Federal government budgets N7trn for 2017, Lai Mohammed replaced by Bolaji Abdullahi as APC's new spokesman and other major headline stories you missed today!

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Over 20 suspects arrested as Police uncovers diesel adulterating factories in Lagos

Police in Lagos state have uncovered diesel adulterating factories underneath the Oregun Link Bridge, Ikeja, Lagos. Surface tanks, tankers, buses, drums were found at the scene and over 20 suspects have been arrested so far. Lagos Commissioner of Police. Fatai Owoseni has ordered an investigation and deployed officers to man the area.

Ex-Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, emerges APC's new spokesman

Former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi was today elected the new spokesperson of APC at a mini convention held at Chelsea hotel, Abuja. He succeeds Lai Mohammed who is currently the Minister of Information and Culture. Other key officials elected at the convention include Mohammed Zakari, deputy national treasurer, and Abdul Ibrahim, zonal organizing secretary. In his acceptance speech, Bolaji said;

“I want to assure you that we shall do all in our capacity to continue to strengthen the party. We know that if we continue to engage the people of Nigeria in all humility, they will continue to stand with us even in the midst of this difficult time”.

Plane carrying Brazillian players ran out of fuel before crashing

The plane that crashed in Colombia’s Medellin killing 71 people on board including members of the Brazillian football team, Chapecoense, ran out of fuel moments before it crashed on Tuesday November 29th. This is according to a leaked audio recording of the pilot’s final communications with the control tower.

The pilot was heard repeatedly requesting permission to land, saying that the plane had suffered “total electrical failure, without fuel.”

A co-pilot of an Avianca plane flying nearby at the time also said he overheard the LaMia 933 plane reporting it was out of fuel, calling “mayday” and asking the control tower to direct it to the runway.

Main cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained by Brazilian investigators. Only six of the 77 people on board survived the crash.

Federal government budgets N7trn for 2017

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the figure of the 2017 Appropriation Bill, yet to be presented to the National Assembly, is about N7trillion.

He however acknowledged that the size of the budget was not big enough to make a significant difference on the nation’s economy.

Osinbajo, who is the Chairman of the Economic Management Team, spoke during a tour of some firms in Sagamu, Ogun State on Thursday. A transcript of his speech at one of the firms was issued to journalists by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande.

According to Osinbajo, the private sector has a big role to play in the nation’s economy while the Federal Government will only serve as a catalyst, adding that the Federal Government believes that its economic agenda cannot be delivered without a serious partnership with the private sector.
He said, “Our entire budget size for 2016 is something in the order of just over N6trillion and we will probably be moving to about N7 trillion in the 2017 budget.

“But N7 trillion is certainly not the kind of money, it does sound like a fair amount of money, but certainly, it is not the kind of size that can really make a huge difference in a N90trillion economy such as we have.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over next year’s budget.

Buhari insists no country will break out of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has once again made it clear that the unity of Nigeria is not up for grabs and that those contemplating its break-up should have a rethink.

He stated this at a meeting with the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers at the State House in Abuja on Thursday.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari warned that no country will be formed out of Nigeria.

“The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult,” he said.
“From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people.

“We should concentrate on these and be very productive”, he added.

Responding to the traditional rulers’ request for more representation for the South-East in his government, Buhari said he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South East”.

He also went further to appreciate the good work of the Ministers from the region in his cabinet, stating that “they are doing very well for the country”.

Man to die by hanging for stealing N200

A 35-year- old artisan, Kayode Idowu has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.

An Osun State High Court passed the judgment on Thursday.

The police had arraigned Idowu and his partner, Femi Adebowale, before the court on three counts of conspiracy, murder and armed robbery.

Idowu, who was found guilty by Justice Kudrat Akano, was said to have broken into the apartments of one Mrs. Rachel Aina Ogbomoniyi and Florence Ajayi at about 1am on August 3, 2009 and found N200 from Aina’s room.

The duo of Idowu and Adebowale were said to have stolen the N200 and headed to another room where they found Ajayi and eventually killed her.

The Principal State Counsel, Mr. Moses Faremi told the court that the convict and the second accused person who later died during the trial, forcefully entered the house of deceased in the mid-night and they were asked for the money and deceased told them she didn’t have money after they left, the deceased was later found in a pool of her blood.

The counsel said the offence were contrary to sections (1) (2) (9)and 319 of the criminal Code Cap. 34 Volume 2 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

The principal witness, who was also a victim of the two man gang had told the court during the trial that she was asked to come and identify the two men at the police station and she was able to point them out.

Counsel for the convicts, Sade Ipede, of the Legal Aid Council, pleaded with the Judge to temper justice with mercy.

The judge said the prosecuting counsel had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequent sentenced him to death by hanging.


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