NIGERIA: Mimiko disengages aides, commends them for selfless service

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Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Tuesday announced the disengagement of his Special Assistants (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).

Mr Eni Akinsola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor made the announcement in a statement issued to newsmen in Akure.

The statement said Mimiko thanked the outgoing aides for their selfless service to his administration and the state.

While soliciting their continued support for his administration, Mimiko said the action had become necessary in view of the restructuring and repositioning currently being undertaken by government for better service delivery.

"I can only thank you for your services to the government and people of Ondo State who elected us for the delivery of sundry democratic dividends."

"I appreciate your selflessness and dedication and wish you well in your future endeavours," the statement quoted the governor as saying.

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NIGERIA: Senate confirms appointment of service chiefs

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After a gruelling five hour closed door screening session, the Senate President,Bukola Saraki has announced the confirmation of the service chiefs’ appointment.

The Senate President added that the appointment of the service chiefs was based on merit, He also admonished them to live above board.

Saraki also said that the confirmation of the service chiefs’ appointment was in line with the dictates of the constitution as stated in Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

The service chiefs are: General Abayomi Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Major-General Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Vice-Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).

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NIGERIA: President appoints Exxon-Mobil Vice Chairman to head NNPC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Emmanuel Kachikwu to serve as the new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Kachikwu’s appointment was announced today, August 4, 2015, via a statement released by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

Kachikwu was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa) before his appointment and is set to replace former GMD, Joseph Dawha.

According to the statement, Buhari also approved the appointment of Umaru Danbatta as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

Danbatta takes over from Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015.

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NIGERIA: 5 killed in fresh Adamawa attack

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About five people have been killed in Adamawa State following an attack by terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

The incident is said to have occurred on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Kobachwa village in the Madagali area of the state.

The attack was confirmed by state lawmaker, Emmanuel Tsamdu, who said that residents of the area had been trained to repel further attacks.

“It is from these hideouts in the surrounding mountains which dots its landscape that the insurgents also come out from to unleash attacks on the villagers who are mostly farmers,” Tsamdu told Premium Times.

“The attacks have forced us and the entire community to arm and equip about 200 vigilantes in the area to repel future attacks,” he adeed.

He also said that similar attacks had occurred in the Midigu, Lanssa, Immulsa, Kubula, Sabon Gari and Wagachakawa areas in the last five days

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‘Jonathan abused the hell out of my life,’ Ex-Governor says

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Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan picked a quarrel with him because he refused to support an increase in subsidy payments.

Amaechi also said that under the regime of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, subsidy payments amounted to N300 billion but they rose to N1.9 trillion during Jonathan’s administration.

The former governor made the comments on Sunday, August 2, 2015 during a dinner organized in his honour in Abuja.

Amaechi said:

“When the trouble between me and the former President started, as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the oil subsidy was N300bn under President Obasanjo. It remained the same under Yar’Adua. Six months of President Goodluck Jonathan, the oil subsidy rose to N1.9trn. Is it that the country now doubled its population or bought more machines or started manufacturing?”

“As the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, I was in a position to get my own share of the N1.9trn, but I chose the part of honesty and truth; you cannot catch me being dishonest.”

“There was a time I walked into a meeting with the former President (Goodluck Jonathan) and in the meeting, the argument was that they wanted more money for oil subsidy. As the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, I stood my ground and told the then President I was not going to support that.”

“He asked me why and I explained that we are already in court with you on the issue of fuel subsidy. The ex-President abused the hell out of my life. I have huge respect for the President, but the only thing that made me disagree with him was on the issue of the management of the country’s treasury.”

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‘Oil theft was a major challenge during my tenure’ – Ex-president says

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, August 4, identified bunkering and vandalism as the "most challenging problems’’ that confronted his eight-year tenure as Nigeria’s President.

Obasanjo made the remark at his Hill top residence in Abeokuta when he received Ade Abolurin (rtd), the former Corp Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).

He said that in his bid to effectively tackle vandalism, he ensured that he institutionalised the NSCDC through an Act of Parliament.

Obasanjo said he has no regret for doing that because the corp has turned out to be one of the government agencies that "I am very, very proud of."

"Some of the things that I had to confront during my tenure as President of Nigeria were pipeline vandalism, holdup, and stealing of crude oil.

"That stealing is what they call bunkering; there is nothing like bunkering, it is outright stealing."

"We used all the available agencies and resources; and your organisation as a voluntary organisation, unpaid, unremunerated, unrecognised and not institutionalised, was doing great job without being armed and without being equipped.

"That meant the height of commitment, nationalism, patriotism and service to fatherland and service to humanity.

