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Buhari Acknowledges Gombe Governor’s Efforts To Revitalize Agricultural Sector

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President Muhammad Buhari has acknowledged  the efforts of Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya to revitalize the Agricultural sector in the state.

Buhari speaking through Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono when the governor visited the ministry on Thursday.

Governor Iniwa Yahaya, Minister of Agriculture and others at Minister’s Office in Abuja

The Minister also commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for improving farming activities and animal production, assuring him of Federal Government’s continued support and collaboration.

He also informed the Governor that Wawa-Zange Grazing Reserve project, which will be the pilot project of the National livestock transformation scheme will soon commence.

The Governor was accompanied by the state Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Mohammed Magaji Gettado, Federal Permanent Secretary- designate, Babayo Ardo and Alhaji Abubakar Muazu Yariman Kashere as well as other aides.

He held discussions with the Minister and other officials of the Ministry on the progress so far made and new areas of collaboration in the efforts of his administration to revamp the Agricultural sector and ensure food security.

Recall that Governor Inuwa Yahaya has already keyed Gombe state into all Federal Government’s Agricultural programmes, projects and initiatives, hence his regular engagements with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to review progress and strengthen collaboration for the benefit of farmers and the entire citizenry.

EFCC Gets Final Forfeiture Of N827.6m From NDDC Contractors

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has secured the final forfeiture of N827, 679,098.32 from Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited. Both firms are linked to contractors with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Matthew Edevbie is the Chief Executive Officer of Flank Power Resources Limited.

In a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, explained that the forfeiture followed the order of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, sequel to an affidavit deposed to by an EFCC investigator, in which the Commission prayed the court for the forfeiture of the sum to the federal government of Nigeria, being proceeds of unlawful activity, traced to some contractors’ accounts with Zenith Bank.

A breakdown of the recovery shows that N616, 679, 098.32 (six hundred and sixteen million, six hundred and seventy-nine thousand, ninety-eight naira, thirty-two kobo) was recovered from Flank Power Resources Limited, while N211million (two hundred and eleven million naira) was recovered from GMFD Ventures Limited.

The statement revealed that between 2018 and 2019, Flank Power Resources Limited received the funds from the NDDC, through its account number: 1015642852, while GMFD received through account number: 1014657819 both of which are domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc for desilting contracts which aside from being inflated, were not executed but diverted and laundered.

Pregnant YouTube Star Nicole Thea Is Dead

Nicole Thea, Youtube star has died, the internet sensation who was pregnant, expecting a baby boy with boyfriend Global Boya died at the age of 24.

The death of NicoleThea was confirmed by her family and news announced officially by her family.

Pregnant YouTube Star Nicole Thea Dead at 24

The statement reads

“To all Nicole’s friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning,” a statement read on Sunday.

Her family noted that Nicole had “pre-scheduled a few Youtube videos” to upload on her channel before her dath and with Boya’s blessings, he “made the decision to allow them to be aired.”

“As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken,” a statement read on Nicole’s Instagram page

How Ajimobi swindled Oyo State through dubious contracts & budget padding – Gov. Makinde

In a daring move that political analysts and watchers say may further escalate the silent feud between the duo, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has painted a picture of the alleged corrupt practices that characterised the administration of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressive Congress, APC, when the latter held sway as the governor of the state, City News reports.

Governor Makinde alleged that the era of Ajimobi as the chief executive of Oyo State was characterised by corruption, budget padding, mismanagement of funds, kickback syndrome, inflation of contracts’ fees, lop-sidedness in projects management, award of contracts only to their cronies and re-awarding of projects at double price, among others.  

He made this sttement on a live programme of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State tagged ‘Live chat with GSM, a quarterly session with the Oyo State Governor’.  He said;

“If I should talk about the finances of Oyo State as at the time we came on board, some people will not be able to walk on the streets. Up till date, we have not bought vehicles for the office holders. If we are to buy official vehicles for myself and other office holders, we will not spend less than N3 billion and we cannot afford that now. Up till today, I am still using my personal cars in office.  

“Our priority is to the people. We prioritise what we can do to the people who gave the opportunity to serve them over ourselves. We don’t want to serve ourselves. On May 6, 2019, three weeks to take over, the last administration withdrew N5.2 billion and spent it to remain N19, 000 by May 29. Soon, those involve will have to explain how they spent the money on the people.  

“When I resumed, I was scared. The government was running 67 banks accounts. So I asked for all the balances of the accounts. A particular account has N300 million, and another has N20 million. I asked the accountant general to prune the accounts down and put all the money in one account and which came to about N6 billion.”

