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APC NWC to decide on mode of Osun gov primary on Monday

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Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary for Osun State fixed for next week Thursday for the September 22 election, party members are still uncertain on the option the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee would use to conduct the primary.
Speaking with newsmen at the end of the NWC meeting on Friday, national publicity secretary of the ruling party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi said no decision has been taken on any of the options. He, however, said that a position would be taken on Monday.
The mode of selecting the candidate has sharply divided the party in the state with a side led by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti insisting on use of delegates as done in all previous elections.
Another faction said to be led by the governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola are pushing for a direct primary which would entail having all members of the party in the 332 wards voting.
Addressing the party faithful on Wednesday while inaugurating the non-national working committee members the national chairman of the party had dropped the hint that three options were open to the party in the choice of its candidate: direct, indirect primaries and consensus.

EFCC denies allegation of staff salary diversion against Magu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied report that the leadership of the Commission diverted N702 million monthly salary of new staff.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren explained that the report among others alleged that the Commission failed to pay the entitlements of Cadet Officers who recently completed training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA).
He said it was also alleged that the acting Chairman of EFCC Ibrahim Magu has refused to pay the officers of DSC7 their entitlements which include; their salary arrears of 13 months under training, which was budgeted for in 2016 and 2017 budget as their date of appointment reads March 18 2017 and their 28 days allowance for being posted to polar regions.
It also alleged that staff contributions to the Commission’s Cooperative Society was diverted to the construction of the head office building of the Commission, making it impossible for staff members to access their contributions,” he said.
Uwujaren, however, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission wishes to state that there is no N702milllion that was diverted from the salaries of any group of employees of the Commission.”
He noted that the idea of diversion of salaries of newly recruited cadet officer may well be part of a plot to incite impressionable young officers to mutiny against the Commission’s leadership.

It’s not fair to Fulani if herdsmen are declared terrorists – Miyetti Allah

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The umbrella body for herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, has warned critics to stop calling them terrorists because they have not breached any section of Nigeria’s constitution.
Spokesperson of the breeders association, Ismaila Ibrahim Ribeji, said unlike the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that was proscribed and declared a terrorist organisation by the Federal Government for trying to create a separate country from Nigeria, which was a constitutional breach, the herdsmen have not done anything to warrant branding them terrorists.
According to him, some individuals are camouflaging as Fulani to commit atrocities. He affirmed this by saying that security personnel have arrested people in Fulani attire committing havoc. This, he said, happened in Taraba and other states, where security men arrested people putting on Fulani outfits to attack communities, but people would attribute them to Fulani

The Sun.

Secondus leads PDP team to meet Obasanjo

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The National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, is leading members of his party to Abekuota, Ogun State to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The meeting with the former President is billed to hold at his residence on Saturday morning and all the members of the National Working Committee of the party arrived in Abeokuta on Friday for the meeting. Some members of the Board of Trustees of the party like its Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, and a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, are expected to be part of the meeting.
It was learnt that the meeting would centre on the possibility of the former chairman of the party’s BoT returning to the former ruling party.
Obasanjo, who was the President of Nigeria for two terms on the platform of the party, tore his membership card a few years ago.
However, his dramatic appearance at the PDP rally in the state earlier this week, was said to have gladdened the hearts of the national leaders of the party.
It was learnt that the former President, who had earlier called on President Muhammadu Buhari to forget his second term ambition, might be considering working with his former party on how to wrest power from the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress.
A source close to chieftains of the party said, “The PDP national leadership has come with full force to thank the former President for appearing at the party’s rally during the week in his home state.

The Punch.

FIRS rakes in N2.5 trn in six months

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has raked in N2.529 trillion from various taxes from January to June 2018.
The amount shows that the Service had realized 75% of its total target for the year, which is an improvement over what was realized at the corresponding period in 2017. A report on the revenue performance by the Agency, submitted to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, confirmed that the N2.529 trillion has an increase of N746,107 billion, representing 42%, when compared to the N1.783 billion total tax revenue realized in the corresponding period in 2017. The Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Oluyinka Akintude disclosed this in a statement, yester-day. An analysis of the total amount shows that N1.168 trillion was collected as Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) as against N636.170 billion resulting in a variance of N532.456 billion.

