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Mining Produced Lowest VAT In Q3 Of 2019

lun, 2019-12-02 18:07


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Nigeria’s rich mineral industry generated the least value added tax in Q3 2019.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service was only able to collect N44.30m from the untapped industry.

In contrast, the well-explored hydro-carbon industry produced about N15bn in VAT from four different groupings.

The gas subset generated N1.02bn, oil marketing produced N2.20bn, oil producing yielded N11.34bn, while the government got N1.60bn from petrol chemicals and petrol refining.

Sectors such as textile and garment as well as pharmaceuticals, soaps and toiletries, performed better than the mining sector.

The apparel-making industry provided N253.83m in VAT, while pharmaceuticals, soaps and toiletries contributed N291.06m.

Overall, Q3 was a poor VAT collection period for the government than Q2 of 2019.

The country earned N275.12bn as VAT in Q3, less than the N311.94bn it made in the second quarter of the year.

The government was able to get N36.82bn or 11.81 per cent shorter than it did between April and June 2019.

The major source of VAT was professional services, which produced N32.09bn, closely followed by the grouping described as other manufacturing, which generated N30.27bn, while commercial and trading was the third highest VAT earner with N14.47bn.

The mining industry in Nigeria has continued to be a poor revenue earner generally, despite the existence of a Natural Resource Development Fund created in 2004 to boost earnings from the sector.

 

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Ruling On Kalu’s Fraud Trial Moved To December 5 By Court

lun, 2019-12-02 18:04


 

Ruling on the trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Commissioner for Finance under him, Ude Udeogo, has been adjourned until December 5, 2019 by the court due to the unavailability of the presiding judge in the case, Justice Mohammed Idris.

Also charged along with Kalu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is a company, Slok Nig. Ltd, owned by the former governor.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the EFCC had on October 31, 2016 preferred a 34-count charge against the defendants.

The charge was later increased to 39 counts.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts, and were granted bail.

Idris, who tried the case at the time, had since been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

However, he consequently conducted and concluded the trial by fiat in August.

On October 22, both prosecution and defence counsel adopted their written submissions before the court.

The court has now reserved judgment until December 5 follow the unavailability of Idris in court on Monday.

The EFCC said that the defendants diverted over N7.2bn from Abia Government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure as governor, in contravention of Sections 15(6), 16 and 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2005.

The commission said that the offences also contravene the provisions of the Money Laundering Act of 1995 as amended.

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Ex-Niger Delta Militants Protest Unpaid Allowances In Rivers

lun, 2019-12-02 17:54




 

Hundreds of commuters and motorists plying the East-West Road along Mbiama axis of Rivers State were on Monday left stranded owing to the gridlock caused by protesting ex-Niger Delta militants over unpaid allowances.

The former agitators are also demanding the immediate sack of Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof Charles Dokubo, over his inability to address their problem.

A spokesperson for the aggrieved ex-militants, Ebi John, said Prof Dokubo’s reign has brought untold hardship on them.

He said, “Mr President, it worrisome that under your watch you have continued to allow corruption to thrive at the Presidential Amnesty since Prof Dokubo was appointed.

“He is misusing the fund allocated to the programme and refusing to pay vendors and contractors who are ex-agitators on different vocational skills. 

“All trainings have stopped both for freshers and empowerment. Supply contracts are been issued without recommendations from the reintegration department, delegates are been shortchanged.

“Dokubo has abandoned the core objectives of the amnesty programme to enrich himself and his cronies with impunity.

“We, the repented ex-militants of Phase 3 have therefore taken it upon ourselves to give the President and the entire country a deadline of seven days for this issue to be addressed.

“Failure to do so will lead us back to the creeks where we will resume bombing of pipelines and consequently shut down all activities in the Niger Delta region.”

In a related development, some ex-militants from Delta, Bayelsa and Edo states have dragged Prof Dokubo, the Amnesty Office and the Federal Government before the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, over their non-inclusion in the programme. 

The aggrieved ex-militants in a suit marked FHC/YNG/CS/102/2013 accused Dokubo and others of their non-inclusion in the Presidential Amnesty Programme since 2011.

At the resumption of hearing on Friday, the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Jane Iyang, stalled the progress of the case.