“When we assumed office, some people came to me and said that this is how they shared money. I said don’t share the money to me. Let us use it to better the lives of the people of the state. IGR has gone up a bit because we have blocked loopholes. Let me also reveal this. We did not spend government money on those Christmas decorations that you see everywhere. Normally, at the end of the year, people and corporate organisations give gifts to the governor.  

“So, when they came, I called my people and told them that these gifts should be channelled towards beautifying the state instead. So, we used the gifts to do those Christmas decorations that you are seeing. If we continue to be prudent, all will be well and things will go round. It is because we cut off the wastage, that is why we are able to do some of the things we are doing”.

FG uncovers illegal petrol stations along Nigeria-Niger border

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

…Says over 50% owned by foreigners

Friday Olokor, Magama Jibia Border

The Federal Government on Monday said it had uncovered “hundreds of filling stations” along Nigeria’s Magama Jibia border with the Republic of Niger purposely set up for the smuggling of petroleum products.

The government identified fuel smuggling, illegal migration, importation of arms and ammunition and smuggling of rice from the Republic of Benin to Nigeria through Niger Republic as some of the challenges of border policing.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated these when he led a delegation of the Federal Government to Magama Jibia, Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic.

On the delegation were Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum and top echelon of Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Customs Service.

The Minister said that since the closure of the nation’s borders, Nigeria had recorded over 30 per cent in domestic fuel consumption.

The PUNCH reported that the government’s delegation last week visited the Seme border in Lagos State to start the on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing border drill in the South-South (Sector 1), South-West (Sector 2), North-Central (Sector 3) and North-West (Sector 4).

Mohammed said, “We have just assessed the border drill in Sector 4 (North-West). Please note that the challenges in Sector 4 are different from what we witnessed in Sector 2, especially Seme. Whereas rice smuggling is the main issue in Sector 2, the challenges here in Sector 4 include fuel smuggling, illegal migration and importation of arms and ammunition. Of course, rice from Benin is also smuggled to Nigeria through Niger.

“Smuggling of petroleum products out of Nigeria has been greatly reduced. The closure of filling stations along the border is a huge success. There are hundreds of filling stations along the border. We counted many as we drove to the border this (Monday) morning.

“They were set up purposely for smuggling. They don’t sell the fuel consignment they receive to the public. No! Plus 50 per cent of them are owned by foreigners.

“The drill has drastically curtailed the inflow of arms and ammunition. Bandits and terrorists are finding it hard to procure arms and ammunition, hence we have recorded a reduction in cases of cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed banditry which were predominant in the North-West region.

“These acts have now been significantly reduced. The arms and ammunition being used by violent extremists and criminal elements no longer make their way into the country through the land borders. Of course, this will also have a negative effect on the insurgency.

“We have recorded over 30 per cent increase in revenue since the drill. Gentlemen, before the drill, the borders contributed nothing to the revenue. Nothing. Customs was recording about N4. 5 billion daily. Since the closure, the figure has increased to between N5 and N8 billion daily.

“The North West Sector, of the four sectors affected by the drill, has recorded the highest success in terms of reduction of illegal migration.”

Access Bank Promotes Sustainability Culture With Community Investment Workshops

Access-Bank

Continuing its drive for sustainable economic growth and prosperity through its week-long Sustainability Awareness Week, Access Bank Plc hosted members of staff and some of its third-party stakeholders to workshops on sustainability best practices.

According to the Group Head, Corporate Communications and External Affairs, Access Bank Plc, Amaechi Okobi, the workshops were organized to raise the level of awareness on the importance of sustainability within and outside the corporate environment.

“Following the launch of the new brand, Access Bank’s staff strength has grown from 18,000 to about 29,000. Hence, it became expedient that we educate the new staff and re-educate our older statesmen on the organizational sustainability ethos and values,” he said.

Buhari’s Address To The Nation

Buhari

Buhari’s Address To The Nation

It was earlier reported by touchaheart that President Muhammadu Buhari would address the nation on the on going Crises in Nigeria today

Below is the detailed write up of his speech:

  • ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020Fellow Nigerians,It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

    2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

    3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

    4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

    5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

    6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

    7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

    8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

    9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

    10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

    11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

    a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
    b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
    c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
    d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

    13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
    a. Farmermoni,
    b. Tradermoni,
    c. Marketmoni,
    d. N-Power,
    e. N-Tech and
    f. N-Agro.