"Of course, I didn't hesitate to move ahead for an Act of Parliament to be able to organise you into what you are today," he said.

Obasanjo commended Abolurin for leading the organisation to an enviable height.

He expressed hope that his successor would be able to maintain, if not improve on the standard left behind by Abolurin.

He said: "one of the major problems of this country is lack of continuity.

"I hope in your own case and this organisation, there would be continuity; continuity not for the man coming after you to do everything exactly like you have done it.

"It is not possible even if the person coming after you is your biological son, he wouldn't do everything the way you would want to do it.

"As I am talking to you, I am also talking to your successor and I believe that where you have taken this organisation to, those coming after you will be able to build over it.''

Obasanjo said there are some essential things that should be preserved and maintained, especially the issue of value, integrity, commitment, patriotism.

"Those cherished values and virtues that you have maintained in this organisation should be maintained," he said.

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30 shop owners arrested in Borno for sponsoring sect

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At least 30 shop owners have been arrested in Borno State for sponsoring the activities of terrorist sect, Boko Haram, reports say.

The suspects were arrested during a raid in Bensheikh and Mainok in the Kaga Local Government Area of the state, according to The Tribune.

A source, who chose to remain anonymous, reportedly said that the suspects are currently providing information, including names of prominent personalities, to security officials.

The source said:

“There are going to be surprises if President Buhari is going to act on information at the disposal of security agencies. The news doing the roundabout names of personalities involved in Boko Haram activities and sponsorships is going to shock many Nigerians.”

“Those arrests at Bensheikh last week when we raided the town is already giving signal to the fact that prominent people are involved with the Boko Haram activities. These shop owners are the suppliers of food items, money, fuel and other needs of the Boko Haram fighters. They also revealed how they attacked Bensheikh town to deceive people.”

This comes as Buhari vowed that Boko Haram would be defeated before the end of the year.

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“Only God knows that if there is one thing I don’t like, I don’t like money”- AMAECHI

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Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and current Governor, Nyesom Wike are trying to prevent him from being appointed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Amaechi also said that Wike and the PDP are trying to label him as corrupt because they know that Buhari abhors corruption.

The former Governor made the comments on Sunday, August 2, 2015, while speaking at a reception organized in his honour in Abuja, according to The Nation.

Amaechi said:

“Let me tell you what is currently going on in Rivers State. The governor and PDP are afraid of me getting an appointment to the national executive council because that will determine what the politics of Rivers State will be.”

“And they know that the current President abhors corruption and the only way they can stop me from getting the appointment is to paint me with corruption. And the people that know me in Rivers State know that I don’t like money. But I am not angry with them. My anger is that in Rivers they know I don’t like money. And I expect them to defend me that I don’t like money.”

“Governor Nyesom Wike has again sponsored one advert in a bid to rubbish me. He will go and publish in the paper on Monday as advert.”

“Only God knows that if there is one thing I don’t like, I don’t like money. Anybody close to me knows that I don’t like money. Even Nyesom Wike told me you will not win second term if you don’t use money. So all this wasted projects will not deliver us. And I said let us do it once and for all.”

Wike and the PDP have called on Buhari to probe Amaechi’s administration for alleged corrupt practices.

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Man jailed for stealing chickens

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A 21-year-old labourer, Bashir Abdullahi, has been sentenced to one month in prison by a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano State, for allegedly stealing six chickens.

The prosecutor in the case, Corporal Yakubu Galadima, told the court presided over by Magistrate Fatima Muhammad, that one Ghali Abdulkarim of Wurro Bugga village in the state, had reported the matter at the Badawa Police Division on July 14, and upon investigation, it was realised that Abdullahi had entered Abdulkarim's house and stole six chickens valued at N8,400.

Magistrate Muhammad, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine, adding, however, that the convict had the right to make an appeal within 30 days.

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US gave President names of oil thieves – Report

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A source close to President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the United States of America gave the Nigerian leader names of oil thieves during his recent official visit.

The source is said to be one of the persons who accompanied Buhari on the US trip, according to Punch.

“I can tell you that the President already has the list of names of the people engaging in the stealing of Nigeria’s oil. The list, when released by the President, will shock Nigerians. But let’s wait and see first,” the source said.

Another source in the Presidency also confirmed the existence of the list but said Buhari “has been keeping the list to himself.”

The US is also said to have given the president a separate list containing the name of oil bunkerers.

Buhari had revealed during his US trip that some former ministers had stolen barrels of Nigeria’s oil and stored the funds received in personal accounts.

He said further that the ministers in question will be arrested while the said funds will be retrieved.

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