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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked all ambassadors appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

They were recalled home Friday night by Buhari after three years of service abroad.

Topping the list of the disengaged envoys are a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe (Canada); Chairman of the Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2011 election, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida (UK); Professor Ade Adefuye (USA); widow of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Bianca (Spain); and former deputy governor of Oyo State, Mr. Taofeek Arapaja (Jordan).

Others include, a former aviation minister, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze (Switzerland); ex-General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, Mr. Yemi Farounbi (Philippines); a one-time governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Mr. Olatokunbo Kamson (Jamaica); a PDP front liner in Ondo State, Mr. Cornelius Oluwateru (UAE); Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Bunu (Saudi Arabia); a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Benue State, Mr. Chive Kaave (Argentina); a former financial secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Tukur Mani (Iran); and former permanent secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi (Namibia).

Also on the list are: Chief Asam Asam (SAN), (Russia); Mr. Okwudili Nwosu (Burundi); Mr. Okeke Chukwuemeka (Vatican); Mr. Eric Aworahbi (Italy); Dauda Danladi (Pakistan); and Mrs. Katherine Okon (Czeck Republic); Mr. Nwofe Alexander; Princess Victoria Bosede Onipede (Republic of Congo); Senator Haruna Garba (Kuwait); Mrs. Nonye Rajis-Okpara (Singapore); Chief Eddy Onuoha (Hungary); Mr. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim (Syria); Dr. Sam Jimba (Poland)
They were among the 93 envoys posted out in June 2012.

Nation reports that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had communicated the President’s directive to the affected ambassadors.

They were told to hand over to the highest ranking officer in their various locations.

According to a source: “the President has issued a directive to the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs to recall all the political appointees currently serving as ambassadors in all parts of the world. It doesn’t matter whether they have just few months to the end of their tenure”.

“I am sure the envoy in Saudi Arabia is already on his way and quite many others should be reporting to the ministry by Monday. I really don’t have a comprehensive list of the number of people that are affected but they were posted in different continents mostly in key European, Asian and American countries,” the source said.

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A former Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and founder of Latter Rain Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare have been delegated to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari on his three-day visit to Washington DC, United State on July 20.

Others include, five state governors, Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo State) and two others.

Saharareporters reports that the five governors are separate from an 18-man delegation made up of top aides and political associates of the President.

According to the report, Amaechi, Bakare and former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Adamu will be on the Presidential delegation.

In addition to these delegates, President Buhari will bring along top civil servants, representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser, and representatives from economic policy and foreign affairs think tanks.

The three-day visit is expected to discuss ways of partnering with the United States to defeat Boko Haram and explore ways of combating corruption in Nigeria.

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Access Bank Plc has emerged winner of the Best Flow House in Africa accolade in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2015, which held at the Natural History Museum in London yesterday.

It is the first time an African bank would be recognised as winner of this highly sought-after award. Access Bank’s win comes in recognition of the bank’s increasing transaction flows across Africa, particularly its dominance in the Nigerian financial markets

According to Euromoney, the Best Flow House award is given to honour firms that have demonstrated an ability to excel across the region in the key areas of foreign exchange, equities, rates and credit. The winning firm must also have shown commitment to providing liquidity and pricing in all market conditions. Also, such firm would have shown leadership in developing and integrating technology into its sales and trading businesses, as well as the importance of research.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the group managing director of Access Bank Plc, Mr Herbert Wigwe said, “We are delighted to be presented with this highly coveted award. This is in recognition of our regional expertise and our continuing ability to provide customised currency and fixed income solutions to our customers across Africa.”

Source: Leadership ng

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The South-East caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to set the machinery in motion towards repositioning the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the PDP governors in the zone would join hands in rebuilding the party.

Governor Ugwuanyi stated this in an address on the occasion of an interactive session with the PDP Post-Election Review Committee at Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu.

The governor described the session as apt as it would enable the PDP family gather and review its performance after the general election in
which the party admittedly performed below expectation to the teeming supporters and faithfuls.

According to Governor Ugwuanyi, the interactive session would afford
members of the party opportunity to thoroughly examine all factors and
circumstances that led to the situation the party found itself with a view to moving it forward.

He expressed happiness that members of the committee, led by Senator Ahmed
Markarfi, would do an excellent job to guide the party.

