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We shall march in peace: as Nigeria Shiites set to defy police

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Spokesman of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa said the march will be a peaceful one and it is a religious duty.

” We want the world to however note that our event tomorrow is a peaceful solemn mourning procession that would not harm anybody and it is a religious duty to us. Similar mourning events and processions, like all other religious duties and obligations, are seen to be observed worldwide.

“It is worth remembering that in all the years since the Ashura procession started in Nigeria, participants have never once resorted to violence even in the face of a bloody history of attacks against them by the brutal might of the state”.

Musa in a press statement accused the police and the government of plotting to kill to kill innocent security personnel, journalists and some members of the public so as to later put the blame on members of the Islamic Movement just as they did in July, 2019 in Abuja.

“We therefore call on security personnel, journalists and members of the public to be particularly extra vigilant. The general Public, media and the international community should now hold the government responsible for the false flag operation should violence breakout during our usual Ashurah commemoration tomorrow Tuesday.

“The government has already sponsored banner headlines in select Nigerian Newspapers, obviously in preparation for falsely unleashing unprecedented violence in our name. We want the world to however note that our event tomorrow is a peaceful solemn mourning procession that would not harm anybody and it is a religious duty to us. Similar mourning events and processions, like all other religious duties and obligations, are seen to be observed worldwide.

“The government and anyone else involved in these nefarious plans must therefore be called to order, to uphold the rights of the participants and ensure their total protection everywhere. The Buhari government should particularly be held responsible for any harm that may be inflicted on the persons and properties of Ashura mourners or indeed anyone”, Musa said.

On Monday, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu ordered commissioners of police and Assistant Inspectors-general to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.

The IGP enjoined the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Adamu also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever

“It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) intend to embark on a nationwide procession, ostensibly to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country.

“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism”.

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DELTA: ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL TO GOV. OKOWA CYRIL AGBELE IN ALLEGED N14BN FRAUD

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Cyril Agbele and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

…As Governor Okowa Constitutes Secret Investigation Committee.
Hard and trying times lay ahead of Delta State Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele, who is set to bow out of the state civil service on Wednesday 8, April, 2020 and to handover to his deputy, Mrs Joy Enwa, Thecitypulsenews gathers

Agbeye will be answering to a probe by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a N14 billion allegation of fraud.

Contained in a petition made available to the press, Mr Cyril Agbele allegedly paid N14 billion from the state coffers to contractors who were his cronies without the State Governor’s authorization or finance commissioner’s knowledge.

According to the petition titled, “Petition to investigate N14 billion unauthorized payment by Delta State Accountant General, Cyril Agbele and sundry crimes” and dated 12th March, 2020, the Accountant General allegedly took between 10 to 20 percent from contractors (in dollars) before paying them.

A source, in the EFCC disclosed that the SFU was currently on the investigation and will be inviting Mr Agbele any moment once the road to Lagos was cleared from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile, a source in the government house has disclosed that the state governor, apparently not happy with the development, had constituted a classified committee to probe the Accountant General.

By the same token, he said the governor, had ordered the freezing of contractors accounts with Zenith Bank, Asaba, who were beneficiaries of the alleged fraud.

In view of this, contractors who were supposed to be paid by the Accountant General in the month of March, 2020 had their cheques dishonoured by the bank, in respect to a letter written by the Commissioner of Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, with an order for any payment not cleared by him to be dishonoured.

However, the State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Fidelis Tilije denied knowledge of any fraud allegedly perpetuated by the State Accountant General.

Tilije, in a telephone conversation, also stated that he was not also aware of a committee set up by the governor to probe the alleged fraud perpetuated by the State Accountant General.

According to him, “I am not aware of any petition. I am not aware of any N14 billion fraud. I am not aware of anything relating to a N14 billion naira fraud or any fraud in this government.”

This is not the first time the Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele is facing allegations of multiple fraud. He has been fingered, severally, for fraud of over N15 billion in cases under investigation by the EFCC.

All efforts to reach the accused Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele, proved abortive, as calls and a text message to his phone number, 0803**** 526 were neither answered nor replied.

Source: TheCityPulseNews.com

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War against terrorism: Buratai pours encomiums on Gen. Adeniyi for achieving results

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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has poured encomiums on Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, for the successes recorded under his leadership as Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD).

Buratai gave the commendation at a dinner organised in honour of Adeniyi at the Military’s Command Guest House, in Maiduguri, on Saturday night.

Burutai said that the emergence of Adeniyi as the Theatre Commander was a turning point in the history of the army’s war against terrorism.

He said that Adeniyi showed high level of dedication, commitment and understanding of the operational environment, which placed him in a very good state to achieve success as the commander.

“Adeniyi came at a point when virtually most of the FOBs were falling and his coming was a turning point in Lafiya Dole’s operation.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“This one; no matter the lapses, no matter the inadequacies and no matter what happened, nobody can take that away from him as part of his successes.

“He came at a time when things were already crumbling and his leadership style turned things around to bring us to where we are today.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“So Adeniyi, be rest assured that you have made your mark. You are leaving the Theatre, but you will be required to share the experience you have gathered here. You will be consulted accordingly,” he said.

The COAS also lauded other security agencies for their roles in ensuring successes in the counter insurgency campaign.

Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, the new Theatre Commander of OPLD, assured the COAS that he would do his best to achieve the vision, mandate and objective of the operation.

“The Theatre is out to achieve all the directives with the orders and instructions from the headquarters,” he said.

In his remarks, Adeniyi lauded the COAS for supporting him to serve under his supervision as Theatre Commander.

“I am very happy that, to the best of my knowledge, I have done everything in my power, and that I did not let you down, sir,” he said.

Adeniyi has now been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow.

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GOING!!!: ECOBANK SETS TO SELL OBA AKINRUNTAN’S ABUJA HOTEL OVER N5BN DEBT

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja, will on April 9 hear an application by Ecobank Nigeria for an order authorising it to sell the Abuja hotel belonging to Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited, owned by Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ùgbo Kingdom in Ondo State.
The bank said it has agreed with Obat Oil, which belongs to the monarch, to sell the hotel to offset N5 billion debt owed the bank by the hospitality outfit.
The hotel, Febson Hotels & Malls, is on Plot 2425 on Herbert Macaulay Way in Abuja.
Justice Hassan Babangida had adjourned to enable the parties to settle, but Obat’s lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said “not much had been achieved” in the settlement talks.
The bank’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Ogunba (SAN) of Insolvency Forte, said the talks had broken down completely.
He added that he was yet to receive any correspondence or document on an out-of-court settlement.
The bank, in its last October 18 motion, said the agreement to offset the N5 billion debt, is contained in a consent judgment of a Lagos High Court delivered on March 15, 2017.
It said the agreement between it and Obat Oil was adopted by the court as its judgment.
The bank, however, said despite the registered consent judgment, Obat Oil prevented potential buyers from paying for the hotel by demanding unrealistic sums.
But Obat Oil, in its counter-affidavit, said the bank, in an April 5, 2017 letter, assigned its rights and interests in the case to a third party, ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited, which is Ecobank Group’s debt recovery vehicle.
The oil company accused the bank of concealing the fact before the court.
The respondent contended that by the alleged concealment, the bank “no longer had any right or interest in the judgment-debt sought to be enforced before the honourable court”.
Justice Babangida fixed April 9 for definite hearing but noted that parties were at liberty to settle.

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