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Five children have been declared missing from the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Children’s Home in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Stella Obasanjo Motherless children’s home is owned by the state government.

The government made the disclosure in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Abdulwaheed Odusile, on Tuesday.

Odusile said the government’s attention was drawn to an incident concerning five children that allegedly escaped from the Home in Abeokuta.

He said, “The state government has taken steps to bring them back into the home as the matter was promptly reported to the police and all those on duty on the night of the incident were promptly queried.

“The state government is on top of the situation as the department in charge of the Home has reported the matter to the police.

“The government has also sent signals to all required quarters in order to establish the truth behind the saga.”

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Court frees ex-Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji, aide of money laundering charge

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Adeyemi Ikuforiji

Court frees ex-Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji, aide of money laundering charge

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, discharged and acquitted a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, over alleged N338.8m money laundering.

Ikuforiji was discharged alongside his former Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi.

Justice Liman held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to prove its case against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt.

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The defendants were first arraigned on March 1, 2012, before Justice Okechukwu Okeke on 20 counts bordering on misappropriation and money laundering

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Shettima warns against plot to depose Sultan of Sokoto

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President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III

Shettima warns against plot to depose Sultan of Sokoto

Vice-President Kashim Shettima says the Sultan of Sokoto, represents an idea that everyone in the country need to jealousy guard and project for the growth of the nation

Shettima spoke at the “Inaugural North West Peace and Security Summit”, organised by the north-west governors’ forum in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in Katsina On Monday.

The Vice-President asked Muhammad Gobir, deputy governor of Sokoto state, to protect the Sultan because he represents an important idea and institution that is required for the promotion for the country’s growth.

“In all developmental issues in this country, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, I want to use him as a point of reference to recognise and appreciate all our royal fathers present here,” Shettima said.

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“And to the deputy governor of Sokoto, I have a simple message for you, Yes, the Sultan is the Sultan of Sokoto, but he is much more than that; he represents an idea, he is an institution, that all of us in this country need to jealousy guard, protect, promote, preserve and project for the growth of our nation.

Shettima comments came after a claim by Ishaq Akintola, founder and executive director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), over an alleged plot to depose the Sultan by the Sokoto government.

Earlier on Monday, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said there are indications that the Sokoto state government is planning to dethrone Muhammad Abubakar as the Sultan of Sokoto.

MURIC asked Ahmad Aliyu, governor of Sokoto, to exercise restraint and not tamper with the traditional institution.

The Islamic group cited the dethronement of 15 traditional rulers by the state governor in April 2024.

The organisation added that the pedestal of the Sultan of Sokoto is not only traditional but also religious, adding that the Sultan is also the head of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

The group warned the Sokoto governor not to “force Nigerian Muslims to take a drastically revolutionary measure”

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Supervisors approving salaries for japa workers face FG punishment

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Supervisors approving salaries for japa workers face FG punishment

President Bola Tinubu has directed that all civil servants drawing salaries from the government after relocating abroad should be made to refund the money.

The President also directed that the supervisors and department heads of the culprits must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch.

Tinubu’ gave the directive on Saturday at the award night organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commemorate the 2024 Civil Service Week.

The event was also to honour some outstanding civil servants in core ministries.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, the President expressed dismay over the attitude of the ghost workers.

“During my recent visit to South Africa, I kept abreast of the week’s activities.

“I was particularly struck by the revelations the Head of the Civil Service shared regarding employees who had relocated abroad while drawing salaries without formally resigning.

“It is heartening to hear that measures have been taken to address this issue, but we must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made.

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“The culprits must be made to refund the money they have fraudulently collected.

“Their supervisors and department heads must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch,” Tinubu said.

He reiterated that the government would take appropriate measures to ensure they were punished and the money refunded to the government treasury.

The President acknowledged the challenges in the civil service sector and reiterated his commitment to address them for optimal performance.

“Our administration acknowledges the challenges the civil service is facing.

“I want to assure you that we are committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all civil servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of our nation.

“Over the past year, I have provided all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the continued stability of the civil service.

“I also supported the office in implementing far-reaching policies and reforms capable of improving efficiency and service delivery, ” the President said.

The PUNCH  reports other activities to mark the night were the presentation of the top three prizes to the winners and an additional N500,000 cash prizes to 40 workers.

Making the presentation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the HOCSF announced the top three prizes won by three lucky officers at the event.

“The Star Prize is a Brand New 2023 JAC JS4 Luxury Model SUV; the second is a two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow; and

the third top prize is a serviced plot of land measuring 400 sqm.

“I am also pleased to announce that the Nigeria Customs Service has graciously committed to donating six Toyota Camry cars in support of the 2024 Civil Service Week.

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