Seventy-one people who allegedly looted COVID-19 palliatives at Agro Mall and Cargo Terminal in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, were on Tuesday arraigned at an Ilorin Magistrate Court.
This came as the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, met with owners of the businesses affected by the vandalism and looting.
The suspects were charged for criminal conspiracy, trespass, mischief, theft and disturbance of public peace.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Nasir Yusuf, told the court that the defendants were arrested on Friday and Saturday when they were looting the palliatives.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has met with owners of the businesses affected and assured them of government’s support.
AbdulRazaq had earlier announced N500m recovery funds to assist businesses affected by the incident.
The governor asked the business owners to register on the state website, adding that only those with genuine cases would benefit from the government’s gesture.
He said, “Your sector is really important to this government. That is why we decided to engage you when we saw what happened to bring you back as quickly as possible.”
According to him, the small and medium-scale businesses are key to economic development.
He said, “On our part, we have the modalities for what we want to do. That is why we asked you to go to the website and fill the form.”
“We are also talking to one or two banks to make funds available for interest-free loans, with long-term repayment plans,” he added.
The governor condemned the attempts to politicise the incident, stressing that whatever political ambitions could be best achieved in a stable and peaceful environment.
Ex-Aviation minister, Stella Oduah, absconded from camp, forged our certificate – NYSC
A former Aviation Minister and Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, forged the National Youth Service Corps certificate, the NYSC has said.
It stated this in a letter replying to the request by the Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders which sought to validate the claim by the senator that she lost her NYSC certificate.
Director General of the NYSC said even though Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/83 service year and was deployed to Lagos State, she absconded after the orientation and never completed the service.
“The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service,” the DG wrote in the letter signed on his behalf by Eddy Megwa, dated May 24, 2022, with reference number NYSC/DHQ/PPRU/783/ VILIII.
In 2014, Oduah deposed to an affidavit and obtained a police extract where she stated that she sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili in Ogboru Local Government Area to Abuja, she discovered that some of her personal belongings were missing.
The affidavit read, “I Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, Christian, Adult , Nigeria Citizen, Politician of Umuoma Village, Akili, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State do hereby make oath and depose as follows:
- That I am the dependent of the affidavit.
- That I am a native of Akili Ozizor in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
- That sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili Ozizor in Ogbaru Local Government Area to Abuja I discovered that my personal belongings were missing.
- That the missing documents are the originals of my West African School Certificate of 1978 from Zixton Secondary School Ozubulu, First School Leaving Certificate from St. John Odoakpu Onitsha, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Certificate 1982 from St Paul’s College Lawrencevile Virginia USA, National Youth Service Corps Certificate 1983, National Identity Card, United States of America Social Security Card with the number on it.
- That all efforts are to trace the missing documents proved abortive.
- That I made this affidavit in good faith believing same to be true and correct and in accordance with the Oaths Act.”
However, the Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders wrote to the NYSC Director General to issue them with a certified true copy of the certificate of national service with the Youth Service Corps issued to Stella Adaeze Oduah in 1982/83.
By the letter, NYSC has confirmed that Oduah served as minister in breach of the nation’s extant law.
The group had earlier written to the national chairman of the PDP to order Oduah to produce NYSC certificate or be disqualified from participating in the party’s primary for Anambra North Senatorial election.
Recall that a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, was forced to resign after she was found to have forged her NYSC certificate.
Buhari promises to sign forensics, fraud examiners’ institute bill
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday promised to sign a bill seeking formal establishment of the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN).
He spoke at the State House in Abuja after being honoured with Global Integrity and Anti-Corruption Award of Excellence by CIFCFEN.
He was presented with the highest honour of the institute reserved for only African heads of states with impeccable character and unimpeachable ideals by the chairman of the Governing Council CIFCFEN Board of Trustees, Dr Iliyasu Gashinbaki.
Buhari was the first African leader to be bestowed with the award in recognition of his lifetime outstanding commitment to the fight against corruption and selfless service with exceptional integrity.
He directed the anti-corruption agencies to continue partnering with the institute for the benefit of the country.
- 2023: Massive deployment of security agents as Lagos PDP holds gov’ship primary + photo
- Two burnt to death in Anambra fire explosion
- Killing: Don’t start fight that won’t end, IPOB replies northern groups
He also directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to work with the Institute in areas of providing technical assistance and capacity building to all revenue generating agencies and regulators in the public sector.
He said: ‘’The need for forensic experts arises in educating, preventing, detecting and prosecuting fraudsters, while fraud examination helps mitigate vices like embezzlement, money laundering, misuse and mismanagement of public resources.
‘’Many Nigerians, who are serious about eliminating corruption in our country, will welcome this review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy midwifed by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption in 2017 and supported by our International friends.
‘’This effort by the institute to undertake the review of the national anti-corruption strategy is highly commendable and it has shown the usefulness of partnerships with professional bodies and my administration will continue to partner with the Institute and as well as other private institutions, the academia and other stakeholders in the fight to stop sleaze and mitigate corruption.’’
We will restore peace, stability before leaving office, Buhari vows
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will not relent in its quest to restore peace and stability in the country.
Buhari said this on Monday during the 58th anniversary of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in Kano.
He said his administration’s investment in the air force had helped to “turn the tide” against terrorists.
He promised that he would continue to give necessary and sufficient support to the NAF in the battle against insecurity from non-state actors.
“The huge investment in the Nigeria Air Force has helped to turn the tide against terrorist and non-state actors in our nation,” he said.
“In furtherance of our drive to continue to do more to support the air force. Rest assured that our government is willing to do even more to ensure the provision of requisite support and the encouragement to overcome various security challenges.
“This government will not rest until peace and stability is fully restored in the nation. I, therefore, urge you all to remain steadfast, committed and resolute.
Sanwo-Olu secures Lagos APC gov ticket as party disqualifies other aspirants
APC primaries: Police arrest two aspirants for allegedly refusing to step down
Politicians forced me to contest election, collected all my savings – Ex-IGP Okiro
CCECC completes Apapa port link to Lagos-Ibadan railway
Customs: Vehicle tariff reduction to begin next week
Biden, Treasury Secretary say Republicans COVID-19 aid too small
[UPDATED]Conflicting Reports Over Viral Video Of Soldiers Evacuating ‘Bandits’ In Kaduna + Video
Lagos mother fights off suspected ritualist attempting to abduct kids + VIDEO
General Overseer nabbed for drug trafficking in viral video performing miracles + Video
Education7 days ago
We won’t teach if students resume, ASUU tackles LAUTECH
Railway7 days ago
Just in: Nigerian railway postpones resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train indefinitely
metro5 days ago
Ban: Okada rider, passenger to be arrested, prosecuted, says Lagos police
Entertainment3 days ago
56-yr-old Evangelist Eucharia cries out, says she needs a man to marry her
metro7 days ago
BREAKING: Protest in Abuja over council chairmen tenure extension
metro6 days ago
Bandits posing as okada riders invade Lagos; 3m trooped in within two years
Politics6 days ago
Why I won’t support northerner as APC presidential candidate – Lalong
Politics5 days ago
Oba of Benin to Tinubu: We’re praying for you to get APC ticket