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BREAKING: Gov Ikpeazu sacks TIMAAS boss, LG chairmen of Umunneochi, Aba North and South,  Commissioner for Transport

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has approved the immediate suspension of the following

1. The General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS).

2. The Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area.

3. The Transition Committee Chairman of Aba North Local Government Area.

The Governor has also relieved the Commissioner of Transport, Barr. Ekele Nwaohammuo of his appointment as Honourable Commissioner.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Umuneochi LGA, Engr. Mathew Ibe has equally been relieved of his appointment.

The Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has also approved the appointment of the following as Commissioner Nominees;

1. Tony Nwanmuo

2. Godswill Nwonoruo

The Governor has also approved the appointment of Barr. Ezechikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman Nominee for Umuneochi Local Government Area.

The Deputy Chairmen of the affected Local Government Areas are to take over and together with their Heads of Service immediately set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices.

TIMASS taskforce is also to be setup to further check these excesses.

SIGNED:

Dr. A.C.B. Agbazuere
Chief of Staff to the Governor.

Group sues Buhari, Malami, over unpublished details of govt loans

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to order President Muhammadu Buhari to publish details of loans that have been obtained by the government since May 29, 2015.

These will also include the interest rate, the total amount of debts that have so far been incurred by the government, as well as details of the projects on which the loans have been spent.

Joined as respondents in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/785/2020 are Mr Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Ms Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; and Ms Patience Oniha Director-General of the Debt Management Office.

SERAP is seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians the names of countries and bodies that have given the loans, specific repayment conditions, and whether any public officers solicited and/or received bribes in the negotiations for any of the loans, and if there is plan to audit the spending of the loans, to resolve any allegations of mismanagement and corruption.”

The body is also asking the court to: “direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians if he would instruct the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor the spending of all loans obtained since May 2015.”

SERAP is arguing that: “Opacity in the spending of loans would continue to have negative impacts on the fundamental interests of citizens. Transparency would ensure that the loans are not diverted to private pockets, increase public trust that these loans would be used to benefit Nigerians, provide good value for money, and reassure Nigeria’s creditors.”

According to SERAP, “This suit is permitted under the Freedom of Information Act, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.”

SERAP is also arguing that: “While access to loans can provide indispensable resources, the mismanagement and squandering of any such resources would be counter-productive. Nigerians should no longer be made to repay debts incurred in their name but which have not benefited them in any manner, shape or form.”

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 30 May, 2020 to President Buhari, expressing “concerns that while governments since 1999 have borrowed money in the name of Nigeria and its citizens, much of the funds have reportedly been mismanaged, stolen or squandered, leaving the citizens with the burden of having to repay these loans.”

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Adelanke Aremo, read in part: “the massive and growing national debts have continued to have negative impacts on socio-economic development and on Nigerians’ access to public goods and services, including quality education, adequate healthcare, clean water, and regular electricity supply.

“SERAP is praying the court to hold that the interest of the public in publishing the information sought is far greater than any other interest President Buhari may be trying to preserve.

“Transparency and accountability in the spending details of all the loans that have so far been obtained by the government, and those obtained by previous administrations would mean that the loans can help Nigeria to overcome its acute development challenges, and reduce the possibility of mismanagement and corruption.

“SERAP is seeking an order to direct and compel President Buhari to disclose information on details of spending of loans obtained by successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999, list of countries and bodies that have given the loans, and specific conditions of repayment of the loans.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law.

“The Nigeria Government has signed on to the Open Government Partnership [OGP], and the country is a state party to the UN Convention against Corruption and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.”

It would be recalled that Buhari recently sought the National Assembly’s approval for a fresh loan of $5.513bn, reportedly to fund the 2020 budget deficit, critical projects, and support some states. The National Assembly also recently approved a N850 billion loan. Another loan of $22.79bn, had previously been approved by the National Assembly.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

BREAKING: Nigerian govt announces NECO, NCEE, NABTEB exam dates

The Federal Government says the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for SS3 pupils will commence on October 5.

The examination will end on November 18, 2020.

Also, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations will start on September 21.

It will end on October 15, 2020.

Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, announced the dates at the end of a two-day meeting with Chief Executives of examination bodies.

Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), Ben Goong, made the announcement.

Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Unity Colleges will hold on October 17, 2020.

The Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 pupils also conducted by NECO, will start on August 24 and end on September 7, 2020.

However, registration for the NECO (SSCE), which is on-going, will end on the 10 of September, 2020 with no option of extension.