Court clerks however, told the counsel to the plaintiff that further hearing on the suit will be fixed between December 11 and 12, 2019.

 

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Fake Sanitation Officer Extorting Traders Arrested In Lagos

lun, 2019-12-02 17:33


 

The Lagos State Environment Sanitation Corps has arrested a man posing as an officer of the agency and extorting money from traders.

The man identified as Hakeem Oyediji, was arrested at Victoria Island after a tip-off by some traders.

According to Adebayo Kehinde of the Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Oyediji had been operating with fake identity card for over three months.

He said, “Oyediji was arrested after a tip-off while trying to extort money from illegal street traders at Victoria Island.

“He has since been handed over to the police for further investigation.

“It was discovered that he has been impersonating the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps and had been operating for more than three months with a fake Lagos State Government identity card.”

Also, the LAGESC arraigned nine persons for violating the environmental law of the state before the Special Offences Court (Environmental Unit) at Ogba.

They were arrested at different locations for indiscriminate dumping of refuse, an offence contrary to the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.

After pleading guilty, the magistrate ruled that they should be imprisoned for one week or pay a fine of ₦5,000.

Seven out of the offenders fulfilled their bail conditions while the other defaulting two were remanded in custody pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions or acceptance of option of imprisonment.  

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Jalingo: Federal Judge Attempts To Bar Journalists From Covering Case

lun, 2019-12-02 17:05


 

Courts in Cross River State have made known their intention to start vetting journalists before they are allowed to cover and report any judicial proceedings.

This was revealed by Justice Simon Amobeda on Monday during the trial of detained journalist, Agba Jalingo.

The judge had earlier detained two photojournalists, Mr Leo Ashiebe and Mr Patrick Obia, in his office for taking pictures of the court premises.

A journalist, who witnessed the scenario and pleaded anonymity, said, “They met with Justice Simon Amobeda who asked them to introduce themselves.

“He made Leo Ashiebe who was standing in for Williams Udida to contact Williams.

“He said he could get them arrested if they could not identify themselves properly.

“He then called the Registrar to take them to his office and wrote their names, addresses and telephone numbers.

“The judge announced that starting from January 2020, nobody would be allowed to come into the court with phone, stating that the era of reporting court proceeding without clearance was over.”

 

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Nigeria Sitting On Keg Of Gunpowder -PDP

lun, 2019-12-02 15:56


Uche Secondus

Uche Secondus

 

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to as a matter of urgency legalise electronic voting in the country to avoid an implosion.

National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, said this during a meeting between the PDP National Working Committee and INEC leadership in Abuja.

He urged INEC to submit a legal framework for electronic voting to the National Assembly, adding that NASS should pass such a bill, a report by PUNCH said.

He stated that electronic voting will enhance credible and transparent election as well as reduce violence, thuggery and other electoral malpractices.

Secondus said, “INEC must come out to submit this model to the NASS.

“We in the PDP are in the forefront for a legal framework for a free and fair election.

“All is not well with our country. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder.”

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Borno Governor Bans Tricycles On Highways

lun, 2019-12-02 15:43



Borno State governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, on Monday banned tricycles  from plying highways in Maiduguri, the state capital. 

Zulum gave the new directive while presenting the 2020 budget before the state House of Assembly.

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Lecturer Missing After Election In Niger

lun, 2019-12-02 15:00


Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission in Niger, Aminu Baba, has declared a returning officer missing days after the local government elections in the state, according to Channels Television. 

Baba announced this during a briefing with journalists on Monday in Minna, the state capital. 

He explained that the victim was a lecturer at one of the tertiary institutions in the state.

Baba, however, refused to disclose the name of the returning officer and the institution where he works.

According to him, the man in question was the returning officer for Tafa Local Government Area of the state.

He added that the report that got to the commission was that after elections ended, the returning officer could not be found for collation.

The incident led to the cancellation of the election in Tafa LGA.

Police authorities in the state have yet to confirm the incident.

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EXCLUSIVE: Real Reason Taraba Governor Forced Speaker To Resign

lun, 2019-12-02 13:46




Facts have imaged on the real reason Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, forced Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abel Diah, to resign.

