Return Almajirai To Their States Of Origin – Punch

An alarming exodus of the almajirai to the South of Nigeria is setting nerves on edge in many places. These days, hordes of almajirai are being intercepted in virtually all the southern states in a manner never witnessed before. In response to this, Southern governors have been repatriating these children to their states of origin. Not surprisingly, this policy has triggered a chain of divisive reactions from the North and reopened the North-South fault lines. In spite of this, the influx has not abated, generating waves of tension between the…

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COVID-19 ‘School Feeding’ Should Be Probed – Vanguard

When President Muhammadu Buhari made his second national broadcast on the coronavirus pandemic on April 13, 2020, and said that the regime’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme, HSFG, would continue even after schools nationwide were shut for the pandemic lockdowns, Nigerians were shocked. People wondered how school children could be fed by the Federal Government while at home with their parents. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, explained that her ministry would deploy “vouchers” from door-to-door to feed the school children who are currently on their…

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COVID-19 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria Working, Not Missing — Embassy

The Chinese doctors and medics, who arrived in the country last month to help the Nigerian authorities in containing the ravaging Coronavirus, are not missing. The Chinese Embassy in Abuja confirmed on Sunday that contrary to claims by one of the leading political parties in Nigeria that the whereabouts of the medics in Nigeria remained unknown, the 14 medical experts were actively helping out in their duty posts to meet the mandate for which they came to Nigeria. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Sun Saixiong, added that although…

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Kano Set To Deport Another 2,000 Almajirai

About 2,000 Almajirai pupils who underwent isolation in three quarantine centres in Kano are now ready to be deported to their respective states of origin. The Kano State Commissioner for Education and Chairman Almajiri Repatriation Committee, Alhaji Sanusi Kiru, disclosed this on Sunday when he led a delegation of women in Da’awah and some civil society organizations who inspected two quarantine centers at Kiru and Karaye respectively. He said the Almajirai pupils were isolated to ensure that they were in good health before being sent back to their states of…

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Buhari Order Query To Perm Sec Accused Of N119b Financial Misconduct

          The Federal Government has issued a query to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Mohammed Bello, over an N119 billion alleged financial misconduct, while he was a permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The query, dated May 11, 2020, was issued by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who said President Muhammadu Buhari’s attention had been drawn to the several misconducts by the Permanent Secretary. Bello was accused of not…

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Public Fury As FG Renames Abacha Loot As Assets

The usage of “assets” instead of “loots” to describe funds recently recovered from the former Head of State, General Sani Abacha and returned by the United States, has courted the indignation of many Nigerians. The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had taken to his Twitter account, @MalamiSan, on Monday to confirm the receipt of the fund. “I am happy to confirm that the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday 4th May 2020 received $311,797,866.11 of the Abacha assets repatriated from the United…

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FG Receives Over $311m Abacha Loot Repatriated From US, Jersey – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), confirmed the receipt of $311,797,866.11 million of the Abacha assets repatriated from the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Malami made the confirmation in a statement by Dr. Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations,  in Abuja. According to Malami: “The amount increased from over $308 million mentioned in the press release issued in February to $311,797,866.11 million following the accrued interest from February 3 to April 28 when the fund was transferred to…

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Bishop Oyedepo Criticizes FG, States For Locking Churches, Opening Markets

Bishop David Oyedepo of Winner’s chapel aka Living Faith Church Worldwide has chided the Federal and State Governments for opening markets and continue to lock up churches in the country. Oyedepo, in his sermon, said the churches should be opened, wondering why the government took such a foolish decision. He said there was something wrong for the government to allow markets to open for six hours and not allow churches to open for two hours. “There should be an opening of churches around the world. Sir, there is something wrong…

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Abba Kyari: A death, by Reuben Abati

Aso Villa, Nigeria’s seat of presidential power is bereaved. On Friday, April 17, 2020, it recorded its first major casualty of the Corona Virus disease, in the person of the President’s Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari. With Kyari’s death, Corona Virus has claimed its third high profile victim in Nigeria. Before Kyari was the former Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu, and Ambassador Kabiru Rabiu, the first index case in Kano. As at the time of this writing, Nigeria has recorded a total of 21…

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Fire Guts Section Of INEC Headquarters In Abuja

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters has been gutted by fire. The National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, confirmed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He revealed that the inferno affected the Department of Electoral and Party Monitoring part of the commission’s head office. Okoye explained that the fire broke out as a result of an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring located close to the Media Centre of…

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