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Politics / Bandits Release 4 Kidnapped Victims As ‘Sallah Gift’ To Katsina Community by Mecka: 7:52am
Bandits have released six from a group of 28 people they had been holding for 67 days, saying they released four of them as Sallah gifts to their community in Katsina State .

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the outlaws in May killed a local businessman, kidnapped 28 residents and rustled several cattle in Batsari town.

But local sources said the bandits on Friday evening communicated that they would release a woman and her son after her husband, Umar Tukur, paid them N2.5 million as ransom.

However, a resident, Misbahu Batsari, said “when they were to release Hussaina Umar and her son, they decided to select four out of the remaining people in captivity and sent them as a Sallah gift to the people of the community.”

Mr Batsari, who is a journalist, said the victims had been taken to the hospital for medical check-up.

He, however, said the victims released are from the same house, noting that the community had no clue why the bandits acted that way.

“They (the released victims) look very tired and frustrated.

They told us how heartless the kidnappers are. An infant, who was kidnapped alongside his mother, died in the kidnappers’ den.”

Hussaina’s husband, Mr Tukur, declined to comment on the development.

“What matters is my wife and son have come back to me,” he told our reporter.

The police spokesperson in the state, Gambo Isa, said he had issued a statement on the ‘rescue’ of those kidnapped but added that he had no information “about the release of those six people”.

The four people “sent as Sallah gifts” include, Marwanatu Bello, Zainab Bello, Yakubu Bello and Muhammad Bello.


Politics / Navy Releases Impounded Vessel To Owner In Delta by Mecka: 8:59am On Jul 24
The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta has handed over MV Platform Care I vessel to its owner, Blut Logistics Limited.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the impounded vessel was released to the owner on Friday at the Naval Base, Warri, sequel to directives from the Naval headquarters.

NAN also reports that the Executive Officer, NNS Delta, Cdr. Levi Deyin, signed the release on behalf of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, and Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Abdulhamid Baba-Inna.

The vessel was confiscated by the Navy in February 2020, following alleged failure to have proper documents of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

Addressing the representatives of Blut Logistics Ltd., Deyin stressed the need for operators to always have their relevant documents during operations.

“In line with naval headquarters’ directive to release Platform Care l to the owners, I, Cdr. L. D. Deyin, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta, hand over the vessel to you.

“You are warned to always obtain necessary documents for your activities,” Deyin told representatives of the company.

NAN also reports that the vessel was released to representatives of the company in the presence of Sub-Lt. Richard Oluwaferanmi, Officer-in-charge of NIMASA Central Zone.

Politics / Re: 200-year-old Taraba Culture Resurfaces; Steals Show At Sallah by Mecka: 4:46pm On Jul 23
May our culture live long
Politics / 200-year-old Taraba Culture Resurfaces; Steals Show At Sallah by Mecka: 2:21pm On Jul 23
THE colourful “Jibu Culture”, which is held in high esteem by the natives of the area, became the cynosure of this week’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration in
Taraba State, bringing the rich cultural heritage of the people into limelight and giving the people something to cheer about.

The 200-year-old festival, which is a source of pride to the Jibu Chiefdom, is indigenous to Bali Local Government Area of the state, which plays host to various tribes within and outside the state.

The colourful event, which attracted sons and daughters of Jibu-Jukun from all walks of life, effectively brought the local government area to a
standstill as the natives assembled to celebrate this year’s Sallah, plan for their development and share ideas of the socio-economic wellbeing.

But because of its allure and panache, attendance was not limited to the Jibu people, but admirers of the Jibu
Culture from the Tiv, Wurbo, Mumuye, Fulani, and Yoruba, among other tribes, were actively present.

Then came the show of the day: The lavish display of the Jibe culture by men, women and children in classy
performance involving choreographed and rhythmic dances, songs and fanciful movements that got the crowds enthralled in the hot sun that shone brilliantly.

But the spectacular performances put up by the dancers and drummers made the heat bearable as everyone requested for more dances and music from the ensemble.

The dance steps were uniformed just as the drummers drummed in unison, throwing the audience into ecstasy. Their colourful traditional attires also
matched with the mood of the festivity.

Speaking to Arewa Voice on the sideline of the event, the Chairman of Bali LGA, Musa Mahmud, explained
that the Jibu people who are part of the Jukun have been celebrating the festivity for over 200 years.

Mahmud said: “This event is celebrated yearly and we are happy it coincided with this year’s Eid-el-Kabir
celebration. As you have observed, it brought together adherents of various religions who are sons and daughters of Jibu from within and outside the country.

