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Hajj: FCT board refunds N432m to 334 intending pilgrims



The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has refunded N432 million to 334 intending pilgrims who indicated interest to collect their 2021 Hajj deposit.

The Director of the Board, Malam Nasiru DanMallam, said this at a news conference on the refund of deposits to intending pilgrims on Monday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had directed State Pilgrims Welfare Boards to refund 2021 Hajj deposit to intending pilgrims.

The directive followed the cancellation of pilgrimage for international pilgrims by the Saudi authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DanMallam explained that before the Hajj cancellation, the board had registered 1,714 intending pilgrims who indicated interest for the religious obligation through the board.

” This number includes those who rolled over their deposits from the already cancelled 2020 Hajj. Following the cancellation, the board communicated to the intending pilgrims who may wish to collect their deposits to indicate interest and get refunded.

” As such, the board has as at Friday, Sept. 10, refunded N432 million to 334 intending pilgrims who have indicated interest to collect their deposits.

“The board made the refund without any deductions and the exercise is ongoing,” he said.

The director, however, said that not all the remaining 1,380 intending pilgrims have paid the minimum deposit of N1.5 million required by  NAHCON.

He further explained that those who deposited below  N1 million  could not be captured in the central data base provided by the regulating body for the 2022 Hajj.

” Therefore, the board advised those that deposited below the minimum amount to migrate from the accustomed method of payment for Hajj seat to the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) initiated by the NAHCON to enable intending pilgrims pay for Hajj at their own convenience.

” The Hajj Savings Scheme gives them a better chance of gradually completing their payment for Hajj seats and participating in future exercise.

“However, those who have deposited up to N1.5 million and intent to rollover their deposit to 2022 Hajj will surely get priority if it turns out that the Hajj will take place and FCT gets enough slots to cater for them all.

” But those intending pilgrims should also note that their chances of getting the seat will depend on the number of Hajj slots allocated to the FCT by NAHCON.”

DanMallam added that the board would not collect fresh deposit from intending pilgrims until it receive the 2022 Hajj slots from NAHCON.

“This is after accommodating the rolled over depositors,” he said.

Hassan Muaz, The Eagle Online


Lai Mohammed insists no proof protesters were killed at Lekki tollgate



Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said there is no proof that any protester was killed at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos in October 2020 during the #EndSARS protest.

Some soldiers on October 20, 2020 were said to have opened fire on protesters in an attempt to disperse them allegedly leading to the death of many.

Mohammed, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, described the 2020 event at the tollgate as a “phantom massacre”.

“Today marks the first anniversary of the phantom massacre at Lekki tollgate in Lagos, which was the culmination of an otherwise peaceful protest that was later hijacked by hoodlums,” the minister said.

The minister also said, “At earlier press conferences, I had called the reported massacre at the tollgate the first massacre in the world without blood or bodies.

“One year later, and despite ample opportunities for the families of those allegedly killed and those alleging a massacre to present evidence, there has been none: No bodies, no families, no convincing evidence, nothing. Where are the families of those who were reportedly killed at the toll gate? Did they show up at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry? If not, why?”

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Adebanjo leads Afenifere chieftains on visit to Tinubu



Chief Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has led other chieftains of the body on a visit to national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at his home in Lagos.

Others on the visit are Chief Supo Sonibare, Oba Olaitan Oladipo, and retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Tunji Alapini.

The visit came a few days after Tinubu returned from a medical trip to the United Kingdom where he underwent knee surgery.

The Punch reported that the last time Tinubu and Adebanjo met was in April when the former Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, died.

Prior to the visit, Adebanjo had told PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable, that the reason why Tinubu had been silent on the herdsmen crisis was that he felt President Muhammadu Buhari would make him his successor.

In another interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, Adebanjo stated that Buhari won’t hand over power to Tinubu, adding that they were both deceiving each other.

He said, “I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.”

Adebanjo then advised Tinubu and other APC members from the South-West to leave the party in the interest of Yorubaland.


He said, “I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

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Kaduna gives civil servants 12-day ultimatum on COVID vaccine



The Kaduna State Government has given all civil servants in the state 12 days to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or be barred from office.

The ultimatum was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday by Muyiwa Adekeye, spokesman for the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

According to him, all civil servants are expected to be vaccinated by October 31, after which they would be denied entry into government offices if they failed to comply with the directive.

“The Kaduna State Government will from 31st October 2021 require compliance with COVID-19 protocols, especially facemasks and vaccination, for access to its offices,” the statement said.

“The Ministry of Health has since commenced the vaccination of all civil servants, and this is expected to be completed by 31st October 2021. All civil servants are required to be vaccinated by that date.

“Visitors to government offices will need to present their vaccination cards. Given the limited supply of vaccines that are currently available, visitors that have not yet been vaccinated will, in the interim, be permitted entry upon presentation of evidence of registration with the state Ministry of Health for the purpose of vaccination, while wearing their facemasks.”

Adekeye said the decision was taken following a review by the Kaduna COVID-19 task force, and urged residents to ensure strict adherence to the protocol for preventing the spread of infections.

According to the statement, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, Kaduna commissioner for health, has also asked residents to register at the nearest primary health centres for vaccination “so that the relevant authorities can easily contact them as more Covid-19 vaccines become available”.

The development comes weeks after Edo began its ‘no vaccination, no entry’ campaign, which bars unvaccinated civil servants from entering government offices.

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