The Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has dismissed the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal Government as a policy targeted at benefiting a few in the society at the detriment ordinary Nigerians.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has terminated the appointment of Chairman of the state Petroleum Monitoring Committee, Mr Soni Idahagbon for negligence and dereliction of duty.
General Ishola Williams (rtd) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to “replace the Ministry of Women Affairs with a Ministry of Family Affairs if the government is to effectively address the root causes of violence and Internally Displaced Persons in the North-east of Nigeria.”
* Extends deadline
Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is extending its Monday deadline for MTN Nigeria to pay a $5.2 billion fine but indicated it will not lower the amount for a company it accuses of routinely flouting regulations.
…Says corruption ‘ll be fought lawfully
SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed on Monday in Abuja that his administration would give full regard to due process and the rule of law in the prosecution of its war against corruption.
Buhari also stated that his administration was diligently building up its case against treasury looter preparatory to their arraignment in court.
Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church, President Buhari restated his commitment to recovering stolen funds, but stressed that the present administration’s efforts in this regard would be within the ambit of the law.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted President Buhari as saying: “Under military rule, people could be arrested and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a true democracy, anyone accused of an offense must be presumed innocent till pronounced guilty by a court of law.”
Buhari was also quoted in the statement as saying that his administration was diligently building up its case against those accused of stealing government funds, getting necessary evidence and facts, before formal charges are brought against them.
He congratulated the Foursquare Church in Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention which was concluded on Sunday, the statement said.
In his remarks, the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Felix Meduoye lauded the Buhari administration for its positive strides in the war against corruption and insurgency.
He said that the church will continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria, according to the statement by Adesina.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, on Monday, announced his resignation from Dangote Flour Mills following South Africa’s Tiger Brands funding withdrawal.
AHMED MARI, MAIDUGURI
Troops of the Nigerian Army yesterday arrested a Boko Haram kingpin one Mr John Trankil at Maiduguri cattle Market (Kasuwar Shanu) in Maiduguri metropolis.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has dismissed as a contrived distraction the alleged fraud in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the rumoured diversion of the TSA funds to bankroll elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
* Calls for creation of state police
* To reduce 6 months spending of President without appropriations
MUSA BABA AHMED, JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday advocated for the removal of sole authority in the appointment and removal of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP from the President and canvassed for the involvement of the National Assembly to ensure operational independence and command integrity.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday approved the sum 352, 973, 963.35 for the purchase of official cars 20 first term members of the assembly.