We also had in attendance other ethnic nationalities in the state, who came here to felicitate with us.

“We use this forum to discuss different issues concerning us and to cement our relationship with other ethnic groups. We don’t intend to stop this but hope to improve on it so that the state’s economy can benefit from this.

The name ‘Taraba’ as we all know
emanated from Bali LGA and we are seeing this annual celebration as a means to draw tourists from within and outside the country.”

The paramount ruler of Jibu Chiefdom (Kuru Jibu), His Royal Highness Abubakar Mahmud, appreciated those
who attended the cultural event and expressed joy that the festival drew a massive crowd to the area.

“We are a peaceful people and the significance of this event is to further cement our relationship with other
tribes. We are also grateful to Governor Darius Ishaku who has been a custodian of peaceful coexistence
across the state.

“It is evident that the atmosphere of peace is what we are enjoying in Bali LGA and we want this to continue,” the royal father said.

Politics / Yobe To Drill Boreholes In All Fire Stations, Receives New Firefighting Truck by Mecka: 4:02am On Jul 22
Yobe state Governor and National Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the ruling All Progressives
Congress APC, Job. Mai Mala Buni, has disclosed plans by his administration to drill boreholes in all fire stations across the state in order to boost the capacity of the fire service to respond effectively to emergencies.

Gov. Buni of Yobe who disclosed this Thursday in Damaturu, the state capital, when he received a modern firefighting truck from the Federal Fire Service FFS, added that the truck will boost emergency response services in the state.

Represented by his deputy, Idi Gubana, the governor said the firefighting truck will be effective in complementing the state government’s efforts.

“The new firefighting vehicles will no doubt complement our efforts in curbing the damages of fire incidents.

Plans are ongoing to drill boreholes at fire service stations across the state.

“There is also the procurement of 27 trucks, one ambulance and firefighting equipment as well as the renovation of the state fire service department office,” he said.

He stated that with the establishment of a new market in the state, firefighting vehicles and equipment were essential facilities for safer economic activities.

Mala -Buni however, requested for collaboration between the FFS and the states to foster training and retraining of fire men.

“Such partnership could further equip our fire fighting workers with modern ideas in the discharge of their duties,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Controller General of Fire, Dr Ibrahim Alhaji Liman said the deployment had become necessary following the constant threat from terrorists and insurgents to the state.

“Fire havoc like the above factors has the potential of threatening the physical well-being of the population
thereby destabilizing economic growth. The deployment of this truck was influenced by the Senate
President, Sen Ahmad Lawan to improve firefighting and rescue in the state.

“Firefighting is the responsibility of all, hence the need for a robust collaboration between the Federal and state governments,” he said.

Liman requested for “sponsorship of state fire service personnel in local and foreign trainings in view of emerging firefighting trends.

“Inclusion of the FFS in the State Security Council and strengthening of the state fire service through
recruitment of capable hands.

“Welfare enhancement package for fire personnel to the paramilitary salary structure.”

The CG urged the state government to invest in sponsorship of personnel on trainings and upgrade of salary structure.

Emir of Damaturu, Alh. Shehu Hashimi said the deployment was a milestone in the state.

“We consider this as a development that will add to the effective running of fire service in the state. It is one of my responsibilities to give enlightenment to my people and get them informed of this new equipment”, he stated.



Politics / ANAMBRA: Aguleri/ Umuleri In Renewed Boundary Dispute by Mecka: 6:53pm On Jul 21
There is a renewed land dispute between Aguleri and Umuleri, both in Anambra East local government area, with a 95-year old man, Elder Nnake Chibuzo leading his Ikenga Umueri community in a protest against Aguleri.

The two communities have been engaged in a protracted land dispute that led to the loss of hundreds of lives and property worth millions of naira 20 years ago.

Umuleri people, under the umbrella of Ikenga Umueri Progressive Union (IUPU) accused their neighbours of taking advantage of the government in power to coarse it into changing its identity and ancient ancestral route because their brother is the governor of the state.

The state government had on January 16, 2021,instituted a panel of inquiry to find immediate and remote causes of the crisis and identify, determine and demarcate the boundaries between both communities.

The panel reportedly handed over function to traditional rulers of both communities who were members of the panel. The monarchs later came up with resolutions, which the aggrieved community was not comfortable with.

