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Wike Calls For Arrest Of SARS Operatives Who Killed Suspected Phone Thieves

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 2:20am

Governor Nyesom Wike has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that shot and killed suspected phone thieves in Lagos.

The SARS operatives were depicted in a viral video on social media as shooting and killing two individuals.

Reacting to the killing, Wike on his official Twitter handle, @NyesomWlKE, called on the Nigeria Police Force to identify the cops and prosecute them for murder.

The governor wrote, “This disturbing video showing extrajudicial killings of two men who have already been “disarmed” is beyond barbaric.

“The @PoliceNG MUST as a matter of urgency see that the devils who committed this murder are brought to book. WE ARE TIRED #EndSARS”

This disturbing video showing extrajudicial killings of two men who have already been “disarmed” is beyond barbaric. The @PoliceNG MUST as a matter of urgency see that the devils who committed this murder are brought to book. WE ARE TIRED #EndSARS

— Governor Wike (@NyesomWlKE) August 21, 2019

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Nigerian Woman, Children Suffer Acid Attack, Estranged Husband Accused

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 1:13am



A woman and her two children have been attacked with acid in the Layin Shehii Quarter, Dandume, Katsina State.

The victims are Rabi Ado, and her two children, Yahaya, and Zainab Ismail.

The attackers reportedly poured acid on the victims through a window while they were asleep.

They were rushed to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital having suffered burns.

Punch reports that cries of agony by the victims forced their neighbours awake.

One of the neighbours said, “Their cries woke us up and by the time we forced the door of their room open, the woman and her children were in serious pain.

“We then mobilised and took them to a nearby hospital, from where they were transferred to the teaching hospital at Zika, because of the extent of the injuries.”

Rabi, it was gathered, was estranged from her husband.

The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Anaz Gizewa, told the newspaper, “One Rabi Ado, wife to one Ismail Gilima of Layin Shehi Quarter, Dandume, was assaulted by (an unknown person(s), who threw some liquid substances suspected to be acidic on her and her children through the window while they were asleep.

“As a result, she sustained some burns and scalds on her back and shoulder. Her children, Yahaya Ismail, and Zainab Ismail were also affected.

“They are currently receiving treatment at the ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria. The family of the victims were contacted and they confirmed the incident. They further stated that they were strongly suspecting the husband, Ismail, for being responsible for the attack
due to the fact that he and the wife had a case in court.

“The wife is seeking a divorce from him. He was informed of the incident via the phone, but up until now, he has refused to show up.

“However, we have already liaised with the victim’s family to trace him and get him arrested.”

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Obasanjo: Nigeria's Situation Bad But There's Light Beyond The Tunnel

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 1:06am


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria's
socio-economic-political situation of Nigeria is bad but expressed optimism that things would be good again.

Obasanjo stated this while addressing a gathering at a youth programme organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

The ex-president said, “I have tremendous hope in Nigeria; I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria.

“Having run the affairs of Nigeria as a military head of state when some people felt there was virtually no hope, we turned it around.

“During the Murtala Muhammed government and my government soldiers who were working in Lagos and who had to go to the office in public transport did not wear their uniforms,  they were ashamed.

"But within the space of six months, they were proudly wearing their uniforms. So, it can be done.

“Don’t lose hope. The current situation is bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but I can see the light beyond the tunnel. There is light beyond the tunnel."

He added, “There should be no Nigerian child that should be out of school for any reason.

“You have already got your Boko Haram in the next 15 years if you don’t do anything about that. So, whatever you are talking about, unless you take care of inclusivity, you will not get there. Quality is important, but inclusivity is much better.”

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Disturbing Video Of How Nigerian Policemen Allegedly Killed Unarmed Suspected Phone Thieves

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 1:02am

Nigeria Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

Nigeria Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

“Leave am, make I kill am,” a policeman said.

“Kunle, commot there make dem kill the idiot,” said, another policeman.

Two gunshots were heard.

“God punish you! We no dey waste time,” one of the policemen added.

This is not a Nollywood movie scene but a video posted on the social media depicting how operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) shot dead two suspected phone thieves in Lagos.

In the video, two individuals were handcuffed and a voice (suspected to be that of the person filming the incident) said, “You go collect, you go collect.” 