FG commences screening to weed out ghost workers

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Determined to weed out ghost workers and curtail excesses in personnel costs, the Federal Government of Nigeria, will on Monday, July 16, commence screening of about 330, 820 civil servants.
Head, Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who addressed newsmen on Friday, in Abuja, on the development, warned that any staff who failed to present himself or herself for the verification exercise would be removed from the Federal Government employee database.
She further explained that one of the cardinal principles of the introduction of Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in the Federal Civil Service was to block loopholes and discourage corruption in the administration of personnel records.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had in December last year, announced that over 50,000 ghost workers were removed from the payroll and over N208 billion saved as a result of introduction of IPPIS.
Oyo-Ita, disclosed that at the end of June 2018, a total of 486 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been enrolled on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with over 330,820 employees being paid salaries through the IPPIS.
She said it was important that the human resource information on the IPPIS portal would be cleaned up with a view to having credible data for both payroll and personnel administration and analysis.

Nigerian Tribune.

Oyo begins the collection of N10 daily tax from Traders

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The Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue  has said it will soon begin the collection of N10 daily tax from traders and various operators in the informal sector.

In this bid, Chairman, Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue, Bicci Alli, led other revenue officers to major markets in Ibadan metropolis on Thursday.

The exercise was part of government’s efforts at increasing its revenue base toward execution of more development projects in the state.

The Acting Chairman, Agbaje Market, Pastor Samuel Orokunle, said the traders had all agreed on the annual payment of N3, 000, which he said, was less than N10 per day.

FG reconstitutes Tax Appeal Tribunals in all six geo-political zones

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The Federal Government has reconstituted the Tax Appeal Tribunals in the six geo-political zones, as well as, Lagos and Federal Capital Territory.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who announced this, in Abuja, said the Tribunals will adjudicate over disputes arising from the operation of Federal Tax Laws and Regulations in the country.

She explained that the tribunals would adjudicate over disputes arising from the operation of federal tax laws and regulations in the country.

The minister stated, “The reconstitution of the tax appeal tribunals is an essential part of building taxpayers’ trust and confidence in the fairness of the system.

“The Federal Ministry of Finance has undertaken a rigorous process to select competent persons on the basis of merit, who will be expected to discharge their duties professionally.”

In Ondo, 64-year-old Drunk grandpa shoots grandson dead

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Granddad was a drunk – sources

64-year-old granddad, Gabriel Fasoyin is being interrogated by the Police after killing his grandson, Seun Fasoyin by shooting him under the influence of alcohol.

In a report by Punch, Fasoyin was arrested by the Ondo State Police Command after shooting his grandson at close range and killing him in the process.

The sad occurrence happened at Agric Settlement in Ile Oluji, the headquarters of the Ile Oluji/ Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Police confirms death of Seun Fasoyin

The Ondo State Police Command confirmed the killing of young Seun Fasoyin by his 69-year-old granddad.

Confirming the incident, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, said the granddad had been arrested and currently in the police custody while an investigation was ongoing

I can confirm that the boy was shot by his grandfather, who is already with us. He was shot at a close range and died on the spot. We have commenced an investigation on the matter.” Joseph was quoted.

In the report by Punch, Gabriel Fasoyin was allegedly drunk when he shot his grandson dead.

The report quoted a source as saying the older Fasoyin committed the offence after he was found drunk by his family members.

The report further quoted the source as saying Fasoyin was fond of getting drunk to the dislike of his family even after several efforts have been made to change him without success.

The suspect was alleged to have gotten himself drunk on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 and was being locked up in a room by members of the family including his grandson when he shot the boy dead.

source: pulseng

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