Chairman of the union, Chief Frank Ibegbunam said the entire resolutions of the Council of Traditional Rulers were rejected by the town as none of its members, aside from him, was part of the

He alleged that their monarch, Sir Ben Emeka acted unilaterally without the consent and approval of the people of the community and rightful owners of the land and urged the boundary committee and the state government to discountenance the said resolution.

He called on both federal and state governments to ensure the implement the white paper and court judgement for peace to be restored in the area.

Ibegbunam said: “This matter has been a torn on our flesh and torture to our brains. We had thought the governor, who is almost eight years in office, would have addressed this matter earlier than now.

“When the panel was set up, we were happy, thinking it would be fair and firm in view of the caliber of its members. But we lost confidence in the process when politics came into it. Even the five monarchs couldn’t intervene. Instead, we saw a stampede playing out.

“It’s unfortunate that we have not got a government that has the willpower to address the matter. Despite our documentary evidence to prove ownership of our property, our neighbors use a game plan to change our identity.”

“The implementation of a white paper concerning the matter will bring everlasting peace to both communities.

Government should also prevail on our representative in the National Assembly and other money bags in our local government to stop causing problems between us.”

European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: Official Chelsea Fan Thread: Champions Of Europe 2021 by Mecka: 5:02pm On Jul 21
Did you guys see how falcons were disgraced and insulted on a bus in austria for representing Nigeria. cc airmark
Politics / NNPC Provides Insight Into Alleged N3.8trn Under-remittance From Crude Oil Sales by Mecka: 2:40pm On Jul 20
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has explained issues involving the alleged under-remittance of
N3.8 trillion from crude oil sales to the Federation Account between January and December 2015.

The Senate had Wednesday, faulted the NNPC over alleged under-remittance of N3.8 trillion revenue from domestic crude
oil sales to the Federation Account during the period and urged it to desist from further deduction at source, as the
practice contravened Section 162(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

It also mandated the Federation Account’s Allocation Committee, FAAC or any other approving authority to urgently approve an agreed percentage which should be allocated to NNPC monthly, as the operational cost to prevent its operations from being affected adversely.

But in a document sent to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, sighted by Vanguard, the
Corporation explained that the allegation was resolved by a Forensic Audit carried out by the Ministry of Finance in 2015
which showed a net indebtedness in favour of NNPC.

It also stated that the amount allegedly under-remitted is the applicable subsidy and unrealised revenue from petroleum
products sales and other operational costs for the period.

The Corporation which gave a breakdown of the N3.8 trillion to include: the PPPRA Certified Subsidy (2012-November 2015) N2,439,439,859,459,982.00, Validated and Approved NNPC Claims (2004 – 2009) N797,710,684,354.00, Crude Oil and Products Losses (2012-November 2015)
N245,184,597,565.65, and Pipeline Maintenance Cost (2012-November 2015) N409,985,574,539.86, attributed the
misunderstanding to the non-incorporation of the claims into the Accountant-General of the Federation’s report even though
they had been validated by Forensic Auditors and the Auditor-General of the Federation.

It further stated: “Subsidies are operational costs as set out in the NNPC Act Section 7(d) which does not contradict the 1999 Constitution Section 80 (1) and Section 162 (1)”.

Sources at the NNPC disclosed that the management is well disposed to the proposal by the Senate to approve a certain percentage of revenues for it as cost of collection as is the case with the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR in readiness for full deregulation.

Nevertheless, in April 2021, NNPC, had in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, disclosed that despite challenges, it would continue to remit funds to the Federation Account.

NNPC had in a letter to the Accountant General of the Federation warned that it would not make any remittance to the Federation Account Allocation Committee in the month of May after spending N111.966 billion to subsidize petrol
consumption in March.

However, Obateru had clarified that, “the revenue projection contained in the letter to the Accountant-General of the Federation being cited in the media pertains only to the Federation revenue stream being managed by the Corporation
and not a reflection of the overall financial performance of the Corporation.

“NNPC maintained that “it is conscious of its role and was doing everything possible to shore up revenues and support the federation at all times.

“The shortfall will be remedied by the Corporation as it relates only to the Federation revenue stream being managed by the NNPC and does not reflect the overall financial performance of
the Corporation.

“The NNPC remains in positive financial trajectory for the period in question,” Obateru stated.

He said NNPC would continue to pursue and observe “its cost optimisation process with a view to maximizing remittances to
the Federation Account.”

Politics / Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture Of N1.3billion To FG by Mecka: 1:47am On Jul 20
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has obtained an order of the Sokoto State High Court for the permanent forfeiture of about N1.3billion said to have been traced to the
bank account of one Aishatu Magaji.

