BREAKFAST NEWS 23-12-2021

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  • PDP CAUCUS CALLS FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI’S RESIGNATION OVER ISSUES BEDEVILLING NIGERIA.
  • FG DAMAGES OVER ONE MILLION DOSES OF EXPIRED COVID-19 VACCINES.
  • IPOB DARES GOVERNOR EL-RUFAI OVER SOUTHERN KADUNA ETHNIC CLEANSING.

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PDP/BUHARI

THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY, PDP CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS CALLED FOR PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S RESIGNATION.

THE CAUCUS MADE THE CALL IN A STATEMENT SIGNED BY THE LEADER OF THE CAUCUS, KINGSLEY CHINDA, SAYING NIGERIA, UNDER THE RULERSHIP OF PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS BEEN SEIZED BY BANDITS AND TERRORISTS WHO EXTRACT RANSOM DEMANDS ON THE POOR, IMPOVERISHED CITIZENS AND TURN HOMESTEADS, HAMLETS, VILLAGES, TOWNS AS WELL CITIES INTO KILLING FIELDS.

CHINDA MAINTAINED THAT BANDITS, TERRORISTS AND KIDNAPPERS HAVE CONTINUED TO UNLEASH THEIR REIGN OF TERROR ON HELPLESS CITIZENS DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S RECENT REMARK AT THE SIDELINES OF THE COP-26 CONFERENCE IN SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, WHERE HE BOASTED TO CURB INSECURITY.

HE THEREFORE CALLED ON PRESIDENT BUHARI TO SAVE NIGERIA BY WAKING UP FROM HIS LONG SLUMBER OR RESIGN NOW.

FG/EXPIRED VACCINE

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DESTROYED OVER ONE MILLION DOSES OF EXPIRED ASTRAZENECA VACCINES DONATED TO COMBAT COVID-19 IN THE COUNTRY.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, NPHCDA, DR. FAISAL SHUAIB, WHO SPOKE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN CONFIRMED THAT HE PERSONALLY LED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE VACCINES AT GOSA DUMPSITE NEAR THE IDU RAILWAY STATION, ABUJA.

ACCORDING TO DR. SHUAIB, ABOUT 1.6 MILLION DOSES OF THE EXPIRED ASTRAZENECA VACCINES WERE WITHDRAWN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR DESTRUCTION, ADDING THAT THE VACCINES HAD NOW BEEN DEPOSITED BY THE ABUJA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

WHILE EXPLAINING THAT THE AGENCY HAD COME THROUGH IN THEIR PROMISE TO ALL NIGERIANS TO BE TRANSPARENT IN THEIR DELIVERY OF THE COVID-19 VACCINES, HE NOTED THAT THE VACCINES DID NOT EXPIRE BEFORE THEY TOOK THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW AND DESTROY THEM, ADDING THAT THEY MADE THE MOVE IN CONJUCTION WITH THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL, NAFDAC.

KWARA/NOMINEES

KWARA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY HAS RECEIVED NAMES OF FOUR ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER NOMINEES FOR SCREENING AND CONFIRMATION FROM GOVERNOR ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ.

IN A LETTER ADDRESSED TO SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, YAKUBU SALIHU AND READ DURING WEDNESDAY’S SITTING, GOVERNOR ABDULRAZAQ POINTED TO ABDULMALIK RISIKATULLAHI FROM ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ADAMU JEMILAT-BAKI, BARUTEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, GABRIEL TOWOJU, OKE-ERO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND IBRAHIM AKAJE FROM ILORIN WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER NOMINEES.

THE GOVERNOR FURTHER STATED THAT THE APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMISSIONERS IS IN LINE WITH SECTION 2 OF THE 1999 NIGERIA CONSTITUTION AS AMENDED BUT RESPONDING, THE SPEAKER EXPLAINED THAT SCREENING OF THE NEW COMMISSIONER NOMINEES WOULD BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

KWARA/BUDGET

KWARA STATE GOVERNOR, ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ HAS PRESENTED A BUDGET OF OVER 189 BILLION NAIRA FOR 2022 TO THE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

GOVERNOR ABDULRAZAQ SAID THE 2022 APPROPRIATION BILL TAGGED BUDGET OF SUSTAINED REFORMATION FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAS AN INCREASE OF 12.15 PERCENT OVER THE 2021 REVISED BUDGET, EXPLAINING THAT THE BUDGET WAS BUILT ON THE ASSUMPTIONS OF OIL PRICE OF 57 US DOLLARS PER BARREL, EXCHANGE RATE OF 410 NAIRA PER DOLLAR AND GDP GROWTH PROJECTED AT 4.20 PERCENT.

THE GOVERNOR WHO SAID EFFORTS OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT WERE PAYING OFF AS REFLECTED IN VARIOUS DATA SETS LISTED SOME ONGOING PROJECTS TO INCLUDE INNOVATION HUB, VISUAL ARTS CENTRE, GARMENT FACTORY AMONG OTHERS.

MEANWHILE, THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED THE FIRST TRANCHE OF 3.5 MILLION EUROS FROM THE FRENCH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THE PROJECTS CAPTURED UNDER THE RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETING PROJECT, RAAMP ACROSS THE STATE.

KWARA/CHRISTMAS

KWARA STATE POLICE COMMAND HAS DEPLOYED 2,500 PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SECURITY BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES IN THE STATE, BANNING THE USE OF FIRECRACKERS ALSO CALLED BANGERS.

