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Just In : Buhari Appoints Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors

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Barely a week after the exit of former service chiefs,  President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd), Former Chief Of Army Staff, as a non-career ambassador, subject to the confirmation of the senate.

The President also appointed all the ex-Service Chiefs who served alongside Buratai and were replaced last week.

They are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd).

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the appointments in a statement.

“In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate,” read a letter the president sent to Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President of the Senate.

The president appointed the Ex-Service Chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure of relieving them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.

Due to the rising insecurity across the country, different stakeholders had asked the president to inject fresh hands into the war against insecurity.

Recalls, last week, the President finally announced Maj Gen LEO Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj Gen I Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and AVM IO Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

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Fraud : Pastor deceived me to sell my only house, Jilted Evangelist tells Yola court

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A  deceived female evangelist who was allegedly jilted by her fiancee and pastor of Fire House Revival Ministry, Kwanye Tumba has told a criminal area court II sitting in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, that her ex-fiancee, Pastor Marwa Tumba deceived her with marriage proposal, squandered her money and later ended up frustrating her life.

The distraught looking evangelist, had 2 weeks ago sued the Pastor and said she first met with Pastor Marwa at a programme in Yolde Pate, Yola South Local Government Area, and that after event, the Pastor told her that God has blessed her with a husband and that he is the husband.

At the resumed sitting of the court, she told the court that the pastor lured her and made her to sell her house and kept on collecting the money, squandered it and thereafter abandoned her.

She said all through the period of their relationship, the pastor kept assuring her that he will marry her as a result of which she was very open to him and gave him access to everything, noting that it was heart rending to know that the man’s intent was to defraud her.

As evidence,  she  tendered a bank teller, list of items for their proposed marriage and evidence of how and where their relationship started after a prayer meeting at Yolde-Pate.

She  further told the court that despite the frustration ,she is worried that her ex-fiancee has consistently said she was fighting him, and that if she is not careful she will die.

She then prayed the court to recover all her money and her house which he made her to dispose on the premise that he will marry her.

The 33-year-old complainant had informed the court that the man had asked her to saw a seed, and that she immediately gave him N1,000 as the seed he demanded, saying that from there, he went to her house and started their relationship proper.

She stated that he asked her to start attending Freedom Power Chapel Yola, the church he was worshipping before opening his Fire House Revival Ministry.

Evangelist Kwanye added that the man asked her to sale her house which she built threatening to abandon her if she refused to hearken to his demands.

She noted that because of her desperation to get a spouse, she agreed and sold the house at the sum of N500,000 and that she paid N50,000 tithe directly into his bank account as he requested.

She said that she kept supporting the church with her money until all the money got exhausted saying that he later abandoned her after wreaking her life.

She told the court as a result of the financial predicaments facing her she is now hawking vegetables so as to eke out a living.

At the court, the accused pastor appeared along side 3 lawyers led by E.O Udo and a cross section of his church members, while the complainant came with no legal representation.

The presiding judge, Honourable Nuhu Garta, after hearing the submission of the complainant adjourned the case to February 10th, 2021 for ruling.

 

 

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I almost lost my job as FCT minister over Baze university- Gov. Mohammed

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Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has revealed that he almost lost his job as FCT minister, under President Goodluck Jonathan, for allocating a piece of land to Yusuf Ahmed, the founder of Baze University, in Abuja.

Mohammed disclosed this, on Thursday,  when the founder and members of the university management paid him a courtesy visit, in Bauchi.

The governor, who said that there was nothing he would not do to free resources for the improvement of society, adding that he was only freeing land from speculators and those that would only use it for other unpleasant purposes.

“You all know my relationship with the Baze very well, the struggle we had. One lady even wanted to snatch your land. I almost lost my job because of Baze university, you didn’t know that portion of the story, but I’m saying it today.

“There is nothing I cannot do to free resources for the betterment of society and that is what I did for you. I believe it was the best thing to do.

“I did it because I was freeing the land from speculators and those that would use it for other obnoxious uses. I congratulate you and I’m proud to be associated with you in this very noble endeavour,” Mohammed said.

The governor, who noted that the university was known worldwide, said that he felt elated seeing the university advertisement on Cable News Network (CNN).

Mohammed promised the university proprietor, who had come to offer the state a 75 per cent subsidy on scholarship for students, that the state government would subscribe to the offer.

He added that the best graduating secondary school students, who were indigent, would be selected through a transparent process and be placed in the university.

The governor mandated the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Aliyu Tilde, to effectively work towards that with utmost sincerity.

Speaking earlier, Mr Yusuf Ahmed, the founder and Pro-Chancellor of the university, said that the institution became what it is today by the grace of God and the support of leaders like Gov. Bala Mohammed. (NAN)

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JUST IN: Maina’s son, Faisal, flees to U.S. – EFCC tells court

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Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has fled to the United States of America (USA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.

The EFCC’s Counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday, told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Abubakar said from the information at the disposal of the anti-graft agency, Faisal sneaked to the USA through the Republic of Niger.

Earlier at the Thursday’s sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding ruling, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima. representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to forfeit a property used as a bail bond.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Faisal was granted a N60 million bail with a surety in the like sum who must be a serving member of the House of Representatives.(NAN)

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