The anti-graft agency said in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, that the money was part of the proceeds of illicit activities.

Although the commission did not give the particulars of the alleged criminal activities, it said the court issued the order of final forfeiture on Monday following the court’s earlier July 2, 2021 order of interim forfeiture.

Mr Uwujaren said the commission had, in line with the July 2, 2021 order, published the interim forfeiture order in a newspaper for anyone with interest in the money to show cause why it should not be permanently forfeited to the federal

He said when the case came up in court on Monday, the lawyers to the five respondents including the person in whose account the money was discovered
did not oppose EFCC’s application for its permanent forfeiture to the government.

Read the full statement

EFCC Press Release

Court Orders Final Forfeiture of N1.3bn to FG

Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court today Monday July 19, 2021 granted a final Order, forfeiting the sum of N1, 362,675,353.56
(One Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Two Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Three Naira, Fifty Six Kobo) to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Judge had on July 2, 2021 granted an interim order of forfeiture of the said amount following an exparte application by the commission and directed that the order be published in a national newspaper for any one with interest in the said asset to show cause, why it should not be finally forfeited the Federal Government of Nigeria.

At today’s (Monday’s) hearing, counsel to the EFCC, S. H Sa’ad informed the Court that the Commission had complied with its order for the publication of the interim Order and urged the Court to Order the final forfeiture of the said amount to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Counsel to the five respondents, Shamsu Dauda, did not oppose the application. Justice Mohammed consequently ordered the final forfeiture of the sum to the Federal Government.

The Sokoto Zonal Office of the EFCC had through intelligence traced the funds, suspected to be proceeds of illicit activities to the account of the first
respondent, Aishatu Bandado Magaji domiciled in a new generation bank.

The respondents in the charge are Aishatu Bandado Magaji, First Ninety Degrees Continental Ltd, Priceless Legacy Hub Ltd, ABM International Ltd and Zenith Bank Plc.
Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
19 July, 2021
Politics / Private Israeli Malware Used To Spy On Journalists, Activists And Politicians by Mecka: 4:19pm On Jul 19
Activists, journalists and politicians around the world have been spied on using cellphone malware developed by a private Israeli firm, reports said Sunday, igniting fears of widespread privacy and rights abuses.

The use of the software, called Pegasus and developed by Israel’s NSO group, was reported on by the Washington Post, the Guardian, Le Monde and other news outlets who collaborated on an
investigation into a data leak.

The leak was of a list of up to 50,000 phone numbers believed to have been identified as people of interest by clients of NSO since 2016, the reports said.

Not all of those numbers were subsequently hacked, and the news outlets with access to the leak said more details about those who were compromised would be released in coming days.

Among the numbers on the list are those of journalists for media organizations around the world including Agence France-Presse, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Times, Al Jazeera,
FRANCE 24, Radio Free Europe, Mediapart, El País, the Associated Press, Le Monde, Bloomberg, the Economist, Reuters and Voice of America, the Guardian said.

The use of the software to hack the phones of Al- Jazeera reporters and a Moroccan journalist has been reported previously by Citizen Lab, a research
center at the University of Toronto, and Amnesty International.

Among the numbers found on the list were two belonging to women close to Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by a Saudi hit squad in 2018.

The list also included the number of a Mexican freelance journalist who was later murdered at a carwash. His phone was never found and it was not clear if it had been hacked.

The Washington Post said numbers on the list also belonged to heads of state and prime ministers, members of Arab royal families, diplomats and politicians, as well as activists and business executives.

The list did not identify which clients had entered the numbers on it. But the reports said many were clustered in 10 countries — Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian wrote that the investigation suggests “widespread and continuing abuse” of Pegasus, which NSO says is intended for use against criminals and terrorists.

Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based media non-profit organisation, initially had access to the leak, which they then shared with media organisations.

NSO, a leader in the growing and largely
unregulated private spyware industry, has
previously pledged to police for abuses of its software.

It called the allegations exaggerated and baseless, according to The Washington Post, and would not confirm its clients’ identities.

Citizen Lab reported in December that dozens of journalists at Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network had their mobile communications intercepted by sophisticated electronic surveillance.

Amnesty International reported in June of last year that Moroccan authorities used NSO’s Pegasus software to insert spyware onto the cellphone of Omar Radi, a journalist convicted over a social media post.

Politics / Airtel Yet To Renew Licence – NCC by Mecka: 12:10pm On Jul 19
The Nigerian Communications
Commission (NCC) says it is yet to renew Airtel’s Mobile Operating Licence.

Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, made this known in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja.

According to him, the attention of the NCC was drawn to a recent statement on an online publication, credited to the Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating licence of Airtel had been renewed by the Commission, for another period of 10 years.

“Mr Ogunsanya was said to have made the statement while speaking in Lagos on July 14, 2021, during the media launch of Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, ‘Touching Lives 6”.

Mr Adinde said the Commission stated that while Airtel Nigeria had applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service (UASL) License granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved, adding that it is undergoing required regulatory process.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mr Ogunsanya, at the launch of ‘Airtel Touching Lives Season 6’ on Wednesday in Lagos, noted that Airtel earned a ‘Social License’ through its commitment to
empowering and uplifting people and making positive and lasting impact on lives of its stakeholders.

Celebrities / Actress Lilian Afegbai Acquires Range Rover 2020 by Mecka: 11:39am On Jul 19

Nollywood Actress and producer, Lilian Afegbai has acquired a 2020 Range Rover. T
Lilian stepped out with the SUV over the weekend.

Celebrities / How You Can Love Two Men At Same Time ―uche Nwaefuna by Mecka: 11:15am On Jul 18
Beautiful Nollywood actress, Uche Nwaefuna is popularly known as Uche Montana is a drop-dead-gorgeous who may very well be any man’s object of
daydreams as well as his nightmares depending on how your luck turns out with her. In a rather brisk chat with Potpourri she affirms that a woman can truly love two men at the same time and equally too
when asked the question.

“Yes, it is very possible for a woman to equally love two men at the same time. I believe she would be in love with two different genuine things about them,” she had answered briskly and declined to speak further on the issue.

However, in another separate interview, the actress who broke her acting duck in a movie titled “Poison Ivy” and made a name for herself in a series titled “Hush” explained her kind of man.

“I like a man who is kind, patient, and ambitious. I love a man that is always willing to talk things through and is constantly working towards being better. I love a man that yearns for success as much as I do. I love a man who is soft-spoken, compassionate, loves kids and can bring me out of my bad moods. Also, I love a man that has money,” she

Politics / Only 50% Of Polling Units Have 3G Network To Transmit Election Results – NCC by Mecka: 12:16pm On Jul 17
The Nigerian Communications
Commission (NCC) says only about 50 per cent of polling units in the country has 3G network that can transmit elections results electronically.

The Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska, made this known while addressing the House of Representatives on Friday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the NCC was invited to brief the lawmakers, following the uproar that erupted in the house on Thursday, while members were considering clause 52 of the Electoral Amendment Bill.

NAN recalls that the house was divided over the clause which made provisions for transmission of election results electronically.

The House could not make progress as some members were in support of electronic transmission of results while others insisted on manual transmission, saying that not all polling units had
network coverage.

Responding to questions from lawmakers, Mr Maska told the House that in 2018, the NCC conducted an analysis of the 119,000 polling units in the country.

According to him, about 50.3 per cent of the polling units have 3G and 2G network coverage, while parts of the remaining 46.7 have only 2G and the rest do not have coverage at all.

He explained that only polling units with 3G network coverage could transmit election results electronically.

The NCC official, however, explained that results could be uploaded in areas covered by 2G and later be moved to an area with 3G for the transmission to be completed.

On the possibility of hacking the process, Mr Maska said no system could be 100 per cent free from activities of hackers.

He was responding to a question from a lawmaker which bothered on the ability of the NCC to prevent hackers from tempering with the process.

Mr Maska recalled that the 2016 presidential elections in the United States were widely believed to be hacked, saying that activities of hackers were reported daily.

The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that having informed members, the house would revert to the Committee of the Whole to consider clause 52 and other clauses yet to be considered.
( NAN )

Politics / FAAC Shares N733 B Among FG, States, Lgs by Mecka: 9:12pm On Jul 16
The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total of N733.095 billion as June 2021 Federation Account Revenue to the Federal, States and Local Governments Councils.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the virtual meeting of the FAAC for July 2021, yesterday.

The N733.095 billion total distributable revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N585.752 billion; distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N143.652 billion and Exchange Gain of N3.691 billion.

The sum of N87.469 billion was the total deductions for cost of collection, statutory transfers and refunds.

The committee put the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) at $60.853 million.

The communiqué confirmed that from the total distributable revenue of N733.095 billion; the Federal Government received N304.952 billion, the State Governments received N215.572 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N161.100 billion. The sum of N51.470 billion was shared to the relevant States as 13% derivation revenue.

