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Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, has accused the wife of the president of attacking her inside the presidential villa in Abuja.

Commenting on a video where the first lady was seen complaining about being denied access to her apartment, Fatima said she least expected Buhari’s wife to act in a violent manner.

In the video which trended on Friday while the rumour mill was agog that the president was getting married to Sadiya Umaru Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, the president’s wife was seen speaking in anger.

In a BBC Hausa interview monitored by TheCable, Fatima said she recorded the video as a proof that Buhari’s wife confronted her violently.

The incident happened in 2017.

“My name is Fatima. I am a daughter to Malam Mamman Daura… if one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the president is denied access to her apartment but let me give a context,” she said.

“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. You know that there are several houses and apartments in the villa. When the president got into office, he gave the Glass House to our father, Mamman Daura.

“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together like twins. When he became president, he gave the Glasshouse to our dad and said he should stay there. Our dad stayed there for three…

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Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning says under-recovery of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly referred to as fuel subsidy will gulp N450 billion in 2020.

She said this on Monday in Abuja, at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

Ahmed said it was called ‘under-recovery’ because it was the cost of operation of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“We have a provision for under-recovery of PMS in the sum of N450 billion. If you look at the Budget office website, it is in the fiscal framework, which is an annexure to the budget.”

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Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning says under-recovery of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly referred to as fuel subsidy will gulp N450 billion in 2020.

She said this on Monday in Abuja, at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

Ahmed said it was called ‘under-recovery’ because it was the cost of operation of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“We have a provision for under-recovery of PMS in the sum of N450 billion. If you look at the Budget office website, it is…

POLITICS

Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, says the nation will not be able to reach 80 per cent revenue performance for 2019.

She said this on Monday in Abuja at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

Ahmed said that as at half year, the actual aggregate revenue for 2019 was N2.04 trillion, which was 58 per cent of the prorate target.

She said of the figure, oil revenue accounted for N900 billion, Company Income Tax (CIT) N349.11 billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) N81.36 billion…

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CRIME

A Kano- based auto firm, Samari Motors which was arraigned today October 14, 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice O.A Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Kano pleaded guilty to the one count charge of money laundering preferred against it.

Samari Motors is a business entity that deals in the sale of used vehicles. Trouble began for the company sequel to intelligence that its activities were in violation of the provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, having failed to file report to…

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has announced the arrest of a suspected internet fraud kingpin, Akegor Godbless Omamuyorwi.

The 34-year-old Omamuyorwi who is also a Chief in his Agbaro Community, was arrested on Wednesday at his palatial home in Ughelli, Delta State.

His arrest was triggered by a petition from a bank, following complaint by a Canadian resident with whom he was involved in a romance scam.

It was gathered that the suspect presented himself tohis victim as Mr. Sheri Hunt, an oil worker…

DEFENCE

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has decimated a location at Boboshe on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno, being used as meeting venue by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Daramola said the operation was executed on Sunday by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole.

He said that the attack was conducted following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with Human Intelligence reports.

Daramola said the reports established that a building within the settlement was being used as a rendezvous by the terrorists.

He said that Boko Haram commanders assembled in the building to take instructions before launching attacks against government troops and innocent civilians.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the hideout, scoring accurate hits within the designated area, leading to the decimation of the target structure.

“Several BHTs were also killed as a result of the strikes,” he said.

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Sequel to the stellar performance of the Super Eagles against the Selecao on Sunday in Singapore, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has branded them “Dream Team.’’

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But that was before the Ukraine scandal snowballed.

As of today, opposition to impeachment has plummeted 7 percentage points (to 44 percent) and support has climbed nearly 10 points (to 49.8 percent), according to FiveThirtyEight’s preliminary polling tracker.

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In 2017 budget which was valued at N470billion, Governor Wike earmarked N30billion for providing educational infrastructure and improving the quality of education. The budget was approved by the House of Assembly on 30 December 2016 and signed into law by the governor on 13 January 2017. In 2019, another N40billion was earmarked for educational infrastructure.

Prior to becoming the Governor of River State, Governor Wike was the Federal Minister of State for Education under the Jonathan administration.

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He said “From today henceforth, no child either in primary and secondary schools should pay fees and levies in any school across the state. The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes. If I hear that any school head collects any fees or levies, be they examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned. We shall not only dismiss the school head who collects fees or levies, we will prosecute the person involved. Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations.’’

He directed the Ministry of Education, the Senior Secondary Schools Board and the Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all public schools across the state to ensure full compliance. The governor also noted that his administration funded the salaries, allowances, examinations and equipment of all public schools. He assured parents that his administration was commitment to the provision of quality education and accessible to the less privileged.

Dr. Kaniye S. A. Ebeku, a Professor of Law and pioneer Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is the current Rivers State Education Commissioner. He became commission on December 2015.

Ebeku was formerly Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Head of the Department of Law at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria. He is a practicing barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

In February 2018, Students in public Secondary Schools in Rivers State staged a protest tover the poor conditions in their schools.

The students of Rivers State Comprehensive Secondary School, Olanada in Rumuola area of Port Harcourt said they have been neglected by the state government. The school pupils also complained that the State Government under Governor Nyesom Wike has abandoned Public Education.

One of the pupils said, “We have not had teachers for a long time. Only Youth corpers have been coming to teach us. We have been learning in only two classrooms. We are almost writing WAEC but nobody has been teaching us. We have not done practical. We don’t have laboratories. The government is not doing anything”.

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By Ikenna Ellis Ezenekwe

Recently a heated debate over sharing of Nigeria resources and the necessity for diversification of revenue earning avenues was raising hell amongst the bloggers of a yahoogroup. The heat was sparked by the remark that “the northerners have managed to out-maneuver the southerners in Nigerian national affairs repeatedly”. A blogger in response questioned how one can say that just because somebody suggested setting up agricultural development commission in the North? and another blogger chimed in to state that northerners aren’t as smart as the southerners. He continued to explain that the reason for his assertion is that southerners are numerous in the movies and in Medical/Health and Computer related businesses, doctors, nurse, X-ray technicians, Physical Therapy business, Home Health Care etc. He referred to them as the creative class.

The fact is the northerners have outperformed the southerners time and time again -politically and otherwise as a group. The assertion is not based on a suggestion either but on the reality on the grounds. Northerners have had an edge over the southerners ever since the early 1900s and not just due to the perils of the recent war but long before the war. The south has always taken a backseat in the arena of national affairs. In fact since the inception of Nigeria, southerners have stayed second class citizens while the northerners stayed first. The question is, why this imbalance? Is it possible to really understand that southerners may have in fact played the biggest role in creating this imbalance on herself? Could it possibly be that southerners got out maneuvered as alleged? If so, are southerners too ashamed to attest to…