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Court issues arrest warrant for Ondo ex-deputy gov over alleged fraud

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The Akure Magistrate Court has issued a bench warrant for the former Ondo State deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, in response to allegations of theft against him. These allegations involve the acquisition of a brand new Toyota Camry worth N5.4 million through fraudulent means in May 2018.

The Commissioner of Police filed a request for the bench warrant to ensure that Ajayi appears in court to address the accusations. As a result, the court has ordered that Ajayi must either appear in court or provide a statement by November 24.

In the meantime, two former aides of Agboola Ajayi, Ogunmusi Samuel and Akintoye Olatunji, have already been brought before the court in connection to the car allegedly taken from Segun Adetuwo, also known as Showboy.

According to Samuel’s statement, the former deputy governor instructed him to accompany Olatunji to collect the car from Adetuwo. Samuel received a black Toyota Camry XLE from Adetuwo but left without making any payment for the vehicle.

The prosecutor, Emmanuel Tanimowo, informed the court that Ajayi did not respond to the invitation to present his version of the incident.

Akintoye’s counsel, Barrister Omolegbon Odunsola, mentioned that he had been actively trying to reach out to Agboola and Adetuwo in an attempt to resolve the matter outside of court.

On the other hand, Alex Olademehin, representing Adetuwo, stated that Agboola insisted he should either provide a written statement to the police or appear in person before the court.

The presiding Magistrate, Taiwo Lebi, has ordered that Ajayi or his statement be presented in court on the next scheduled date, with further proceedings adjourned until November 24, 2023.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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