The distributable statutory revenue of N585.752 billion was available for the month.

From this, the Federal Government received N281.624 billion, the State Governments received N142.843
billion and the Local Government Councils received N110.126 billion.

The sum of N51.159 billion was given to the relevant States as 13% derivation revenue.

The gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N154.465 billion.

This was lower than the N181.078 billion available in the month of May by N26.613 billion. The sum of N4.634 billion allocation to NEDC and N6.179 billion cost of revenue collection was deducted from the gross Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N 154.465 billion, resulting in the distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N143.652 billion. From the N143.652 billion, the Federal Government received N21.548 billion, the State Governments received N71.826 billion and the Local Government Councils received N50. 278 billion.

From the Exchange Gain revenue of N3.691 billion, the Federal Government received N1.781 billion, the State Governments receive N0.903 billion, the Local Government Councils received N0.696 billion and N0.311 billion was given to the relevant States as 13% derivation revenue.

The FAAC said that Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Companies Income Tax (CIT), Oil and Gas Royalties, Import and Excise Duty recorded substantial increases while Value Added Tax (VAT) decreased significantly, without providing details.

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Celebrities / Re: Obi Cubana: 346 Cows, 72 Goats, 20 Rams For Mother's Burial by Mecka: 5:00pm On Jul 16
If only their source of wealth is pure, then no cause for alarm...they should enjoy
If not..........na people wey go chop there I pity especially the pple wey go use longer throat pack take away go give their entire fam for house grin

PS....I'm not part of the vanity crew o. Money z good
you've said it all


TV/Movies / Re: What Series Are You Watching Now? Part 2 by Mecka: 3:33pm On Jul 16
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My best Jesus film so far. Thank you Jesus.

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Crime / Re: #ENDSARS: Elderly Woman Slapped By Police For Pointing At Police Station by Mecka: 2:58pm On Jul 16
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Celebrities / Re: Tonto Dikeh Before And After Surgery Pictures (Then Vs Now) by Mecka: 2:46pm On Jul 16
Vanity upon vanity. Lalasticlala

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Romance / Actress Sonia Ogiri Drops Shade by Mecka: 8:56am On Jul 16
Actress Sonia Ogiri has dropped a shade for those who have gone under the knife for the right figure but still try to "readjust" their shape in photos.

The actress in an Instagram post she shared, said she doesn't understand how one will get her body done through surgery and still use apps and photoshop for shape.

Sonia Ogiri wrote;
can’t stand it anymore. We that are planning to go do

Celebrities / Tonto Dikeh Before And After Surgery Pictures (Then Vs Now) by Mecka: 8:23am On Jul 16
Tonto Dikeh has compared an old photo of her body to a more recent one after undergoing cosmetic surgery.

The actress, who was way slimmer in her old photo, says she hopes the difference in both photos answers the questions relating to why she went under the knife.

She what she wrote below.

Some one asked me why #ISURGERY

Me:- Well I Hope with this one point of mine I have answered���������������

@grandvillemedlaser DID IT...



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Politics / Jalingo Flood: FG Distributes Relief Materials To 4,000 Displaced Persons by Mecka: 12:42pm On Jul 15
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Thursday, distributed relief materials including food items to 4,000 victims of the recent flood disaster
in Jalingo, the Taraba capital.

The Jalingo flood affected over 500 households and destroyed several farms.

Alhaji Habib Mustapha, Director General of the agency, while distributing the items to victims of the disaster in Jalingo, said that the gesture was to cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims.

Mustapha was represented by Mr Alli Kadiri, Head of Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA’ Field Operation Office, Yola.

He said more relief materials would be provided to the victims after an assessment of the disaster was conducted.

He said that the agency in response to the directive from the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadiya Farouk was able to provide 21 relief items of both food and non-food items.

The director-general listed some of the items to include; mattresses, mats, blankets, beans, rice, and beverages among others.

He appealed to the beneficiaries not to view the gesture as compensation but as an emergency response to ameliorate their immediate suffering.

Mustapha urged residents of Jalingo not to build houses along waterways, to avoid such disasters.

“President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to respond quickly to the flood that hit
Jalingo in recent time and caused wanton destruction of homes and farmlands, displacing many households in Jalingo.

“It is in line with the above directive that NEMA is carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the disaster, and will forward the report immediately for onward response from the Federal Government.

“We were also directed by the ministry to come along with some relief items as part of an emergency response which will cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims before the main thing will come.