Is extrajudicial killing now justified in Nigeria?
Why kill unarmed suspected robbers? @PoliceNG @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari #EndSARS

— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) August 20, 2019

Then, a gunshot boomed.

The video also revealed a third individual arrested by the cops on the floor of a yellow minibus.

The three individuals were ordered to get out of the bus.

“Come down! Come down!” the policemen screamed and thereafter their victims were shot and killed.

One of the cops explained why their victims were subjected to extrajudicial killing, “They post on Jiji that they buy phones. Then, they will call you and price your phone at a higher price.

“After calling you, they will collect your phone at gunpoint. This happens at Igando. So, they collected my friend’s phone. My friend then changed his number on Jiji and posted another phone for sale.

“They called him again and he decided to go there with anti-robbery operatives to arrest them so that he could get his phone back.

“The anti-robbery team got there, caught them and shot them."

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has yet to comment on the incident.

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Gang-raped, Nigerian Woman's Decomposing Body Found Inside Hotel Room

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 12:54am


A young woman, whose identity is unknown has been discovered dead three days after she was allegedly gang-raped by some men in a hotel room in the Amukpe community, in the Sapele Local Government Area of
Delta State.

The woman’s corpse was already decomposing when it was found under the bed on Monday, August 19, 2019.

Punch reports that the deceased was ganged-raped by some men, who brought her to the hotel three days before she was found dead.

The men reportedly hid her remains under the bed and checked out of the hotel.

The offensive odour coming from the room attracted the hotel management, who eventually called in the police.

The police swung into action and evacuated the body. Her corpse was deposited in a morgue and the hotel was shut down.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Adeyinka Adeleke, told the newspaper, “It is true that a woman died in a hotel in Sapele. I don’t know what killed her and how she died.”

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Kano Governor Ganduje Opens Defence Against Opponent

Sahara Reporters - 21 August 2019 - 12:31am


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, is expected to open defence on the case challenging his victory at the last governorship election in the state.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging Ganduje's victory at the governorship election petitions tribunal.

The governor will now have his time to defend himself following the argument of the PDP

Offiong Offiong (SAN), who is representing Ganduje, had earlier hinted that the governor would be calling no fewer than 203 witnesses in defence of his electoral victory.

At the Tuesday’s proceedings, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was listed as the first respondent, announced through its counsel, Adedayo Adedeji, the closure of its defence.

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Governorship Elections: INEC Fixes September For PVC Collection In Bayelsa, Kogi

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:58pm


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will begin the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) on September 2 in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the commission held a meeting and reviewed its preparations for the conduct of the governorship election scheduled to hold in both states on November 16, 2019.

Okoye said PVCs would be available for collection at the registration areas and wards across the local government areas in the states.

He noted that the exercise, which would take place between 9 am and 3 pm from Monday to Friday, would last till September 30.

According to the national commissioner, the total number of uncollected PVCs in Kogi and Bayelsa states are 170,644 and 49,291 respectively.

INEC urged all registered voters that had yet to collect their PVCs to do so in order to vote for their preferred candidates in the polls.

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Buhari To New Ministers: Go Through Abba Kyari If You Want To See Me

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:54pm


The President has directed the incoming ministers to channel all requests for meetings with him through his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive on Tuesday at the end of a presidential retreat for ministers-designate, presidential aides and other top government functionaries at the State House in Abuja.

“In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),”
Buhari said.




After two days, we have come to the end of a successful retreat.

However, you will agree that our work is just beginning.

These last two days have been very instructive for me personally, because I have had the opportunity to know many of you new ministers-designate better. I was also pleased to see that you have all equally enjoyed debating and deliberating on the various challenges before us over the next four years.

Ladies and gentlemen, majority of our people are poor and are anxiously hoping for a better life. A Nigeria in which they do not have to worry about what they will eat, where they will live or if they can afford to pay for their children’s education or healthcare.

Our responsibility as leaders of this great country is to meet these basic needs for our people. As I mentioned yesterday, this dministration inherited many challenges from our predecessors to mention a few:

A country in which 18 local governments in the Northeast were under the control of Boko Haram; Decayed infrastructure in which our rail lines and roads had severely deteriorated; A rent-seeking economy that depended largely on oil revenues and imports; Significant unpaid pensions, subsidy debts, legacy contractor debts. I
can go on and on.

