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Lalong says Plateau lost N75bn to looters

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said the state lost about N75bn to looters during the attacks by hoodlums on public and private property in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests in the state.

He stated this on Friday in Jos during an interactive session with some Plateau youths.

“The level of destruction and carnage is unbelievable and unacceptable. We are still trying to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the total cost of the damage. However, the preliminary report by a team of experts I constituted has estimated the losses at about 75 billion naira for now,” he said.

The governor said without any external help, the state government would not be able to replace looted items or rebuild the vandalised structures.

Lalong said, “Since coming into power, my administration has remained committed to pursuing the economic development of the state through youth empowerment and job creation.

“You would agree with me that the enormity of the challenges we face cannot be resolved overnight. It is a process that all of us must collectively work together to achieve.”

He advised the youth to guard jealously the property of the state and their respective communities.

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APC mourns Lagos APC women leader who died in Mecca

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APC mourns Lagos APC women leader who died in Mecca

Bankole, one of the Lagos APC women leaders from the Epe Division, died while performing a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

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EFCC arraigns Gombe official for destroying investigation documents

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Usman Mallam

EFCC arraigns Gombe official for destroying investigation documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Usman Mallam, a government official, for allegedly tearing official investigation letters and obstructing the Commission’s investigation.

The arraignment took place on June 11, 2024, before Justice T.G. Ringim at the Federal High Court in Gombe.

According to an EFCC statement released on Thursday, Mallam, who serves as a desk officer responsible for handling official correspondence in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Gombe State, faced a single charge of willful obstruction of investigation activities and destruction of official EFCC documents.

The charge against Mallam stated: “That you, Usman Mallam, on or about the 26th day of February 2024 at Gombe, Gombe State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were conducting an investigation involving an alleged economic and financial crime, did willfully obstruct said investigation by tearing the EFCC formal letters of investigation activities dated January 1, 2024, and February 21, 2024, respectively.” The charge further indicated that his actions were contrary to Section 38 (1) and punishable under Section 38 (2) (a) and (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act.

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Mallam pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecution counsel A.M. Labaran requested a trial date, stating, “My Lord, the defendant has put himself to trial hence we shall be asking for a date for trial.” Defense counsel S.S. Usman, meanwhile, submitted a bail application dated June 11, 2024, requesting the court to grant bail.

Justice Ringim granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) with one surety of equal amount. The surety must be a director in a government establishment or a private company with a capital worth of not less than N10,000,000. The court also mandated the Registrar to verify the identity of the surety, and both the surety and the defendant were required to submit two passport photographs.

Mallam was remanded in the Gombe State Correctional Service pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions. The case was adjourned to July 9, 2024, for trial.

EFCC arraigns Gombe official for destroying investigation documents

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Sack IGP over police recruitment crisis, PSC tells Tinubu

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Sack IGP over police recruitment crisis, PSC tells Tinubu

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has called on President Bola Tinubu to immediately sack the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun for undermining the police recruitment process.

PSC also faulted the alleged corruption case leveled against the PSC.

Briefing reporters in Abuja on the development, Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Joint Union Congress (JUC) of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Adoyi Adoyi expressed displeasure over what he described as false allegation against the PSC.

The IGP, at the weekend through a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, alleged the recruitment process was marred with irregularities and corruption.

Adoyi said there was reliable information indicating that elements within the police Force attempted to smuggle over 1, 000 names into the recruitment list.

He said: “We call on President Bola Tinubu to as a matter of urgency remove the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun to before he destroys his government over the false allegations the IGP leveled against the PSC.

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“This act by the IGP is not good for this administration. The IGP should go. You are all aware of the ongoing face-off orchestrated by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over the just concluded recruitment of constables of the Nigeria Police Force, a task which is the constitutional and statutory responsibility of the Police Service Commission as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission (Establishment, etc.) Act, 2001 and affirmed by the judgment of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Adoyi said the allegations were unfounded, spurious, speculative and irresponsible because the allegations were thrown into public space before following the official channel of communication.

He said the allegation was a deliberate effort by the police to divert the attention of the public from their non-preparedness to open Police Training Schools for successful recruits.

“The wild allegation of fraud levelled against the commission is a deliberate effort to divert attention of the public from the real issues at hand. The Nigeria Police Force seek to leverage on this allegation to divert attention from their non-preparedness to open the Police Training Schools for the successful recruits, despite availability of funds for the exercise.

“Their unwillingness to deploy funds as appropriated for the training schools must be investigated,” he said.

The union chairman urged the Police to come clean and submit itself to accountability and probity.

He said the PSC had good authority that the training colleges were not in good order to receive and accommodate the recruits for training.

He said gender inclusivity and sensitivity as well as Federal Character were put in place to ensure a fair, inclusive and merit-based recruitment.

The union chairman called for a forensic review of the commission’s list and the one the Nigeria Police sought to foist on the recruitment board.

Sack IGP over police recruitment crisis, PSC tells Tinubu

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