“We are therefore appealing to the beneficiaries not to take the gesture as compensation but for them to ensure judicious use of the items pending when the federal government will act on the assessment report,” Mohammed said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr David Saidu thanked the federal government for its quick response to the flood disaster.

Saidu said that the quick response by the government has given them hope as well as a sense of belonging that they are citizens of Nigeria.

According to him, the items will go a long way in reducing the hardship caused by the flood.

He, however, appealed to the government to assist victims of the disaster with building materials or funds that would enable some of them to rebuild their homes.

Politics / Re: Taraba Flood Victims Narrate Ordeal, Call For Government Intervention by Mecka: 10:18am On Jul 15
Its a pity
Crime / Court Remands 2 Women For Allegedly Defrauding Company Owner N33m by Mecka: 7:57am On Jul 15
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi on Wednesday ordered the remand of two women, Philomena Onoja and Victoria Ambrose, for allegedly defrauding their
employer of N33 million.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not given, are facing charges of conspiracy, fund misappropriation, fogeery and breach of trust.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor, who did not take their plea, ordered that they should be kept at a correctional centre until July 29 when the case would be mentioned.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor, told the court that the Managing Director of Ox Brando, Nigeria Ltd., Mr Innocent Azubuike, reported the case at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Gboko, on May 25.

He alleged that Azubuike discovered that the company manager, Onoja, sold goods worth N30 million and converted the proceeds to her personal use.

Gbakor told the court that, Onoja, the first defendant, conspired with the second defendant – the company’s cashier – to forge a bank deposit slip showing lodgment of N33 million.

The prosecutor said the defendants snapped and posted the stamped deposit slip on WhatsApp to Azubuike on the pretext that they had deposited the sum into the company’s account.He said the offences contravened Sections 97, 310, 313 and 365 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue, 2004.

Politics / Taraba Flood Victims Narrate Ordeal, Call For Government Intervention by Mecka: 7:31am On Jul 15
Residents of at least seven communities in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State have been counting their losses since floods on Sunday devastated their communities.

Some of the worst hit areas are Mayo Gwoi, Abuja Phase 2, Nukkai, Barade and part of Abuja Phase 1.

Apart from washing away many homes and rendering many homeless, the floods also washed away farm crops and livestock.

Residents who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES blamed the disaster on a poor drainage system in many parts of the state capital, caused by uncontrolled physical development.

Many of the victims who are yet to relocate despite signs of more rains said they need government support to get new homes.

Though no life was lost in the disaster, Dauda Sani, a community leader in Abuja Phase 2, said the flood destroyed many houses in his area.

Another victim who gave her name as Aunty Tobi said she lost valuables such as books, personal documents, animals and foodstuff.

A widow and mother of five who gave her name as Sarah said she sent her children to relatives and friends in different places after her house was submerged on Sunday.

“I need to relocate from this area too but I have no money to do so,” she told Premium Times on Tuesday
Bala Sani of Barade community said he could not remove anything from his house after the flood struck .

“When we saw the rising water coming like a strong wave, we all ran away leaving our property. I thank God that I did not lose any of my family members.”

‘We lost many things’
Philip Garba, who spoke on behalf of the head of Abuja Phase 2, Thomas Umar, said over 100 houses were destroyed in the community.

“We lost so many things. We need help and assistance from government and good Samaritans for us to be able to return to normal life.”

He said people living in homes close to the river banks in the community were willing to relocate but need assistance to do so.

Government intervenes but…
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was in Abuja on Sunday when the disaster occurred.

He flew into the state later the same evening and visited some of the flood-ravaged areas to assess the
damages and sympathise with residents.

Mr Ishaku said the state government would immediately provide food and other relief materials.

The governor accused the federal government of abandoning the state to its fate in and failing to assist with relief materials for the flood victims.

He said the state government would provide relief materials to the affected areas to help cushion their pains.

Mr Ishaku said though he learnt that officials of the federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management “claimed to be in the state the previous week”, he was yet to ascertain the claim.

“This assistance from the federal government does not get to us. We get assistance from certain proxies but not from the government,” he said but provided no details.

The governor also urged those residing in riverine areas to vacate the areas.

Mr Ishaku said the state government would send engineers to assess the damage caused to roads and bridges in the areas with a view to carrying out
urgent repairs.

Premium Times contacted the humanitarian services ministry and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the governor’s claim but got no response.

A special assistant to the minister, Halima Oyelade, when reached by the reporter on the telephone promised to get back after getting details from the department concerned but refused to pick several
calls afterwards.