In our first term, we laid the foundation to rebuild our country. We recaptured those 18 Local Governments previously held by Boko Haram, whose activities are now limited to sporadic attacks against soft targets.

Our investments in road and rail infrastructure are without precedent, and many of you can attest to this. We also focused on diversifying the economy from oil towards agriculture and industrialisation.

Despite reduced revenues from oil and gas compared to past governments, we have broadly addressed many of the legacy debts they left behind.

Whilst we have obvious successes to celebrate, the cdays.

Nevertheless, from the quality of the deliberations, it is clear that solutions to our problems are well researched and have been well articulated.

We have discussed solutions relating to addressing insecurity; macroeconomic stability; agriculture and food security; energy security for petroleum products and electricity; transportation and critical infrastructure; industrialisation and SME development; human
capital development; social inclusion; anti-corruption; housing financing and consumer credit.

Public service is not easy work, and at times it can be thankless. I am, therefore, charging you all to see this opportunity to serve as an honour, to give your best to deliver on this mandate, for a more prosperous Nigeria, not for some, but for all Nigerians.

You will find that working collaboratively and purposefully will enable us to achieve quicker results, recognising that four years is not a very long time.

For the new ministers, make sure you engage and benefit from the experience of the older ministers and former governors in the cabinet.

In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

I would like to thank the Office of the SGF for coordinating this successful Presidential Retreat. I would also like to thank the National Assembly leadership, the party chairman, chairman of the Governors’ Forum, and resource firms, for the active engagements and

Once again, the challenges that lie ahead of us as a country are significant. But I have no doubt in your individual capacities and our collective patriotic commitment to deliver a better Nigeria for us, our children and a brighter future for all.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Nigeria Has Capacity To Challenge European Space Industry -National Space Agency

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:42pm

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) wants Nigeria to harness the benefit of launching satellites from the Equatorial orbit, saying it is shorter to space and cheaper.

Dr. Spencer Onuh, the Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), one of NASRDA’s activity centres, said this during the 9th Annual Space Conference and Exhibition in Abuja with the theme, 'Exploration of Equatorial Orbit for Space Optimisation'.

Nigeria in 2003, 2007 and 2011 launched its satellites from China, Italy and Russia respectively which are outside the equatorial orbit.

Onuh, however, explained that the equatorial orbit is an orbit roughly in line with the equator of the being planet orbited while polar orbit is one in which a satellite passes above or nearly above poles of the body being orbited on each revolution.

He added, “There is a natural endowment of advantages the equatorial region bestows on us. For a country like Nigeria, we do a lot of revisiting of satellites for information gathering in disaster management, security, agricultural issues. We need to make use of equatorial orbit to reap the benefits of space science and technology.

Speaking further Onuh noted, “Private partnership can be Nigeria having international collaborations that should be done in our interest, on our terms.

“We have the capacity to challenge the European space industry, our challenge is the infrastructure, we need to fix our ground station, our Assembly, Integration and Testing lab.

“Private-public-partnership can be encouraged to develop space science technology because satellite business is not just about government.”

Similarly, Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, the Director of Centre for
Atmospheric Research, said that satellites from the equatorial orbit deviated from the equatorial plane of a planet by less than 45 degrees.

“NEqO satellites have possible programming and selection of areas to be observed with acceptable cloud cover before and during satellite data acquisition. I observed that most of the nations in the equatorial belt are actually underdeveloped and considered as nations
with poor management of resources.”


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Nigerian Stock Exchange Indices Slump As MTN, Union Bank, Conoil, Others Record Losses

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:33pm

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange market indices shed 0.21 percent due to loses in some blue chips.

The All Share Index (ASI) lost 57.27 points or 0.21 percent to 27,058.62 against 27,115.89 posted on Monday.

Also, the market capitalisation dipped N28 billion to close at N13.186 trillion against N13.214 trillion achieved on Monday.

The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalized stocks, amongst which are; MTN Nigeria, Conoil, PZ Cussons Nigeria, NCR Nigeria and Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN).

Speaking on the market’s performance, Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Consulting Limited, attributed the development to cautious trading and low confidence of investors, News
Agency of Nigeria reports.

“These are signs of low confidence and cautious trading as the nation’s economy remains unpredictable with the government yet to provide any economic direction,” he said.