SaharaReporters exclusively gathered that Diah incurred the wrath of Ishaku following his insistence on securing complete autonomy for the state's legislature.

Governor Ishaku, it was learnt, was disappointed with Diah's unyielding commitment to realising the autonomy of the Taraba House of Assembly.

A top government source in the state revealed that "Oga (the governor) was disappointed to learn that Diah vigorously canvassed for legislative autonomy when the Conference of Nigerian Speakers visited President Muhammadu Buhari recently."

Though the meeting between President Buhari and the 36 Speakers was held behind close-doors, it was nonetheless revealed that top on the agenda was autonomy of the assemblies.

Sources said that Governor Ishaku decided to teach Diah a bitter lesson for his position on legislative autonomy.

Many of the state’s legislators were coerced into joining the pro-impeachment camp by the executive but when tensions gathered steam, Diah had no option than to resign his position as Speaker on Sunday. 

Earlier, SaharaReporters had reported how Governor Ishaku set aside N200m to mobilise lawmakers in the state to impeach Diah. 
 

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Kano State Governor Moves To Create Four New Emirates

lun, 2019-12-02 13:40


Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has begun the process of creating four new emirates in the state. 

The governor sent the notice to the state House of Assembly in a new bill forwarded on Monday. 

In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the executive had approved of the bill which had been transmitted to the legislators for deliberation. 

The statement reads, “To this end, the Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forwarded same to the state House of Assembly for necessary action.

“Some of these emirates have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.

“Council seriously discussed the decade long clamour for the establishment of additional emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new emirates.

"The exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state."

Governor Ganduje has been in disagreement with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, who is considered a fierce critic of his administration. 

It is believed that the need to create new emirates in the state was geared towards breaking the powers of Sanusi. 

A few days ago, a high court sacked the recently created emirates and emirs.

The court said the Kano House of Assembly did not follow due process in creating the new emirates.

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IGP Adamu Floors PSC In Court

lun, 2019-12-02 13:37


IGP Mohammed Adamu

IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court upheld the power of the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Council under the control of the Inspector-General of Police to recruit constables into the force.

The court dismissed the suit filed by the Police Service Commission against the IGP, Mohammed Adamu.

Justice Inyang Ekwo in his judgment said that Adamu could now carry on with the recruitment of 10,000 police constables.

The PSC had approached the court seeking a pronouncement that it was the statutory body charged with the enlistment of rank and file also known as constable recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force.

Justice Ekwo held that by the provision of Section 71 of the Police Act, it was the Nigeria Police Council under the leadership of the IGP that was empowered with the enlistment of rank and file into the force.

According to the judge, there was nothing in the documentary evidence placed before the court by the PSC to support its claims that the IGP had usurped the powers of the commission in the enlistment of rank and file into the Nigerian Police.

In the suit, the PSC asked the court to stop the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables by the NPF.

The court however, insisted that the Police Council under the control of the IGP was the statutory body to carry out such an exercise.

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BREAKING: EFCC Produces Dada Labinjo In Court After 14 Months In Custody

lun, 2019-12-02 13:24



Dada Labinjo in court today.




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has brought Dada Labinjo, a senior Naval officer, before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Labinjo has been in the detention of the Nigerian Navy since September 2018.

He is currently being arraigned before Justice Idris Hassan an a two-count charge bothering on alleged oil bunkering.

Details shortly...
 

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Buhari 'Sets Aside' Nigeria's Problems, Celebrates 30 Years Of Marriage With Wife, Aisha

lun, 2019-12-02 13:19





On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari 'temporarily set aside' Nigeria's many problems to celebrate 30 years of marriage with his wife, Aisha. 

In a tweet on the President's verified Twitter handle, Buhari posted a photograph of himself and the First Lady of Nigeria during their younger days together. 

In reference to the photo in the tweet, Buhari said, "Today, on our 30th wedding anniversary, I pray for Allah’s continued peace and blessings in our home and family."  

Today, on our 30th Wedding Anniversary, I pray for Allah’s continued peace and blessings in our home and family. pic.twitter.com/o7xqupV0fS

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 2, 2019

Aisha, who has sometimes criticised her husband's government, also pushed those hard feelings aside to celebrate the milestone on her Twitter handle by posting a short video captioned "30 years of togetherness".
 