But the permanent secretary of the state ministry of special duties and humanitarian services, Usman Madu, said “NEMA had reached out to the ministry”
and promised to deliver relief materials.

Mr Madu disclosed this on Tuesday while presenting the “first batch” of relief intervention to the victims of the disaster at the Jalingo local government secretariat.

He said the food items which include rice, garri, semovita and assorted seasoning were from the state government.

He said NEMA had promised to intervene through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) but he could not comment on the matter until the items are received.

“I cannot comment on what we are yet to receive but we were informed that NEMA is bringing some relief materials to the state, which we are waiting to receive.

“The details of the affected persons have been taken for necessary action. Those who own houses and other properties, we will see how we can give them succour.

Cooperate with government officials on
ground to carry out the task,” he said.

While commending Governor Darius for the prompt response to the situation, the chairman of Jalingo LGA, Nasiru Boboji, said the council would work with the leaders of the affected communities to
ensure that all victims benefited from the relief items.

He said he had earlier visited the affected areas with the member representing Jalingo 1 constituency in the state House of Assembly, Yahuza Abubakar, who was also at the distribution venue.

Speaking during the distribution, Mr Abubakar said, “the governor has promised to assist you more after this immediate intervention. We are providing food items to enable you eat before we get other forms of assistance”.

Politics / Re: Zulum Emerges Vanguard Personality Of The Year 2020 Award by Mecka: 7:04am On Jul 15
Politics / Zulum Emerges Vanguard Personality Of The Year 2020 Award by Mecka: 1:05am On Jul 15
Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Executive Governor, Borno State and Chairman, North East Governors’ Forum has emerged VANGUARD PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2020 AWARD.

Recieving the official letter of confirmation from the Vanguard Delegation led by the Chairman Editorial Board, Mr Nnanna Ochereome, North Regional Editor, Sunday Daniel and Senior Reporter Borno/Yobe, Inusa Ndahi Marama, Professor Zulum who was supported alongside his Deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday, said, he was very much honoured for the Award which is slated to take place on Saturday, 17th July, 2021 at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said, “I am much honoured to emerge as the only Governor Awardee 2020 in the whole of Northern Nigeria by most reputable National Tabloid, Vanguard Media Limited, VML”.

The addressed letter reads: ” His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Executive Governor of Borno State, the Board of Editors of Vanguard Newspapers writes to formally notify you of your choice as Vanguard’s Personality of the Year 2020 principally on account of your Visionary and Exemplary Leadership coupled with your Unwavering Commitment to the service of the people of Borno State and Nigeria at a time of national challenges.

“It is on record that in the last two years of your leadership in Borno State, you have not only consolidated on the people-oriented policies, programmes and projects initiated by your predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima but you have also added new ones and added value to people and brought governance closer to the people.

“You have demonstrated beyond doubt that you are a servant-leader by risking your life to take development to the remotest parts of the state despite the clear security threats inherent in those areas.

“It is obvious that you mean well for the people of Borno State and that you want to leave solid legacies that can stand the test of time.

“For these and many reasons, VML here confers on you this well deserved award, which is in recognition of and celebration of Excellence and quality service to humanity.

The formal conferment of this prestigious award on you comes up at 8PM on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos under strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

“Kindly accept, YE, the assurances of our highest esteem.

Yours truly,”
For: Vanguard Media Limited
Eze Anaba
Religion / Re: Oyedepo: I Love All Ministers But I Am Not A Friend To Every Minister by Mecka: 2:07pm On Jul 13
You are not God ,the offering the poor donated to build the school the poor men children can't be able to attend .you are a scammer
my brother, God will bless for saying this

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Religion / Re: Oyedepo: I Love All Ministers But I Am Not A Friend To Every Minister by Mecka: 2:00pm On Jul 13

Oga, condolence message is not by force.

Any genuine disciple of Christ who walks by consecration and faith. . Who genuinely seeks fellowship with God for who he is and not after signs will have issues / reservations with TB Joshua's ministry.

I can never enter his church, that's the truth.

Most people that went there...what is their.motive? Don't be carried away by the doctored or televised givings and alms. . That is not how Christ even instructed us to be doing it....

A genuine believer discern see pollution and strange spirits. Beware.

Look am not saying Oyedepo is Jesus Christ, but I can at least see
I don't attend winners please.
Genuine pastors like Abiara declared he was a real man of God. Whites, asians, latinos, africans, arabs, jews, europeans all attended his church and you come here to say he was not for God. Are you God or Holyspirit that can discern real from fake. Repent from your ways. Jesus is coming soon

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