However, market breadth closed positive, 27 stocks posted gains while 10 stocks posted declines.

Transcorp recorded the highest price gain of 10 percent, each to close at N3.85 and 99k, respectively. 

Chams followed with a gain 9.52 percent to close at 23k, while Berger Paints went up by 9.49 percent to close at N7.50 per share.

UACN appreciated by 9.38 percent to close at N5.25, per share.

Conversely, Cutix led the losers’ chart dropping by 9.62 percent to close at N1.41 per share.

PZ Cussons and Union Diagnostic & Clinical Services followed with a decline of 8.33 percent each to close at N5.50 and 22k, respectively, per share.

May and Baker lost 6.83 percent to close at N1.91, while Honeywell Flour Mills shed 6.06 percent to close at 93k per share.

The total volume traded declined by 16.39 percent with an exchange of 209.62 million shares worth N3.24 billion traded in 3,743 deals.

This was against 250.74 million shares valued at N3.53 billion transacted in 4,116 deals on Monday.

Transactions in the shares of Transcorp topped the activity chart with 43.59 million shares valued at N42.73 million.

Guaranty Trust Bank came second with 42.97 million shares worth N1.14 billion, while Zenith Bank traded 34.11 million shares valued at N591.99 million.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) sold 24.21 million shares valued at N148.56 million, while FBN Holdings recorded a turnover of 6.32 million shares worth N31.36 million.


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Confirmed: Senator Omoworare In, Senator Ita Enang Out As Buhari’s Special Aide

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:27pm

Sen. Babajide Omoworare has been appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matter (Senate).

Omoworare is to replace Senator Ita Enang.

A statement by Omoworare said, “Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has just announced my appointment as an aide to Mr. President for the National Assembly (Senate).

“I am grateful to God Almighty and to His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve his government as his primary liaison with the Senate.

“I gladly accept this rare and coveted privilege to advance the administration’s legislative agenda, promote its policy priorities in the Senate and foster Mr. President’s constitutional responsibilities in the National Assembly.

“As I resume the helm of President Buhari’s Legislative Office team, I am aware of the importance of ensuring a more productive working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. I have spent the past two decades working passionately as a parliamentarian, policy
strategist, legislative strengthening advocate, and lobbyist."

He added, “Therefore, it is my sincere but humble hope that my knowledge, expertise, and network of contacts in the National Assembly will be positive and outstanding resources to my new office, this administration, and the Nigerian nation.

“In pursuit of building further blocks in the Executive/Legislature relationship, I shall lead a team that will rely on the robust experience of the National Assembly leadership as well as the cooperation and cohesion of all the Distinguished Senators and our Honourable Representatives.

“I also look forward to a mutually satisfying relationship between the National Assembly on one part and Ministries, Departments and Agencies on the other part, as we toil towards accomplishing unparalleled achievements for the Federal Government, as well as guaranteeing good governance for the People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."


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I'll No Longer Tolerate Attacks From Governor Ihedioha - Okorocha

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:12pm


The former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has said that he would no longer tolerate any form of attacks from his successor, Emeka Ihedioha.

Okorocha made this known on Tuesday while speaking to his supporters upon his arrival in Owerri.

According to him, no amount of intimidation from his successor can cow him into submission.

Okorocha said, “I will no longer tolerate any form of attacks from Governor Emeka Ihedioha and I am charging my supporters to rise up and resist further attacks from the PDP-led government; nobody should intimidate you, Imo belongs to all of us.”

The former governor added that his successor “was crookedly put into office".

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Details Of What Nigeria's Secret Police, DSS, Said Against Sowore, A Non-Violent Political Activist

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 11:08pm


The Department of State Services (DSS) says it suspected that Omoyele Sowore, a candidate in Nigeria's last presidential election wanted to work with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to topple the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The federal government had proscribed the two groups, describing them as terrorist organizations.

Sowore is known in Nigeria and around the world as a human rights activist and non-violent agitator for democratic ideals.

He was part of the struggle against military jackboot in Nigeria and has continued to speak against bad governance and oppression in the country.

But the President Buhari regime claimed that his opponent, Sowore, in the February 23 presidential election was working with two terrorist groups to violently topple his government through the #RevolutionNow protest.