    14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

    15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

    16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

    17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

    18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

    19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

    20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

    21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

    22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

    23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

    24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

    25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

    26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

    27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

    Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari To Address Current Country Situation Today By 7pm

President Muhammadu Buhari

Touchaheart reports that the President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, will today address the current crises in the country at large.

 

There is reportedly going to be a national broadcast today, 22nd of October, 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari on the current situation of this country.

This announcement was made via a post on the Twitter page of Bashir Ahmad, The personal assistant of President Buhari at exactly 5:00 pm today.

The post read:

“FLASH: Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President @MBuhari will make a national broadcast, today, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.”

CCTV Footage Of Lekki Massacre

Lekki Massacre

 

Lekki Massacre

CCTV Footage Of Lekki Massacre

Touchaheart reports that Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu the Governor of Lagos State, claims that the Lekki Toll-Gate CCTV camera captured the shooting of protesters by the military

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the Lekki Toll-Gate CCTVs camera captured the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

He said the footage would be submitted to the judicial panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings and extortion.

He said this when asked why the cameras capturing the protest was removed before the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

In his response, he noted that the CCTV cameras have footage of what happened during the protests.

He said, “I will just speak up the truth on what actually happened. There are security personnel of The Lekki Concession Company on the ground. I had called the Managing Director that night when I saw the pictures. What he said to me is that because of the curfew that has been announced, they took a decision that they will take out installations that are critical to them. That camera that you saw is not a security camera or a motion camera. The camera is a laser camera for vehicles. It picks the tag on cars and number plate.

“It is not for a camera for human beings. It is an infrared camera that just picks the tag on the vehicles. Security camerals for the plaza are still available. These are some of the footage that we are going to use for our investigation. Security cameras are installed on top of towers and they are there because I have seen them. Nobody can touch the security camera.

“These are things that we can leave open for citizens to come and verify when the panel of enwuiries start. We will adopt this as evidence so that experts can come and review what kind of camera are those shown at the footage.”

When asked if the footage of the cameras can be assessed, he replied “absolutely”.

Lekki Massacre: NAOSRE Condemns Shooting of Unarmed Protesters, Calls For Dialogue

NAOSRE

NAOSRE

Lekki Massacre: NAOSRE Condemns Shooting of Unarmed Protesters, Calls For Dialogue

The National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, has lent its voice to the global outcry over the unwarranted killings of innocent #End SARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on Tuesday.
In a statement issued in Lagos by the Acting President, Favour Benson, the association decried the tensions that have escalated across Nigeria in recent days as violence flared across several cities in the country.
According to Benson, “After a careful analyses of the current security situation in Nigeria, NAOSRE’s empirical deduction is that aggrieved young Nigerians are protesting and agitating for a fundamental change of a clearly decadent political structure that serves only the warped political actors while the country sinks deeper into irretrievable decadence and development inertia.
“However, official comments and body language of government officials are not only a mockery of democratic ethics and ethos but an assault on democracy.
“Notably, NAOSRE abhors the infiltration of the patriotic protests by hoodlums who perpetrated heinous crimes under the cover of #End SARS. But the killing of innocent #End SARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on Tuesday stands condemned. It is more offensive to open fire on Nigerians waving the Nigerian flag.
“We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to, immediately, take charge and address the situation before it becomes full blown war. We also call on protesting Nigerians to embrace dialogue in the course of the common struggle to arrive at recognizable interests that all Nigerians can identify with,” Benson said.

Favour Benson {Mrs}
Acting President,
NAOSRE.

#LekkiMassacre: We switched off the bill board on the order of Sanwo-Olu

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#LekkiMassacre, We switched off the bill board on the order of Lagos state governor, Baba -Jide Sanwo-Olu

 

Loatsad Promomedia has issued a statement clearing up rumours that it played a role in the attack on #EndSARS protesters at #LekkiMassacre on Tuesday evening.

Touchaheart Nigeria reports that the media company owned by Seyi Tinubu, son of Popular Lagos politician/APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, disclosed that they shut down their billboard at the Lekki Toll gate based on an order by the state governor, Baba-jide Sanwoolu.

The statement read in full:

“When we started in 2014, we had a plan to change the perception of African start-ups in the global space.

We believed as Africans, we could create something great and we set out with a N4m loan from a bank and we started trading, going from door to door begging for work and relentlessly grew the business employing and empowering over 200 Nigerians today directly or indirectly.