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JUST IN: Taraba Assembly Gets New Speaker

lun, 2019-12-02 13:08


Joseph Albasu

Joseph Albasu


Majority Leader of Taraba State House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu, has emerged the new Speaker. 

Albasu, representing Bali 2 Constituency, emerged following the impeachment of Abel Diah on Sunday night. 

SaharaReporters had reported that Governor Darius Ishaku wanted Joseph Albasu to replace Abel Diah as Speaker. 

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Police Hold Two Journalists For Taking Photos During Agba Jalingo’s Trial

lun, 2019-12-02 13:02


Two photojournalists, Mr Leo Ashiebe and Mr Patrick Obia, have been detained by the Police in Cross River State for taking photos during ongoing trial of detained journalist, Agba Jalingo.

The trial of Jalingo was yet to begin when the photojournalists were taking photos of the court premises.

They were summoned to the chamber by the presiding judge, Justice Simon Amobeda, for questioning, it was revealed. 

A journalist, who doesn’t want to be named said, “Mr Leo Ashiebe had just been summoned by one of the judges at the Federal High Court in Calabar.

“He was filming when on of judge’s police orderly called him from Court 2 where Justice Simon Amobeda sits and asked him to follow him.

“Another photojournalist, Patrick Obia was summoned by the judge into his chambers.

“He took photographs of Agba Jalingo’s arrival in court at about 9:22am.

“He proceeded to take some images in the courtroom (Court 2) where Justice Simon Amobeda sits."

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ICPC Threatens To Investigate Foreign Affairs, Justice Ministries Over N5.6bn Constituency Projects

lun, 2019-12-02 12:25


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has threatened to investigate the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice over N5.6bn constituency project. 

The ministries had the sum inserted into the 2019 budget for the execution of zonal intervention projects.

Chairman of the ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, has now queried the anomalies in allocating constituency projects to these ministries. 

Spokesperson for the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Owasanoye at a media roundtable in Abuja revealed that a breakdown of the 2019 allocation for zonal interventional projects showed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would spend N2.9bn on constituency projects.

Owasanoye added that the allocation of N2.7bn to the Ministry of Justice in the same budget brings to the fore some of the anomalies surrounding the implementation of constituency projects across the country.

“What is constituency project doing in Foreign Affairs? We will ask questions with this kind of allocation,” Owasanoye was quoted as saying.

The ICPC boss further revealed that only about 60 per cent of constituency projects have been completed with a lot of them executed in shoddy ways due to poor technical designs, impositions and other sundry irregularities.

He stressed that the commission would not give up on tracking of constituency projects as long as government kept funding them and therefore called on local communities to own the projects for themselves.

Owasanoye also called for the handover of zonal intervention projects to local government authorities upon completion for effective maintenance and sustainability of the projects.

He said, “If somebody had nominated a project and succeeded in getting the project to the community, it is not the duty of the person to maintain it.

"Communities need to understand that it was public funds that was used. They need to take ownership. We recommend that the project needs to be handed over to the local government for the community to take over.”

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Police Arrest Members Of Notorious Crime Gang In Lagos

lun, 2019-12-02 12:03



 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested at least 50 suspected members of the dreaded “One million boys” gang said to be responsible for most crimes in the state.

The suspects were arrested during a raid of criminal hideouts in Lagos. 

It was learnt that the hoodlums were picked up by policemen attached to the Special Strike Force set up at the instance of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu. 

Spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, said the suspects were responsible for a series of violent crimes and attacks in different communities and neighbourhoods. 

He said, “The operations are mostly intelligence-driven, collating actionable information about the activities of such miscreants, their membership and hideouts and taking the battle to their doorsteps. 

“Eleven suspects were initially arrested and charged to court. Items recovered from them include two locally made pistols, 11 axes, nine cutlasses, four daggers and charms. 

“The 50 suspects in custody are being profiled. The Commissioner of Police uses this medium to send a strong warning to members of such violent gangs that the command will pursue them, subdue them and bring them to justice. 

“Parents are advised to monitor the activities of their children. The onslaught will be sustained until sanity is restored to our streets and neighbourhoods.”