The DSS said this in an affidavit attached to its counter-argument against the application of Sowore challenging his detention.

An Abuja federal high court had granted the DSS 45 days to keep Sowore in its custody pending investigation into the allegation of terrorism against him.

Sowore had called for a non-violent nationwide protest scheduled for August 5 but was arrested in his apartment in Lagos on August 3 just before the #RevolutionNow protests kicked off.

The affidavit read: “The respondent./applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. Therespondent/appellant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“In his plot to topple the government, the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorist organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government. The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch a series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“After a series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form an alliance against the Nigerian government. The duo stated that they have a well-planned strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government."

The court document added, “The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorist organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is a need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB. The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim El-Zakzaky (Sheikh)."

Similarly, the affidavit claimed: “In furtherance to the plans to violently free El-Zakzaky from lawful custody. the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raise the issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

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Ten LGAs Ravaged By Flood In Yobe

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 5:08pm


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The Yobe State Government on Tuesday said that at least 3,000 houses in 10 out of the 17 local government areas had been badly hit by flood.

Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Mohammed Goje, made the disclosure in Kalalawa while distributing relief materials to victims of flooding.

Goje said the rising water levels destroyed many houses and farmlands with most of the victims taking shelter in other communities.

He said, “We have profiled the victims and provided them with relief materials in all the affected areas.”

Speaking further, Goje urged the people to evacuate all blockages on waterways, stressing that it had become necessary to reduce the effects of flooding as more rains were expected before the end of the season.

The secretary appealed to humanitarian partners to support government’s efforts by providing the victims with relief materials to lessen their pains.

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Obasanjo, Davido, Omisore, Others Top 19,000 Tax Defaulters In Nigeria

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 5:04pm

The Federal Inland Revenue Service has published names of 19,901 individuals and organisations, who default on tax payment in Nigeria.

The list contains prominent individuals and organisations Obasanjo Farms Nig. Ltd (Feedmill); Iyiola Omisore & Par; Citiroof Aluminium Co. Ltd; Coldstone Creamery Limited (Yaba); Davido Music Worldwide Ltd; Grand Square Supermarket and Stores Ltd; Open Heavens Bliss Enterprises; and God is Good Motors.

The agency said it had taken possession of the bank accounts of the tax defaulters, adding that the accounts would be under its possession until they regularise their tax status.

It said, “This is to notify all companies, which had their bank accounts placed under lien by the Federal Inland Revenue Service pursuant to Section 31 of the FIRSE Act but are yet to regularise their tax status with the FIRS, that if they fail, refuse or neglect to pay the tax due within 30 days of this notice, the FIRS shall in accordance with Section 49 (2) (a- d) of the FIRSE Act proceed and enforce the payment of the said tax against all the directors, managers, secretaries and every other person concerned in the management of the companies and recover the said tax from such persons without further notice.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the above section authorises the FIRS to proceed against and punish every officer, manager, director, secretary or any person concerned with the management of the company in like manner as if he/she had committed the offence.”

Others on the list of defaulters include Tiger Foods Limited; Slot Enterprises; Payporte Technology Limited; Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Limited; Erisco Foods Limited, Hubmart Stores Limited and United Capital Plc.

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Bad Loans, Biggest Threat To Microfinance In Nigeria –LAPO MD

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 5:02pm

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lift Above Poverty Organisation (microfinance bank), Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe, on Tuesday said that one of the biggest threats faced by the micro-credit sector was the issue of bad loans.

According to him, many Nigerians liked to take loans from microfinance banks but unwilling to pay back when the time for them to do so comes.

Ehigiamusoe, who said this had led to the collapse of many MFBs in the country, stated that the disturbing trend was affecting development and the growth of small scale businesses in Nigeria.

Speaking further, the LAPO boss, who said the financial institution disbursed over N137bn in loans in 2018, called on government to support the sector so that more Nigerians could be financially included and lifted out of poverty.

He said, “We live in a country where people would smile and be happy when they are collecting loans but when it is time for them to pay back such, they would run into hiding and be reluctant.

“When they are eventually held and asked to pay back, they start crying and making it look like the banks are bad.

“This is one biggest issues threatening the growth of the sector we operate in. Nigerians must change their attitude towards loan repayment.”

