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N585m scandal: SERAP threatens legal action if Tinubu fails to probe Betta Edu

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has issued a threat to take legal action against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu if he neglects to investigate the alleged transfer of N585,189,500.00 into a private account by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu. This information was disclosed by Kolawole Oluwadare, the Deputy Director of SERAP, in a statement on Sunday.

Betta Edu had confirmed the disbursement of N585,189,500.00, intended for vulnerable individuals in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Lagos, and Ogun states, into a private account. Despite Edu’s assertion that the payment adhered to due process, SERAP argued that her actions violated Chapter 7, Section 713 of the Federal Government’s Financial Regulations 2009, which stipulates, ‘Personal money shall in no circumstances be paid into a government bank account, nor shall any public money be paid into a private account.’

In response, SERAP called on Tinubu to instruct the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, and relevant anti-corruption agencies to promptly and thoroughly conduct an investigation. The organization emphasized that if the recommended measures were not taken within 7 days, it would consider pursuing appropriate legal actions to compel the government to comply with the request in the public interest.

It’s worth noting that the Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, had stated that Edu was not supposed to deposit N585,198,500.00 into a private account.

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Police condemn killing of man over alleged blasphemy in Bauchi

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The Bauchi State Police Command has condemned the killing of a man identified as Yunusa by a mob over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

DAILY POST reports that the sad incident occurred on Wednesday at about 3 pm in Nasaru community, located in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness, Umar Abubakar, in a phone interview with DAILY POST, said an argument erupted between the victim and another individual, during which he allegedly made the blasphemous remarks, which quickly escalated to a mob action.

Reacting to the mob action, the spokesperson of the Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement made available in Bauchi on Thursday, said: “It has come to our attention that an individual named Usman was involved in sharing information about a new religious movement known as the Fera Movement. Regrettably, this led to tensions and an altercation, resulting in the loss of his life.”

According to him, Commissioner of Police Auwal Musa Muhammad condemned the actions of the individuals involved while emphasising the importance of upholding the rule of law.

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He charged the public to work with law enforcement agencies and refrain from taking matters into their own hands.

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Federal College of Education Gusau resumes academic activities after 3-month strike

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The College of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, of the Federal College of Education Technical, FCET, Gusua, Zamfara State, has suspended its strike action unconditionally, saying that lecturers have resumed their academic activities.

DAILY POST reports that the three-month industrial action was called off on Thursday after a long-hour meeting by members of the union at the college in Gusau, the state capital.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, a member of the union, Muktar Abdullahi, apologised to parents, guardians and students for the inconvenience caused by the over three months strike.

According to him, the decision to call off the strike was reached unconditionally after the members of the union were able to resolve issues at stake in the college.

Earlier, the coalition of Zamfara State civil societies and the well-wishers had recently staged a protest over what they called the anti-progress pose of the union.

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Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Alhaji Nasiru Garba, has said that they show their solidarity to Hajiya Hauwa’u Mukhtar Abdul Karim, being the substantive and only female and indigenous provost since the creation of FCET Gusau in 1988.

According to him, some members of the embattled union are undermining the college.

He said: “Some academic staff of the college do not want the college to be manned by a substantive provost; they always want to lead the institution in acting capacity as caretakers, which is very bad, and by doing so, the college will never progress.”

He called on the federal government, through the Minister of Education, to ensure the speedy transfer of the COEASU members to other federal colleges of Education.

“That will help the growth of the institution to allow the provost to continue with the good job she started,” he said, stating that the coalition of civil societies is behind the leadership of Dr. Hauwau Muktar Abdulkarim.

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Army arrest alleged mastermind of Taraba killings

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Troops from the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army/Sector 3 Operation WHIRL STROKE (OPWS) in Taraba State have arrested a terrorist linked to recent deadly attacks in the Bali local government area.

Last week, several people, including a 92-year-old man, were killed in Mararaban Azagawa village in Bali. In a statement released on Thursday, Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, Acting Assistant Director of 6 Brigade, Army Public Relations, confirmed the arrest of the terrorist responsible for the attack.

The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Hassan Ibrahim, was found with a dane gun, cartridges, and a motorcycle belonging to one of the victims. Nicknamed Godu, Ibrahim has admitted to his role in the attack and has provided valuable information to the authorities.

“He is currently in custody and cooperating with authorities to help capture his collaborators,” the statement noted.

Brigadier General Kingsley Chidiebere Uwa, commander of 6 Brigade Sector 3 OPWS, praised the public for their valuable information that led to the suspect’s capture. He urged continued public support to help eliminate criminal activities in Taraba State.

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“The successful capture of the terrorism mastermind is a significant achievement for the troops and a step towards restoring peace and security in the affected community,” he stated.

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