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Nigerian Government Planning To Transfer Sowore, Bakare To Prison, Falana Reveals

lun, 2019-12-02 11:57


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Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has raised a fresh alarm on plans by the Department of State Services to transfer detained activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, to solitary confinement at a correctional center.

Sowore's lawyer revealed this in a letter dated December 1, 2019 and addressed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), requesting him to direct the DSS to release his clients.

Falana said that the Nigerian Government through the DSS had applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of transfer of the activists to a secluded prison where they would not have access to their lawyers and family members.

Falana said, "Instead of purging the security agency of such contempt of the Federal High Court, the prosecutor, Dr Hassan Liman (SAN), engaged by your good self to prosecute our clients, has curiously applied to the trial court to have them transferred to a correctional centre and detained indefinitely for having the temerity to question the illegal directive to produce their sureties.”

Falana also threatened to report the AGF to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the agency to treat orders of courts with disdain.

The letter reads, " In treating the court order with provocative contempt, the State Security Service has insisted on approving the sureties of our clients after they had been verified by the Federal High Court.

“From the information at our disposal, there is no precedent whatsoever for the illegal demand.

“In view of the fact that the Federal Government has never given any precondition before complying with the orders of the British Court in the case of P & ID and other matters, we are compelled to request you to direct the State Security Service to comply with the orders of the Federal High Court for the unconditional release of our clients.

"Take notice that if you fail to accede to our request, we shall be compelled to carry out the firm instructions of our clients to pursue the contempt proceedings which have been initiated against Mr Yusuf Bichi, Director-General of the State Security Service.

"In addition, we shall also report your good self and the prosecutor to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while you are anxious to obey the orders of British courts.”

The activists have been in the custody of the DSS since August 3 despite two court orders directing their release.

 

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Nigerian Government Insists On January 12 Deportation Of Illegal Aliens

lun, 2019-12-02 10:58


The Nigerian Government has insisted that any undocumented alien that fails to take part in the e-registration of the Nigeria Immigration Service will be deported after the January 12, 2020 deadline, a report by PUNCH said.

NIS spokesoerson, Sunday James, who stated this also disclosed that any Nigerian, who engages undocumented migrants as security guards, nannies or housemaids could be sentenced to seven years in jail and fined N1m by the court as from January 2020.

The NIS also said aliens who failed to participate in the ongoing e-registration would be deported and might be barred from returning to Nigeria.

James admonished Nigerian employers of irregular migrants to encourage them to register with the NIS in order to avoid the stiff sanctions awaiting defaulters.

He stated that the concerned foreigners, including ECOWAS nationals, had till January 12 to register on the NIS portal.

He said, “By the Nigeria Immigration Act, 2015, any Nigerian keeping irregular migrants who have not been documented in their house or in their business places would also partake of the punishment that would be meted out to the undocumented migrant.

“There is a fine of N1m or seven years imprisonment or both for the Nigerian host or employer of the irregular migrant. This would be prescribed by the court. 

"For the migrant, he or she will be deported and would not be allowed to come back to Nigeria. We have given all undocumented foreigners till January next year to register on the e-migration portal.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Real Reason Taraba Governor Had Speaker Impeached

lun, 2019-12-02 09:29


Governor Darius Ishaku

Governor Darius Ishaku Guardian Nigeria

Facts have imaged on the real reason Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, had Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abel Diah, impeached.

SaharaReporters exclusively gathered that Diah incurred the wrath of Ishaku following his insistence on securing complete autonomy for the state's legislature.

Governor Ishaku, it was learnt, was disappointed with Diah's unyielding commitment to realising the autonomy of the Taraba House of Assembly.

A top government source in the state revealed that "Oga (the governor) was disappointed to learn that Diah vigorously canvassed for legislative autonomy when the Conference of Nigerian Speakers visited President Muhammadu Buhari recently."

Though the meeting between President Buhari and the 36 Speakers was held behind close-doors, it was nonetheless revealed that top on the agenda was autonomy of the assemblies.

Sources said that Governor Ishaku decided to teach Diah a bitter lesson for his position on legislative autonomy.

Many of the state’s legislators were coerced into joining the pro-impeachment camp by the executive and eventually used to push out Diah as Speaker of the Taraba Assembly. 
 

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