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Buhari Signs Agreements With UAE To Strengthen FG’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

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Buhari Signs Agreements With UAE To Strengthen FG’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed nine different agreements including the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) toward strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony at the President Villa, Abuja on Thursday, the President also said that the agreements signed would enable both countries to take important steps toward strengthening their economies and security.

“Today’s ceremony marks a very important milestone in our demonstration of sovereign capacity to fulfill our international obligations and take important steps for the benefit of our economy, security and the anti-corruption war within and outside Nigeria.

“I am happy to note therefore, that pursuant to a Memorandum presented to the Federal Executive Council by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Council has approved the ratification of the said Agreements, thus paving the way for today’s ceremony.


 “With this sovereign act, which has been replicated in the United Arab Emirates by their responsible authorities, we are now in a position to utilize these Agreements fully to foster cooperation between our respective authorities particularly for the purpose of prosecuting the anti-corruption campaign of this Government.’’

President Buhari, therefore, charged all agencies with roles to play under the respective Treaties to ensure that they did that effectively to reap the full benefits of the agreements.

NAN

Katsina State Pilgrim Duped $800 In Saudi Arabia

A pilgrim from Katsina State, Hauwa Muhammad, has been duped $800 in Madina, Saudi Arabia. Hauwa, who hails from Kankara, Malumfashi zone, was swindled of the money by a fraudster who posed as an official of the Katsina State Government.

She said the swindler told her that he was disbursing additional $100 to pilgrims from the state, and that she should give him her envelope containing her money in order to put her own share inside.

“The fraudster said I should bring the envelope so that he will put together all the money for me.

 ‘’I decided not to give him, but he insisted, and I later gave him the envelope. ‘’When I realised that he wanted to dupe me, I asked him to give me my money, and he gave me the envelope and went away.


 ‘’It was after he had disappeared that I was told that what remained in the envelope was only $9 ,’’ the victim said.

The Amirul-Hajj of Malumfashi zone, Alhaji Yahaya Auwal, described the incident as unfortunate.

 Auwal lamented that the swindle occurred in spite of several advice and warnings to the pilgrims to be wary of such criminals in the Holy land.

 “It is unfortunate that our pilgrims are becoming victims of such circumstances day and night in spite of enlightenment efforts and warnings.

 ‘’We will continue with the efforts and also continue to pray to Allah to protect our pilgrims against fraudsters,’’ he said.


Traditional Ruler Bags Law Degree At 73

A traditional ruler in Ogun State, Olufemi Ogunleye, has obtained a degree in Law at the age of 73.

Mr. Ogunleye, who is the Toluwade of Akinale in Owu Kingdom of Egbaland, graduated with a Second Class Upper degree from Crescent University, Abeokuta, an institution founded by Bola Ajibola, a former Nigerian Attorney-General and ex-judge at the International Court of the Justice.

The traditional ruler was a veteran journalist before mounting the throne, having served with the Daily Times for over a decade and as Group Public Relations Manager of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

Speaking with Premium Times, Mr. Ogunleye disclosed that it took him five years to bag the degree.


“It was a five-year programme. We are the pioneer Law students of Bola Ajibola College of Law of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, which was established in 2005,” he said.

Mr. Ogunleye further disclosed that the university graduated 39 Law students in his set, one with First Class, 16 with Second Class Upper, 14 with Second Class Lower and three with Third Class. .

The traditional ruler who was the oldest among the law students, said: “Six candidates had reference and will not graduate this session.”

He said his love for education saw him through the challenges of the programme.

68 Insurgents Surrender In 3 Weeks

The Nigerian Army’s counter-terrorist Operation Lafiya Dole announced on Thursday that 68 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered and denounced terrorist activities over the past three weeks due to intensified military operations against the terrorist group.

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Public Relations for Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the military urged all Boko Haram insurgents to reconsider the lives they have chosen and discard the murderous and hypocritical ideology their leaders espouse.

“Troops in the last few weeks have intensified the onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists through coordinated air and artillery bombardments of terrorists enclaves across the theatre. These bombardments are backed by long range patrols and ambushes targeted at preventing fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from escaping and also denying them access to logistics supply,” the statement read.

Appeal Court Upholds Removal Of Sekibo As Senator

The Appeal Court has dismissed an appeal filed by Senator George Sekibo challenging the judgment of the Rivers State National Election Tribunal which removed him as Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District.

The Appellate Court held that the appeal lacked merit as it did not show facts as to why the decision of the lower court should be set aside.

The three-man panel of the Appeal Court held that the ousted lawmaker only reproduced his closing remarks at the end of the hearing at the tribunal, but did not challenge the decision reached by the tribunal.


My Husband Cannot Afford My Underwear - Wife

A divorce-seeking housewife, Amina Sulaiman, on Thursday told an Ilorin Area Court that her husband, Ibrahim Babaoja, could not even afford the cost of her underwear.

Amina, in her testimony, begged the court to dissolve their seven years marriage because her husband refused to take proper care of her.

She told the court that she had been saddled with all the family responsibilities, which had become unbearable for her.

“Our marriage is blessed with two children, but to eat in the house is a problem. “He will not pay the children’s school fees; he cannot even afford to give me money for my underwear.


“There is always chaos in the house and I can no longer bear it or tolerate his attitude and lack of care.

“I pray the court to put an end to this marriage,” she begged the court.

The respondent, Babaoja, was not present in court to defend the allegations,

The presiding judge, Mr Abdul Quadri, said that the respondent had earlier sent a letter of consent to divorce.

Quadri ordered the dissolution of the marriage on the ground that both parties had agreed to it.

NAN



 Police Shoots Man For Picking Stolen Money
A young man living in Akwa Ibom was allegedly shot by a policemen in the State for picking stolen money which dropped along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.
According to an eyewitness, Mr. Joe Inyang,
 “The people who owned the money were in a Toyota Camry with a government number plate, AK 705 C01. They appeared to be coming from one of the new generation banks, where they withdrew the huge amount.
“As their driver was going through Paul Bassey Street, he noticed the robbers, who were in a Toyota Corolla. They were on his trail.
“As he tried to link Brooks Street, he rammed the vehicle into an oncoming Toyota Camry. It was then that the robbers blocked access to the government car.
“At that point, the robbers seized the vehicle and started shooting continously into the air. They shattered the boot and doors of the car with bullets to get access to the money, which was in Ghana-Must-Go bags.
“It was in the process of moving the money into another vehicle they seized from a woman that some residents scrambled for the fallen cash. The man the police shot rushed out of his office to pick the cash which littered the road.”

The woman whose car was used as a getaway by the robbers; the man who sustained gunshot injuries; and the driver and other occupants of the government vehicle, were seen by our correspondent at the ‘A Division’ of the state police command on Wednesday.

A resident, who did not want his name in print, told PUNCH Metro that the robbery could not have occurred without the involvement of people in government or the bank, adding that the money could not be less than N50m.

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mu’azu Zubairu, neither picked his call nor replied text messages sent to him by Punch.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chukwu Ikechukwu, when contacted, said he was not in the state.

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