BREAKING! Abia State PDP Chairman, Onuigbo Is Dead

Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abia State chapter, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, popularly known as Akinboard is dead.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that he died in the late hours of Monday after a brief illness.

A family source said the cause of his death is unknown.

He has been deposited at the mortuary.

More details to follow.

BREAKING: Fuel tanker explodes in Delta, killing many (PHOTOS)

About 20 persons have been reportedly burnt to death when a tanker carrying petroleum product exploded around Koko Junction section of the Benin/Saepele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident, according to sources, occurred around 11am on Wednesday when the tanker exploded.

It was gathered that the victims were burnt beyond recognition while no fewer than 10 vehicles were gutted by fire.

“The tanker carrying petroleum product was trying to escape a bad spot when it fell and suddenly exploded between Koko Junction and Ologbo section of the Benin/Warri in Delta State.

“More than 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition. About 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. The victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles.

“Officials of FRSC and security agencies are already here trying to remove the corpses. Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation”, a source eh witnessed the incident told our correspondent.

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BREAKING! POLICEMEN EXTORT N50,000 FROM YOUTH CORPERS WHO JUST PASSED OUT OF CAMP

Photos of police officers extorting ex-corp members of their last salary while coming home from their POP has surfaced

An ex-corp member has used his Twitter page to cry out for help telling the story of how police officers robbed him and his friend while coming down from their passing out parade ceremony (POP) held on Thursday.

The man who is an ex-corp member Obiora lamented on his page saying they were on their way to Onitsha from Enugu state where they just completed their mandatory one-year youth service.

The policemen stopped their vehicle at a checkpoint and accused them of being internet fraudsters requesting for a sum of N300,000, which was negotiated to N50,000.

New evidence has surfaced to back up this story as a Policeman was caught on camera counting a sum of N50,000 he allegedly extorted from some ex-corps members who were on their way home after the Passing out Parade held nationwide on Thursday.

Today, I experienced first hand the devils called “Nigerian police” @PoliceNG_CRU
I want you to carefully go through my tweet and help me get the money they robbed me of back.

I and my colleague were traveling from Enugu to Onitsha after our NYSC POP.
We got to a particular junction in Enugu ( Four corner) where there was a police checkpoint. My friend was driving ahead of me. The police asked him to pull over and waved me to pass but because we were together I had to pull over as well.

They asked for the particulars of his vehicle and his driver’s license which he provided and also told them he is an ex corper traveling back to his base after the POP. Immediately they labeled him an Internet fraudster and said they have been dealing with A lot of corpers plying same road who are internet fraudsters.

I got involved and asked the officer what he meant because I know my friend is a legit business guy who is a Betking agent. They refused and threatened to shoot at us if we do anything silly.

Like making calls and all. We stayed cool and asked them why they were harassing us and they said they can’t repeat themselves because they are sure we are internet fraudsters ( now they included me because I had to know what the problems was)

The next thing they told us was if we knew what we want to do in Anambra is that important, we should give them 300k and then go our way! That left us in awe and with the question of what did we do? By then they had seized the key to my friend’s car and threatened to shoot and make a mess of us if we did anything silly. We had no option than to bargain with them and they directed us to a POS where we did a cashback of 50k for them. That was the last money in my account and I have to get that money back

BREAKING! MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu loses grandmum

Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu has lost his grandmother, Ezinne Rebecca Nwanyianoruo Anyadiegwu (Mmiri Nma) to the cold hands of death.

In a social media announcement sent to our news email, Comrade Madu stated that the grand old lady was 90 years old when she passed on.

Below is the full announcement:

“With a heavy heart, I announce the death of my grandmother, Late Ezinne Rebecca Nwanyianoruo Anyadiegwu (Mmiri Nma) of the family of Nlewedum Anyadiegwu of Umuobasi, Umuehihe, Amuda Isuochi, Umunneochi Local Government Area, Abia state.

“She died at the age of 90 years after a brief illness. Left to mourn her demise are her children, relations, Umuehihe community of Amuda village in Isuochi and other wells wishers.

“Late Ezinne Rebecca Nwanyianoruo Anyadiegwu was a woman community leader who positively effected the lives of fellow women in progressive economic stability, Christian religious standards and Institute traditional respect for their husbands.

“She will be buried soon as burial arrangements are concluded.

Signed,

Comrade Uchenna Madu
Leader (MASSOB)