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100 billion probe: NECSO’s, VYO’s pass vote of confidence on NEDC

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100 billion probe: NECSO’s, VYO’s pass vote of confidence on NEDC

100 billion probe: NECSOs,VYOs pass vote of confidence on NEDC

Members of the coalition of North East Civil Society Organisations (NECSOs) and Voluntary Youth Organisations (VYOs) have passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the North East Development Commission(NEDC).

The members passed the resolution during a World press conference held in Abuja on Monday

The NECSO’s and VYO’s were led by Comrade Adam President Northern Youth Association of Nigeria (NYAN) and Comrade Haruna Abdulsallam Conference of Civil Society Organization (CCSO)

They group called on the National Assembly to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for misleading the general public by alleging that N100 billion was misappropriated and diverted from the North East Development Commission (NEDC) within one year of its existence.

They particularly enjoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndidi Elumelu, who moved the resolution for the probe of the NEDC, to equally publish an apology letter in one of the reputable national dailies.

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Comrade Adam said Elumelu’s action had created unnecessary, avoidable confusion and distraction on the attention of the leadership of the commission with a malicious allegation against the organization.

We believe that NEDC has performed credibly well and still contributing immensely to infrastructural and socioeconomic development of the north east region.”group said

“The coalition described the action of the lawmaker as a smear campaign against the Commission and to the north east which according to them will eventually fail in its entirety

“We wish to emphasize, categorically,that the resolution was also an attempt to smear and dent the image of the commission’s leadership and by extension the north, despite the fact that the commission. had performed beyond expectations, the group said

They appeal to legislators to concentrate their energy in their constitutional role of law making and oversight functions, to enhance transparency and accountability in governance

“They also emphasized that the management of NEDC has maintained a harmonious relationship with the House of Representatives Committee on North East Development Commission.

They added that when the allegation came up, the leadership of the commission approached the law makers and admonished them to quickly investigate the lingering issue to ensure that Nigerians have first hand information about how the commission is been manage .

“Our investigation has revealed that the NEDC never receive or get up to N100 billion allocation, since its inception to date and wonder how the NEDC spent what it doesn’t have.

“Comrade Haruna Abdulsalam elaborated that the NEDC was inaugurated in May 2019 and did not get funding or allocation till in November, 2019.

“Members of the coalition collectively dismissed the allegation of high handedness in the process of contract award in the commission.

“We see these allegations as a direct attack on the leadership of the commission for their refusal to favour company of some law makers in the award of contract executed by the commission.

“It is on record that all the contracts awarded by the NEDC were subject to public procurement act and other due processes, with a view to upholding the anti-graft crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“The NEDC is an open commission, anybody can go to the organisation to verify the facts rather than resorting to blackmail and character assassination.

‘The NEDC operates TSA Account since its inception and all its funding pass through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“This clearly shows that all contract process and expenditure of the commission are subjected to the Governing Board of the commission which has the mandate to give all neccassary approval

” So we cannot imagine how somebody will unilaterally withdraw the sum of N5 billion to procure anything as alleged by the House of Representatives

“We are aware that in September 2019 during the North East Security Conference held in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, a communiqué was issued and one of the recommendations and resolutions of the security conference was that, the commission should assist to buy vehicles for the security agencies.

“This is to make their Job easier and enhance their operational efficiency.

“Our investigation reveals that a presentation was made and and the board approved, thereafter channeled to the appropriate procurement processes and eventually, vehicles were procured and distributed to the security agencies.

“The coalition, therefore, passe a vote of confidence on the management of the commission under the leadership of Alhaji Mohammad Goni Alkali who has been working tirelessly to ensure that the commission discharges its mandate effectively.

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Nasarawa State APC Chairman, Philip Shekwo Kidnapped and Murdered

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The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, Philip Tatari Shekwo, who was kidnapped last night has been murdered.

Mr Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police in the state, confirmed the death of the APC chairman to reporters on Sunday in Lafia. According to him, the body of Shekwo was found in an area near his house in Lafia on Sunday and corpse has been evacuated to the Dalhatu Araf specialist Hospital.

His body was found dumped few meters away from his private residence at Anguwar Bukan -Sidi in Lafia metropolis on Sunday morning.

Gistflash was gathered that the gunmen armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the chairman’s residence around 11: pm on Saturday, November 21.

They opened fire at the gate, forcing a policeman guarding the house to take cover and then went straight into Shekwolo’s bedroom and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

The spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the abduction to newsmen, said policemen were immediately deployed to the scene, adding that the police engaged the gunmen in a shoot out but they managed to escape with the victim.

No suspect has yet been arrested over the kidnapping or murder.

 

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Man Becomes Millionaire overnight after Meteor Worth Over £1.4m crashes his roof

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Man Becomes Millionaire overnight after Meteor Worth Over £1.4m crashes his roof

Man becomes instant millionaire after meteor worth more than ?1.4m crashes into his roof

A man’s life was changed in an instant when a five-pound meteor from outer space smashed through his roof and buried itself in his garden.

Josua Hutagalung ,33, was assembling a coffin when the 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite slammed into the earth next to his home and buried itself six inches deep.

As soon as word got out that Josua had the space rock – valued at £1.4 million – an expert raced to his home in Kolang, North Sumatra, to buy it from him.

He said: “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us.”

Gistflash gathered that the rock was still hot from its journey through the Earth’s atmosphere when Josua first touched it.

Man becomes instant millionaire after meteor worth more than ?1.4m crashes into his roof

His wife helped him dig the meteorite out of the ground with a hoe and they took it indoors.

“When I lifted it, the stone was still warm and I brought it into the house,” he told Kompas.

He added: “The sound was so loud that parts of the house were shaking too. And after I searched, I saw that the tin roof of the house had broken.”

After analysis, the meteorite was classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare find that carries the chemical building blocks believed to have seeded life in the early Solar system.

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Meteorite expert Jared Collins, who is based in Bali, was sent to secure the rare meteorite: “My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite.

“It was in the middle of the Covid crisis and frankly it was a toss-up between buying the rock for myself or working with scientists and collectors in the US.

“I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator.”

After doing a deal with Josua, Jared shipped the rock to the US, and it’s now in the collection of Jay Piatek, a doctor and meteorite collector from Indianapolis.

Josua, who has three sons, said he now plans to retire, but would also use some of the money that he got for his meteorite to build a church in his community.

“I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one,” he told The Sun.

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No helicopter was shot down in Borno today- Nigerian Air Force

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No helicopter was shot down in Borno today- Nigerian Air Force

No helicopter was shot down in Borno today- Nigerian Air Force says

 

The Nigeria Air Force has denied media reports that a helicopter was shot down by Boko Haram members in Borno state today, killing five persons.

According to Reports flying around online earlier today claiming members of the terrorist group shot down a helicopter in Banki, a community in Borno state leading to the death of the five passengers in the helicopter.

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Reacting via his Twitter handle, the Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the report is untrue.

”No helicopter was shot down. No helicopter crashed in Borno State today. A UN helicopter indeed undertook a mission to Banki & has since returned to Maiduguri”

No helicopter was shot down in Borno today- Nigerian Air Force says

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