Ehigiamusoe however, stated that despite the glaring hurdles, LAPO would continue to offer services that would drive development that positively impacts the lives of ordinary people in Nigeria.

He added, “There are indeed many challenges affecting the operations of microfinance establishments like LAPO but notwithstanding, we will continue to come up with initiatives that help combat poverty in our country.

“Last year, we disbursed N137bn in loans. Our concern as a microfinance institution revolves around Nigeria’s poor and the impact we can make in tackling poverty.

“We need to review the existing measures put in place to address poverty in the country and lift people out of it. 

“That is the only way we can drive genuine development in Nigeria.”

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How We Were Stopped From Searching Ambode’s House –EFCC

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 4:44pm

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed how residents of Epe stopped its operatives from searching the house of former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday.

Sahara Reportershad reported that residents of Epe barred EFCC personnel from gaining access to the apartment.

The commission, however, claimed that hoodlums stopped its operatives and also attacked the convoy of its personnel, who went for the operation.

Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, said though the commission obtained a legal and valid search warrant, it was unable to carry out the mission.

The statement reads, “The attempt by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to execute a search warrant on the residence of a former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, was on Tuesday August 20, 2019 resisted by hoodlums loyal to him. See Also Sahara Reporters Ambode's Kinsmen, Neighbour Prevent EFCC's Raid Of Former Governor Ambode’s House 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

“The thugs attacked the operatives and vandalised their vehicle.

“The commission had obtained valid warrant to conduct search on Ambode’s residences in ParkView, Ikoyi, and country home in Epe, as part of ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance.

“However, the commission’s operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe by irate youths who injured three officers and damaged EFCC official vehicle.

“The attack was totally unprovoked as the commission’s operatives were civil and did not molest anybody.

“The commission, therefore, frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the former governor.

“It is also not true that the search was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor.” See Also Breaking News BREAKING: EFCC Invades Ex-Lagos Governor, Ambode’s House 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

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NIMC To Conduct NIN Enrolment In Austria, Germany

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 4:43pm

The National Identity Management Commission has concluded plans to extend the National Identification Number enrolment to Nigerians in Austria and Germany.

Director-General of the agency, Mr Aliyu Aziz, made the disclosure in a statement by the General Manager, Operations/Corporate Communications, Abdulhamid Umar, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Aziz said that the exercise would involve the demographic and biometric data capture of Nigerians residing in Austria and Germany in collaboration with Biosec Solution Limited licensed by NIMC to carry out enrolment across the globe.

He noted that the extension was to ensure that Nigerians in the Diaspora were captured in the process.

He said that it was in line with NIMC’s mandate to populate the National Identity Database and issue the NIN to all Nigerians and legal residents.

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Investigate Killing of Nigerian, Embassy Urges Ukraine Government

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 4:42pm

The Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine has petitioned the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Police Department in Kharkiv, demanding full investigations into circumstances surrounding the alleged stabbing to death of a Nigerian, Gbolade Ejemai, on August 8.

Ejemai, a medical doctor, was allegedly stabbed to death by one Victoria Popravko, with the connivance of her father in Ukraine.

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who had been in touch with the family of the deceased and Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine, confirmed the petition in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement was signed by NIDCOM’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa said the petition was delivered to the Ukrainian authorities on behalf of the Nigerian Government.

She said, “We have requested for a full and thorough investigation into the circumstance surrounding his demise, with a view to ensuring that justice is carried out.”

Dabiri-Erewa described the killing of Ejemai as a sad one and prayed for God to give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Kashifu Abdullahi Appointed As New NITDA Boss

Sahara Reporters - 20 August 2019 - 4:42pm

Kashifu Abdullahi has been appointed by the government as the new Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency.

Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar, confirmed the appointment in Abuja on Tuesday.

Umar quoted a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, confirming the appointment.

Abdullahi until his appointment was a principal officer at the Central Bank of Nigeria but was on secondment to NITDA as a Technical Assistant.

Other appointments by the government according to Shehu, included Senator Basheer Mohammed who replaced Mrs Sadiya Farouk as Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Dr Chioma Ejikeme was appointed to replace Mrs Sharon Ikeazor as the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Mr Adeleke Adewolu’s name had also been forwarded to the Senate to replace Mr Sunday Dare as Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission.

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