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Former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, says some prisoners from foreign countries are working in Nigeria as construction workers or expatriates.

Oshiomhole, now chairman of the senate committee on interior, said he was prepared to name the companies involved in such irregular and illegal appointment.

He spoke on Thursday when Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, was defending the budget proposal of his ministry before the committee.

The senator representing Edo North said the interior ministry needed to regulate the issuance of expatriate quotas (EQs).

The EQs are granted by the ministry of interior to foreign-owned or indigenous companies to enable them to recruit foreign employees to legitimately work in the country.

Oshiomhole, who is also a former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said, “Your ministry needs to regulate issuance of the quotas very well as I have on good authority that prisoners from foreign land are working in Nigeria as construction workers.

“This is even different from the age long fraud the oil companies have been carrying out in the country through the policy of expatriate quotas by making our own qualified engineers to work under foreign technicians.

“Many non-Nigerians are in the country, some of them live inside containers. I even believe and dare say it that there are foreign prisoners who are working in Nigeria. They were shipped to our country to serve their prison terms.

“They were being paid according to their country’s minimum wage by the construction industry that brought them. I don’t want to mention the company’s name but if I am provoked, I will mention them.

“Honourable minister, this is a serious issue. Prisoners are not expected to work in their countries if the product or whatever they engage in is meant to be exported.”

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BREAKING: Court orders FAAN to account for airports toll gate revenue since 2015

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BREAKING: Court orders FAAN to account for airports toll gate revenue since 2015

The Federal High Court in Lagos Friday, February 23, ordered the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to disclose how much it made from toll gates and parking lots fees in all federal government-owned airports and how much it remitted from January 2015 till January 2024.

Justice Ibrahim Ahmad Kala, who made the order, compelled the FAAN (the sole Respondent) to provide details of the revenue to a public interest applicant, The Registered Trustees of The Centre for Law & Civil Culture.

The judge gave the federal agency three months to comply with the order.

The applicant filed the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1086/2022 following the Respondent’s failure to accede to its freedom of information request of August 24, 2022, saying this violated the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011.

B.O. Fowewe represented the Applicant while A.A. Lawal represented the Respondent.

Following the conclusion of the hearing on January 25, 2024, with both parties adopting their written addresses, the court adjourned for judgment.

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At the resumption of proceedings Friday, the judge granted the Applicant’s prayer, noting that it had satisfied all the conditions stipulated in Section 20 of the FOI Act.

Justice Kala held: “I shall, therefore, reach the irresistible conclusion that the lone issue for determination in this case, id est. “Whether the Respondent is mandated to provide the requested information to the Applicant as provided for under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 and the Applicant entitled to the reliefs sought in their Originating Application,” is resolved against the Respondent and in favour of the Applicant. The Applicant’s application succeeds, and it is accordingly granted as follows:

“It is hereby declared that the refusal and failure of the respondents to accede to the Applicant’s freedom of information requests dated 24/8/2021, 6/10/2021 and 22/4/2022 requesting to know the total annual generated revenue from the toll gates and parking lots in each of the Federal Government owned Airports across the Federal Republic of Nigeria since 2015 till date is a gross violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

“An order of mandamus is, hereby, granted compelling the Respondent to avail the Applicant with the details of the statement of the accounts showing the total annual generated revenue from the toll gates and parking lots in each of the Federal Government owned Airports across the Federal Republic of Nigeria and evidence of yearly remittance of such sum so generated per year from January 2015 to January 2024 within a period of three months from today.”

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‘Electricity is not free’ – Adelabu orders DisCo to publish names of debtors

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‘Electricity is not free’ – Adelabu orders DisCo to publish names of debtors

Adebayo Adelabu, minister of power has directed the publication of names of debtors owing outstanding electricity bills to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Adelabu, on an inspection tour of power projects in Edo, issued a directive during a meeting with BEDC management in Benin.

“There is nothing wrong with publishing the names of the company’s debtors” because electricity supply is not free,” he said.

“The BEDC needs money to remain in business and serve its customers well.

“I will not stop you from disconnecting organizations or individuals owing.

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“I am also not going to stop you from publishing the names of the debtors. Nigerians need to know the truth.

“If you want to publish the names of those owing, you can go ahead and do so.”

The minister criticized the high energy theft rate in the country and pledged to sponsor bills at the national assembly to combat it.

He also assured Tinubu of his commitment to improving power supply and promised to complete all existing projects before awarding new ones.

“Meter bypassing is making this company to run at a loss,”

Deolu Ijose, managing director of BEDC identified meter bypassing as a significant challenge for the company.

However, Ijose said the company had connected many communities to the national grid and provided feeders in its franchise states.

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Alleged N10bn fraud: Court grants Ex- Kwara Gov AbdulFatah Ahmed bail

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Alleged N10bn fraud: Court grants Ex- Kwara Gov AbdulFatah Ahmed bail

Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, has granted bail to the former governor of Kwara State, Alh AbdulFatah Ahmed.

The bail conditions are that he should deposit N50 million to the court and produce surety that has landed properties in Ilorin, among others.

He is expected to be kept in the custody of the EFCC until those bail conditions are perfected.

Meanwhile, three journalists representing print and broadcast media outfits were later allowed into the Federal High Court to cover the trial of the immediate past governor of Kwara State, AbdulFatah Ahmed, who is being tried over alleged N10 billion financial misconduct.

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The admittance of the select journalists was after several interventions, while others who had hitherto stayed on the main road were allowed into the court premises, awaiting the outcome of the trial.

Ahmed was brought into the court with the white bus of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, around 8:50 am for the trial.

The trial commenced at about 9:30 am following the arrival of the judge.

The police and court registrar had earlier barred journalists from entering the court, saying they were acting on orders from above.

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