The state chief executive assured the committee members that in Enugu
State that PDP remains as strong as ever, having scored hundred percent in the contest for all positions in the recent elections.

He assured that the state would not rest on her oars, but would continue to consolidate on existing enviable position.

In his works, “as a matter of fact, the PDP in Enugu State has already commenced preparations for the 2019 elections”.

In a brief remark, the leader of PDP Post-Election Review Committee, Senator Ahmed Markarfi noted that reform does not come easily, adding
that each segment of the party would be heard and ideas collected with a view to revamping the party.

Also speaking, the PDP Chairman South East zone, Colonel Austin Akobundu recalled that since 1999 that South East PDP has been in
control of the zone, adding that the party in the zone did not perform badly in the recent general election in the country.

The Chairman observed that there was a need for the repositioning of the party for
greater challenges ahead, adding that the party was desirous to take total control in 2019.

He opined that in nominating candidate for further elections, there was a need to be careful with the process to deepen democracy.
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A federal court has ordered a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, accused of fraud, remanded in prison custody in Kano till September 28.
The former governor was arraigned on Thursday alongside his children for receiving N1.35 billion kickback from a government contractor.

The former governor was arraigned on Thursday alongside his children for receiving N1.35 billion kickback from a government contractor.

The money was allegedly paid into accounts controlled by the governor and his sons.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is accusing the four suspects of money laundering, amongst other charges.
They were due for arraignment Wednesday, but the court appearance was rescheduled to Thursday (today).
Security was stepped up around the court vicinity in Kano ahead of the hearing Thursday.
Delivering a ruling, Justice Evelyn Anyadike ordered that the four accused persons be remanded in a Kano Prison Custody because the EFCC said they lacked enough facilities to accommodate them.
She rejected the pleas of defence counsel, Effiong Effiong, SAN, that the accused be kept at EFCC custody, saying the commission had complained of inadequate facilities.
Twenty eight-count charge bordering on a number of alleged breach of trust by Sule Lamido, Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido and one Aminu Wada Abubakar, was read in court.
They pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.
The case involved N1.351 billion.
The judge ruled that the accused persons be remanded pending the hearing of their bail applications.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Mr. Effiong, had argued that remanding the accused persons in prison would amount to trampling on their fundamental human rights.
He pleaded they be sent to either of EFCC facilities in Abuja or Kano.
However, the counsel to the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, objected to the plea, saying EFCC facilities were full to capacity both in Kano and Abuja.
The case was adjourned to September 28 for ruling on bail applications.
There was pandemonium in court between those supporting Mr. Lamido and those against him, leading the police to fire teargas canisters into the air to disperse the crowd.
Mr. Lamido, his sons and Mr. Abubakar are accused of using their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds.
PREMIUM TIMES had in 2014 reported how a construction firm, Dantata and Sawoe, paid N1.3 billion as 10 percent kickback for contracts it won, into accounts owned by the governor and his sons.
It also showed how, between 2007, when Mr. Lamido assumed office, and 2014, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion.
The state government made payments for the contracts to the construction firm through five banks – Zenith, Access, Diamond, Sterling and UBA.
Within the same period, according to a probe of the transactions by the EFCC, Dantata and Sawoe paid out over N1.3 billion into the accounts of companies in which the governor and his sons had interest.
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A features editor with Thisday newspapers, Adeola Akinremi reportedly received a threat mail from members of the insurgency group, Boko Haram over his anti-Boko Haram articles. Akinremi received the threat mail in May after his visit to Adamawa state to investigate the plight of Internally Displaced Persons and the activities of the sect in the state. Akinremi afterwards wrote a piece titled, Why Boko Haram don’t deserve our amnesty?.

See a  copy of the threat mail signed by one Abu Musab Abul-Barnawi and exclusively obtained by The Cable after the cut…

    “We have seen your hand against us . Inshallah you will die like other infidels that we captured. You have been joining our enemies. You are made yourself their mouth [sic] but we will get you insha Allah. This is a holy mission for Allah, so stop writing against us. “You’re going too Michika calling yourself a brave journalist, but you’re a coward. We will get you. Its your government that talks amnesty, we are not looking for amnesty. Allah is with us. You’re now a walking dead and a prey to the Lions of Islam from the bullet of a passing car or a nearby rooftop. “We are not asking you to repent, because of your error, we will use your blood to send warning to others. Those people from America and Europe that are using you against our mission will soon know the truth. Our wounded fighters will never give up. they will return to fight for Allah to get their reward. Your soldier will soon know the truth.”