We have supported many upcoming businesses, artists, people in need as giving back to our community has always been our passion (all this can be verified).”

“All of our achievements thus far have come the from hard work, sweat and determination of our work force and everything Loatsad has been doing has been open, all taxes are remitted and payments to agencies and regulatory bodies have been timely, so we can be proud to say we are contributing the growth of the industry and Nation.”

“When the “EndSars” and “say no to police brutality” protests started from day one we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.”

“On Tuesday when the curfew was announced we heeded the governors warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governors curfew request.”

“We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.

We believe in this movement and that it was the start of the change our generation needed to move our country forward and we will continue to support the youths of this great nation.”

Breaking: Burna boy and Ighalo houses set on fire by thugs

Burna boy

Breaking: Burna boy and Ighalo houses set on fire by thugs (video)

Detail later

#EndSARS: “Where Is Buhari”, Kamaru Usman Asks

#EndSARS

#EndSARS

#EndSARS: “Where Is Buhari”, Kamaru Usman Asks

 

A US-based Nigerian boxer, Kamaru Usman, has queried the whereabouts of President Muhammadu Buhari as the End SARS protests continue to spread across Nigeria.
Usman reacting to the ongoing chaos in a video post via his Instagram account on Tuesday asked Buhari why he has not come out to address the nation over the ongoing End SARS protests.#EndSARS

Touch-a-heart.com.ng reports that he also insisted that the present government has failed Nigerians and pledged his support for the ongoing protest.

According to him, “It is tough right now for me to understand what is going on in my own country and just how things have gotten to the point. This is something that has been a long time in the works, it has been a long time coming, dating back to my father’s generation. This is something that has been a long time coming but as things start to unfold, it is so heartbreaking to watch, all the destruction and chaos that is going on right now.

Where is our president? Where is Mr President? Where are you Mr President? Buhari, how is it that these last days are lasting for more than two-three days before you take notice? How is this going on for so long to the point that you cannot just come out, open your arms and talk to your children, talk to your country? Talk to us. We are all your children, Mr Buhari. How is it that you cannot just come out; lay it out for us?”

“You have been elected as our president to lead us, and you guys have failed. You guys have been failing for a long time, and that is why it has gotten to this point. Now it is time to wake up, stand up and change. What I’m seeing every day, all the killings that are taking place; all the destruction that are taking place, we have been set back a long time, but this has set us back even further.

“You can be the one to step in and bring this to a halt. But for some reason, silence is going on long enough. Buhari, you need to step up. The government needs to step up, and they need to change the country. We are one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful nation in the world. For us to be in this situation is heartbreaking.”

“My heart goes out to all my family there every one of the Nigerian that is still there. My heart goes out to every one of you. My heart is with you. We will get past this. I am praying with you. My heart is with you guys; peace and love. I am watching closely. Anything I can do from my side, I will absolutely raise awareness for this because we have to change. We have to be better. We have to change the narrative right now. Peace.”

Gov Sanwo-Olu Tenders Apology For Last Night’s Gun Attack At Lekki #EndSARS Protesters

Gov Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Gov Sanwo-Olu, has apologized for every ”action and inaction” that took place at the Lekki tollgate #EndSARS Protest Camp on Tuesday night, October 20.

It was reported that gunshots were fired at the End SARS protesters who gathered at the Lekki tollgate last night.

The governor on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, apologized for the incident via his Instagram page.

READ ALSO: Lagoon Hospital At Liver Pool Apapa on fire.

His post reads:

”Yesterday’s events were no doubt some of the darkest gradients of our history as a State and as a people. As you are aware, I have been engaging the #EndSARS protesters since the protests started.

There are no excuses for the unfortunate incident that took place last night, and as the Governor, I apologize for every action and inaction.

I would like you to know that I am for you, I am with you, and I understand that indeed you’re not happy with the turn of events last night.
I want to once again, and passionately from the depth of my heart appeal to our teeming youths, to our protesters that you should please give peace a chance.
There have been several reported cases of arson, and of destruction of properties this morning.

We want to plead with parents, we want to appeal to guardians, I want to appeal to our citizens, especially our youths. I feel the pain, and I want to say once again that as your Governor, I will continue to ensure that every life does matter.”

Lagoon Hospital At Liver Pool Apapa on fire.

Lagoon Hospital

Lagoon Hospital At Liver Pool Apapa on fire. 

Lagoon Hospital

Lagoon hospital was set ablazed when the men at the gate refused to accept one of the protesters that was wounded.

More details later…

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