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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says Niger Republic, Mali and Burkina Faso are still members of the regional bloc.

It was reacting to a joint statement on Sunday by the three West African countries announcing their exit from regional body over sanctions imposed on them as part of efforts to reverse the coups in their nations.

They also accused the commission of drifting from the spirit of pan-Africanism, and blamed it for failing to stem the insecurity and terrorism in their nations.

But ECOWAS expressed surprise about the development, saying it received no prior notification of the countries’ position.

It said in a statement, “The attention of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Commission) has been drawn to a statement broadcast on the National Televisions of Mali and Niger announcing the decision of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to withdraw from ECOWAS.

“The ECOWAS Commission is yet to receive any direct formal notification from the three Member States about their intention to withdraw from the Community.

“The ECOWAS Commission, as directed by the Authority of Heads of State and Government, has been working assiduously with these countries for the restoration of constitutional order.

“Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali remain important members of the Community and the Authority remains committed to finding a negotiated solution to the political impasse.”

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Omokri lauds Muslims over good morals

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Omokri lauds Muslims over good morals

Social media influencer Reno Omokri has described as “commendable” the morals Muslims display.

Stating that “faith is not the only object of religion,” Omokri mentioned that “morality is just as vital.”

The former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan made the remarks in a statement on his X page on Sunday.

Noting that Muslim women do not “slay,” he added that their morals are the reason “paternity fraud is almost nonexistent in Islamic countries.”

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“Say what you want about Islam, but the morals Muslims display are commendable. How many practicing Muslim women do you see slaying? Paternity fraud is almost nonexistent in Islamic countries. Faith is not the only object of religion. Morality is just as vital,” he stated.

Furthermore, Omokri mentioned that though Christians “scoff” polygamy, which Islam permits, in practice, many Christians are polygamous.

“Those of us who identify as Christians scoff at polygamy, which Islam unambiguously allows. But in practice, many of us, male and female, are just as polygamous, or even more polygamous than Muslims,” he said.

“What do you think side chicks and side guys are? Once you have intercourse with anyone, you are consummating a marriage (1 Corinthians 6:16),” he added.

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EFCC grills more celebrities over naira abuse, recovers huge funds from ministry

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Sunday said it has so far recovered N32.7 billion and $445,000 from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

The anti-graft agency, in a statement titled: ‘Setting the Records Straight on Investigations of  Humanitarian Ministry’, said the monies were recovered from past and suspended officials of the ministry and others.

While saying it has not cleared any individual of fraud allegations, the EFCC said it has also expanded investigations into fraudulent dealings involving COVID-19 funds, the World Bank loan, and Abacha recovered loot released to the Ministry by the Federal Government to execute its poverty alleviation mandate.

On Naira abuse, the EFCC said it is investigating several celebrities involved in the act, adding that many of them have made useful statements to the Commission.

Newstrends reports that cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, was jailed a few days ago by Lagos Court for Naira abuse.

The EFCC statement reads in full : “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has noticed the rising tide of commentaries, opinions, assumptions and insinuations concerning its progressive investigations into the alleged financial misappropriation in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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At the outset of investigations, past and suspended officials of the Humanitarian Ministry were invited by the Commission and investigations into the alleged fraud involving them have yielded the recovery of N32.7billion and $445,000 so far.

Discreet investigations by the EFCC have opened other fraudulent dealings involving Covid -19 funds, the World Bank loan, Abacha recovered loot released to the Ministry by the Federal Government to execute its poverty alleviation mandate.  Investigations have also linked several interdicted and suspended officials of the Ministry to the alleged financial malfeasance.

It is instructive to stress that the Commission’s investigations are not about individuals. The EFCC is investigating a system and intricate web of fraudulent practices. Banks involved in the alleged fraud are being investigated. Managing Directors of the indicted banks have made useful statements to investigators digging into the infractions. Those found wanting will be prosecuted accordingly. Additionally, the EFCC has not cleared anyone allegedly involved in the fraud. Investigations are ongoing and advancing steadily. The public is enjoined to ignore any claim to the contrary.

On the issue of the works of the Commission against Naira abuse,  dollarization of the economy and the enforcement of all extant laws relating to them, the EFCC appreciates the avalanche of public awakening,  support  and involvement demonstrated so far.

Increasingly, members of the public are drawing the attention of the Commission to video recording of abuse of the Naira by Nigerians from all walks of life. These gestures amply demonstrate rising consciousness of the public to the sanctity of our national currency and the need for collaborative engagement to sustain the tempo.

To this end, the Commission will always investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the abuse of the Naira. Old videos being exhumed and flying around for the attention of the Commission are noted as the Commission is sensitive to the fact that its Special Task Force against Naira Abuse and Dollarization of the economy commenced operations on February 7, 2024. However, going forward, new videos of such infractions will be investigated and prosecuted.

At the moment, the Commission is investigating several celebrities involved in Naira abuse.  Many of them have made useful statements to the Commission and many more have been invited by investigators working on the matter. The EFCC will not relent in its no-sacred-cow mode of operations and the public should be wary of running afoul of laws against the crime.”

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Zaria prominent district head dies after participating in Sallah durbar

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Zaria prominent district head dies after participating in Sallah durbar

The Zazzau Emirate in Kaduna State has lost a prince and a prominent district head, Aminu Umar.

He died after participating in all the Sallah durbar and other Eid-el-Fitr activities.

Umar, who was also the Walin Zazzau and District head of Ikara, is a descendant of late Emir Dalhat from the Barebari ruling dynasty of Zazzau Emirate.

He was onetime Chief Executive Officer of the Kaduna State Water Board.

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As Walin Zazzau, late Engineer Umar was one of the most senior titleholders in the emirate.

Confirming the death in a statement, Abdullahi Aliyu Kwarbai, Media and Publicity, head of Zazzau Emirate, said the deceased had participated in the Hawan Daushe sallah durbar in Zaria on Friday and was one of the district heads that paid the Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Sallah homage.

Late Walin Zazzau died leaving behind wives and many children.

He has since been buried, according to Islamic rite, at Amaru in Zaria city.

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