NAMES, CREATING SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS, AND DEFRAUDING HIS VICTIMS, “ESPECIALLY RANDY LOVERS”.

READ FULL POLICE STATEMENT BELOW

ARREST OF A SUSPECTED NOTORIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA FRAUDSTER

Between April to June 2022, there was a public outcry on the activities of a notorious fraudster on various Social Media platforms that specialized in using male and female names, pictures, and videos, creating various accounts on Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., and defrauding many people, especially randy lovers. One Zahra Mansur, ‘f’, 20 years old also complained that she received phone calls from her close associates that someone uses her name, pictures, and videos, creating Facebook accounts, and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

2. On receipt of these reports, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprit. The team immediately swung into action using technical support.

3. Sustained efforts and intelligence-led follow-up, led to the arrest of the suspect, one Musa Lurwanu Maje, ‘m’, popularly known on the Social Media as Musa L Maje, 26 years old, of Sitti Village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State. The suspect was arrested in possession of a Redmi Note 11 Pro mobile phone valued at Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000:00) and other accessories bought from the proceeds of fraud. The sum of Seventy Thousand Naira was also recovered from his possession. Nude pictures and videos of victims were also recovered from him.

4. On investigation, the suspect confessed that he specialized in the use of Social Media and creates fake Social Media accounts to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. He claimed to have created a fake Facebook account bearing “Zahra Mansur” and uses her pictures and videos to defraud people without her consent. He also confessed to having deceived many people and got their nude pictures and videos, and threatened to blackmail them if they refuse to send money to him.

5. The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi directed for discreet investigation, after which the suspect will be charged to Court for prosecution. Anyone with a complaint against the suspect should contact 08067060267 or 08065060100. The good people of the State are advised to be cautious of their social media engagements, avoid sharing sensitive information with unknown persons, like pictures, videos, bank details, etc., and shun all forms of hate speeches and sharing of fake news, such as the Command will remain committed to ensuring peace continue to prevail in Kano State. Thank you and God bless.

SP ABDULLAHI HARUNA KIYAWA, ANIPR,

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, KANO STATE COMMAND.

The Kano State Police Command, on Sunday, said it arrested a suspected social media fraudster, Musa Maje.

A statement by the state police spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, said a manhunt for the suspect was launched following public outcry on his activities.

“One Zahra Mansur, 20,