THE COMMAND SPOKESMAN, OKASANMI AJAYI WHO MADE THIS KNOWN IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO NEWSMEN IN ILORIN, THE STATE CAPITAL WARNED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS, WHILE MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS WERE TASKED TO AVOID UNNECESSARY ACROBATIC DISPLAYS, ADDING THAT OFFENDERS WOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED TO COURT.

AJAYI FURTHER NOTED THAT OFFICERS OF THE COMMAND AND MEN HAD BEEN SUFFICIENTLY LECTURED ON THE NEED TO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DICTATE OF THE RULES OF THEIR ENGAGEMENT BUT WOULD BE CIVIL AND FIRM WHILE RESPECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS.

MEANWHILE, WISHING RESIDENTS OF THE STATE A PEACEFUL CELEBRATION, THE STATE POLICE COMMISSIONER, AMIENBO ASSAYOMO ADVISED THEM TO BE MODERATE IN ALL THEY DO DURING THE FESTIVITIES.

IPOB/EL-RUFAI

THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, IPOB HAS CHALLENGED KADUNA STATE GOVERNOR, NASIR EL-RUFAI TO SWEAR IF HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE ELECTION ETHNIC CLEANSING OF NON FULANI COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHERN KADUNA.

IN A STATEMENT MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN BY IPOB’S SPOKESMAN, EMMA POWERFUL, THE SEPARATIST GROUP SAID NO AMOUNT OF COVER-UP WOULD EXONERATE GOVERNOR EL-RUFAI FROM THE GENOCIDE IN SOUTHERN KADUN,

IPOB, WHILE REACTING TO THE REMARK OF THE GOVERNOR WHO COMPARED IT WITH TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND BANDITS RAMPAGING SOUTHERN KADUNA STATED THAT IT IS NOT ONLY PROVOCATIVE BUT A MISCHIEVOUS DISPLAY OF IGNORANCE FOR THE GOVERNOR TO COMPARE FREEDOM SEEKERS WITH BLOOD THIRSTY TERRORISTS.

IT THEREFORE REQUESTED THE GOVERNOR TO NAME ONE TERROR COMMITTED BY THE GROUP OR SWEAR BY ALLAH THAT HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE ONGOING ETHNIC CLEANSING AND RE-NAMING OF THEIR TOWNS TO FULANI COMMUNITIES.

FCT/POLICE

THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, FCT POLICE COMMAND HAS STATED THAT THE OFFICERS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN EXTORTION WHILE ON DUTY IN ABUJA HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

FCT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, CP SUNDAY BABAJI MADE THIS KNOWN IN A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE COMMAND’S SPOKESPERSON, DSP JOSEPHINE ADEH FOLLOWING THE VIDEO WHICH IS CURRENTLY GENERATING REACTIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT, THE FCT COMMAND URGED RESIDENTS WHO MIGHT HAVE CONTACT OF THE VICTIM OF THE ALLEGED EXTORTION TO REACH OUT TO THE AUTHORITY, PARTICULARLY THE OFFICE OF THE POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OF THE COMMAND FOR INVESTIGATIONS.

IT THEREFORE URGED RESIDENTS NOT RELENT IN COOPERATING WITH THE POLICE AS TOUCHING THE RENDITION OF PROMPT AND ACCURATE INFORMATION RELEVANT IN FIGHTING CRIME AND CRIMINALITY IN THE FCT, IMPLORING RESIDENTS TO REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS MOVEMENTS.

CUSTOMS/DRUGS

OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS STRIKE FORCE, ZONE B HAVE INTERCEPTED IMPORTED DRUGS INCLUDING SEX ENHANCEMENT DRUGS WORTH 6.1 MILLION NAIRA WITH FAKE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOOD AND DRUGS ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL, NAFDAC REGISTRATION NUMBER ALONG KATSINA STATE AXIS.

ZONE B CUSTOMS COORDINATOR, USENI OLORUKOOBA MADE THE DISCLOSURE WHILE BRIEFING NEWSMEN ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COMMAND IN THE LAST QUARTER OF THE YEAR 2021 AT ITS HEADQUARTERS IN KATSINA STATE, SAYING THE DRUGS WERE INTERCEPTED BY OPERATIVES OF THE STRIKE FORCE IN MALUMFASHI AND JIBIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF THE STATE AS PART OF THE NCS’S ONGOING WAR AGAINST SMUGGLING.

ACCORDING TO OLORUKOOBA, THE SEIZED FAKE DRUGS INCLUDES 52 CARTONS OF EJACULATION POWDER MANPOWER, AMIPARA PLUS CAPSULE AND GONORRHOEA CAPSULE, AMONG OTHERS.

WHILE WARNING THAT HIS TEAM WOULD NOT RELENT IN THEIR EFFORTS TO ENSURE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SMUGGLING AS THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK ASSIDUOUSLY TO BLOCK ALL THE NOOK AND CRANNY EXPLORED BY SMUGGLERS, THE CUSTOMS COORDINATOR SAID THE INTERCEPTION AND THE ARRESTS DEMONSTRATES THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH INVESTMENT THE SMUGGLERS MAKE ON CONTRABAND ITEMS, IT WOULD EVENTUALLY TURN A WASTE.