Thisday has suffered attacks from the sect in the past. In April 2012, the Abuja and Kano office of the media house came under attacks from Boko Haram.
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Nasir El-Rufai Kaduna State governor, has banned hawking and begging on the streets in the state.

due to tuesday morning’s deadly bomb explosion on the Sabon Gari Local Government Secretariat, which left no fewer than 47 people dead.

The media aide to the governor, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement said: “All beggars and hawkers are to stay off the streets until further notice. Any beggar or hawker found on the streets will be arrested until these measures are relaxed”.

The statement quoted El-Rufai as calling on the people of the state to be vigilant and security conscious just as he urged them to report all suspicious persons and movements to security agencies.
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Justice Mohammed Yinusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos today July 8, 2015 convicted four companies associated with former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani and ordered that their properties be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The four companies are Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Cosmo FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited and Renaissance University Teaching Hospital

The companies had on May 19, 2015 pleaded guilty to a 10-count amended charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The companies are alleged to have failed to comply with lawful inquiry made by the Commission.

At today’s sitting, counsel to the EFCC Kelvin Uzozie prayed the court to make an order of final forfeiture of the companies based on their plea.

Justice Yinusa after reviewing the facts convicted the companies and made an order of final forfeiture of their assets to the Federal Government, citing provision of the EFCC Establishment Act on Final Forfeiture.

The properties are located across the five states in the South East geopolitical zone.

Among them are 22 Duplex buildings in Ebeano Under Tunnel Estate now known as Fidelity Estate; Renaissance University Teaching Hospital; Cosmos 105.5 FM Digital Station (Ceuna Communications); and Capital City Automobile Limited, located at 12 Station Road, GRA, Enugu.

Also forfeited to the Federal Government include properties of Hill Gate Investment – Plot No H12, H13, H14, H15, H21`, H116, H188, Plot 10, Plot H11, Plot H16, Plot H17, Plot H18, Plot 19, Plot H20, Plot H49, Plot H50, Plot H117, CP/4 (HCR2), CP5 (HCR2) CP/6(HCR2) CP/7 (HCR2) CP/8.

The assets also include several undeveloped properties/plots of land of Rainbownet Nigeria Limited in Enugu, Abakaliki, Aba, Owerri, Onitsha, Awka and Umuahia.

Properties of Rainbownet Communication which include BTS, Microwave Avenue Radio, Rectifiere, and a host of the equipment in various sites in Anambra States are also to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Aside the landed properties, over N35 million from the frozen bank accounts of the companies are also to the forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Uzozie who is pleased with the ruling of the court said the Commission had to sought for a separate trial of the companies as the first accused person, former governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani had stalled proceedings on the matter on account of frequent application to travel abroad for medical treatment on grounds of ill-health.

Chimaroke Nnamani alongside Sunday Anyaogu, his then aide and six firms linked to them: Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Hillgate Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School were first arraigned before Justice Tijani Abubakar in 2007.

The case was re-assigned to Justice Charles Archibong following the transfer of Justice Abubakar, now of the Appeal Court, out of the Lagos division of the Federal High Court. Again, the case was re-assigned to Justice Yinusa, after Justice Archibong (now retired) was also transferred out of the Lagos division of the court.

According to the charge, Nnamani conspired with other accused persons to launder funds from the state treasury, especially monies meant for the local government areas of Enugu State.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package of over N400bn for the payment of workers’ salaries in the country.

According to a recent report of the Nigeria Labour Congress Task Force, 18 states are owing employees salary arrears of at least six months.

The debtor states include; Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kogi. Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara.
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The Nigerian military have reportedly taken over the security of the Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra, as a result of the relocation of Boko Haram prisoners to the facility.

Punch Newspapers reports that security operations in the Federal Government facility are no longer being carried out by the officials of the Nigeria Prison Service alone.

As a result of the reputation and notoriety of the Boko Haram detainees, the military has moved in to support the officials of the facility.

Armed military personnel were reportedly sighted, manning various strategic locations around the prison.

Residents of the host communities of the prison, have also been affected by the development, as they are now compulsorily frisked and searched before allowed passage in and around the area.
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