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Permanent Secretary Gets Official Query Over Misconduct On Wide Spread Bread Levy Report

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The Kogi State Government has served an official query on the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Usman A. Ibrahim for official misconduct over the recent widely spread report of bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.

In a letter signed by the Head of Service, Kogi State Government, Mrs. Deborah Ogunmola, the affected official was directed to respond within 24 hours to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for gross misconduct.

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The HOS stated that the concerned official on the 9th of November, 2020 signed a letter addressed to the Chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) kogi state branch on the subject of introducing an identified consulting company and levies on bread to all bakers and caterers doing business In and across the state.

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Mrs. Ogunmola added that investigation revealed that the official acted without obtaining the approval of the Honourable Commissioner of the ministry and could not provide any file documenting the approval for the dissemination of such information.

The HOS stipulated that despite the official’s denial, his actions contravened the provisions of Public Service Rules, Section 4 – 030402 (1), (N) and (o) which might lead to his dismissal from the service if found guilty.

 

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Gov Sule, Speaker Balarabe Pays Tribute To Slain State APC Chairman, Says Killers Will Not Go Scot-Free.

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Nasarawa Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule, said the state has lost a rear gem whose contributions would be greatly missed, stressing that the late Philips Tatari Shekwo deserves a befitting burial owing to the virtue he represented in the society.

The Governor who was speaking when members of the state assembly led by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi paid him a condolence visit at government house Thursday in Lafia, the State capital.

The slain party Chairman’s burial is scheduled to hold Friday in his country home, Yelwa in Toto Local Government Area of the state.

The governor commended the Speaker and members of the Assembly for sharing in the moment of grief, noting that the breakthrough made by the military in rescuing a brother to a member of the state assembly who was abducted by yet to be identified gunmen in Nasarawa Eggon was highly appreciated and assuring that the killers of Shekwo will be exposed.

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Leading other members of the state assembly, the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarbe Abdullahi in an emotionally laden voice explained that the death of the APC Chairman is a great loss to the Governor, Government, the APC and people of Nasarawa state.

The Speaker who noted the selfless attributes of the late Philips Shekwo said his death in the hands of his assailants is uncalled for, hence the need to double up effort towards apprehending those behind the heinous crime.

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Although it was condolence visit the speaker used the medium to congratulate Governor Abdullahi Sule for welcoming a new set of twins by his wife, Farida Abdullahi Sule among other achievements the state has recorded in recent times.

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FHC Fix Friday To Decides On Ndume’s Bail Application After Spending Days In Kuje Prison

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina believed to have jumped bail.

Our Correspondent gathered that Senator Ndume is currently detained at Kuje Prison. Justice Okon Abang adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.

Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2bn. On November 18, 2020, Justice Abang revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.

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The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account. Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.

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Restructuring Of Nigeria: Northern Elders Forum Expresses Dissatisfaction With El-Rufai’s Claims

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The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday distanced itself from the comments credited to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that selfish Northern leaders were opposing the restructuring of Nigeria.

The organisation said the governor could not have been referring to its leadership under Prof. Ango Abdullahi because it had campaigned restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.

The NEF Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said these in an interview with Punch.

El-Rufai had during a session at the 26th National Economic Summit said Northerners kicking against calls for the restructuring of Nigeria were not speaking for the North.

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But Baba-Ahmed said, “The Governor of Kaduna State could not have been referring to Northern Elders Forum under the leadership of Prof. Ango Abdullahi. Our Forum has campaigned for restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.

“There are records of many statements made by the Forum or in conjunction with other groups in support of the imperative for restructuring as a vital requirement for the survival of our country as a united, functional, and just entity.

“We believe the North will be a major beneficiary of major changes in the manner our federal system is designed and functions.“We do not know of any serious northern group that is against restructuring. If there are such groups, they must be speaking to the Governor in private, and they certainly do not represent the interests of the North.”

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