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Reps Urge FG to Deploy Military To Secure Abuja-Kaduna Expressway For Contractor To Complete Work

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By Gloria Ikibah

The House of Representatives has resolved to called on the Federal Government to deploy the military personnel and material resources as well as intelligence necessary to secure the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway to enable the contractor resume work without risk to personnel and equipment.

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This resolution is sequel to a motion of urgent public importance on Tuesday at plenary sponsored by Hon.Garba Datti and 38 other lawmakers on the urgent need for the federal ministry of works and housing to direct the contractor to immediately resume reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Debating the motion Datti recalled that in March 2021, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced that the Federal Executive Council had approved the contract for the rehabilitation of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway, amongst other approvals with a delivery date of December 2022.

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According to him, the firm, which had initially been contracted to undertake the rehabilitation work on the road, Julius Berger Plc., would also be responsible for the reconstruction of the road.

But due to the incessant and rampant incidents of banditry along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, the contractor withdrew its workers from the road for security reasons.

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The lawmaker noted that at the time of the withdrawal by the contractor, at least one half of the stretch of road had been graded and covered only in laterite which, but the intense rainfall of the past few months, has given way to gorges and potholes that have left the road un-motorable and severely slowed down traffic such that a journey that would ordinarily last one and a half hours now took three hours to complete.

He added that as a result of the current condition of the road, it only takes for a vehicle or truck to breakdown on it for a few minutes and it would result in a build up of static traffic.

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He stated: “Distressed that this was exactly what happened on the road i.e. a truck broke down on the road as a result of which there was massive gridlock on the road and that this gridlock was cleared only after five (5) days.

“Distraught that, to worsen matters, the gridlock that was occasioned recently often left motorists and commuters stranded on the road sometimes for between six (6) to nine (9) hours on a journey that should last no more than one and a half (1½) hours.

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“Anxious that there is a high probability that that this gridlocks will become a very recurrent occurrence in the immediate future.

“Wary that although the security situation has recently vastly improved along that stretch of road, gridlock on it still exposes commuters held up in it to the probability of bandit and terrorist attacks with their attendant loss of lives and property.

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Naijablitznews.com reports that the Abuja-Kaduna highway is the gateway between the North and the South of Nigeria and the major link road to the North West and North East as well as to many neighbouring countries; and the Abuja-Kaduna highway is the key outlet for the transportation of persons, commodities and goods across Nigeria and this is evident in the extraordinary traffic on it.

The lawmaker expressed worries that the situation on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway has become a debilitating drawback for the Nigerian economy, that if not immediately rectified, spells doom for the economy and the social life of Nigerians contrary to section 15(1) of the Constitution, which mandates the Nigerian State to “provide adequate facilities for and encourage free mobility of people, goods and services throughout” Nigeria as well as section 41(1) which guarantees the right to freedom of movement throughout Nigeria to every Nigerian.

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“Determined that that the aforementioned circumstances have made it urgent that the contractor, Julius Berger Plc. be immediately brought back to site to complete this phase of the contract especially the stretch between Jere and Kaduna”, he added.

The house in a unanimous voice vote adopted the motion and called on the Minister of Works and Housing to urgently and without further delay direct the contractor, Julius Berger Plc. to immediately return to site and complete its reconstruction work starting with the Jere–Kaduna stretch.

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The lawmaker also mandated the House Committee on Works to liaise with the Minister of Works and Housing as well as the heads of the relevant security agencies towards ensuring the implementation of the house resolutions and report back within three weeks for further legislative actions.

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Buhari sacks NIRSAL managing Director O Aliyu Abdulhameed over fraud allegations

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*Withdraws his exotic Cars

By Francesca Iwambe

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, Aliyu Abdulhameed, over fraud allegations.

It was gathered that the president removed Abdulhameed on Thursday afternoon and hauled him out of office shortly thereafter, Peoples Gazette reports.

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Abdulhameed had allegedly been siphoning money from the establishment since he was appointed to office in 2015.

It was gathered that the search for his replacement had begun.

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“His exotic official vehicles were all withdrawn from him. He left the office in a small Ford vehicle and was grandstanding that he would soon be back,” a source told the newspaper.

It was reported in June that Abdulhameed siphoned close to N1 billion using the private bank account of the agency’s Head of Finance, Idris Issa Aweda, as a conduit.

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Aweda used three personal bank accounts: FCMB (4986133010), GTB (0245155058), and Stanbic IBTC (0021195810) to receive proceeds of fraud on behalf of Abdulhameed.

Although NIRSAL is not a security agency, Abdulhameed fraudulently ordered payment of money for “advance for security challenge in the North-East on the farms fields”, “security challenge in the North-Central on the farms fields”, “advance for external security issue armoured car” and “advance for security challenge in the South-East on the farms fields”.

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He also summarily “dismissed” the organisation’s Acting Head of Internal Audit, Mr Olalekan Olusanya, in bid to conceal a deep-rooted multi-billion-naira fraud.

Abdulhameed also dismissed another staff member of the organisation, Olusola Omole, in a bid to conceal the corruption taking place under his watch.

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Omole was the head of a technical unit with responsibility across the 36 states of the federation before he was removed.

NIRSAL is a $500 million non-bank financial institution, a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.

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Abdulhameed’s corrupt practices also forced the Central Bank of Nigeria to suspend funding to NIRSAL last year.

The CBN has been guaranteeing all borrowings disbursed by NIRSAL, which is a parastatal of the government’s banker.

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Another source said Mr Abdulhameed also misappropriated funds earmarked for wheat distributions across the country.

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Breaking: Panic in Ogun state as Wall Gecko wipes out family of six

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Ogun State has been thrown into mourning after a family of six was discovered stone dead in the early hours of Friday.

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The source of death is suspected food poisoning after wall gecko had allegedly walked on food

The victims have been identified as Mr Adeleke John Samuel, a chartered accountant; his wife , two children and two other relatives.

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A source told NaijaBlitzNews.com
that they are believed to have died after eating food on which wall gecko trampled.

The sad event was uncovered when their gateman, Mr Lawal Ojo suspected the unusual quietness in the house at full break of day.

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He alerted the neighbours who broke into the house only to discover the bodies of the victims in different rooms

They were all in the sleeping posture, the source said, indicating that they probably passed on in their sleep.

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According to an eyewitness: Mrs Ifenatuora Ijeoma, the poison might have ingested in the course of the family’s dinner the night before.

She reiterated that, on close inspection of the kitchen utensils, a dead wall gecko was discovered inside a pot of soup by one of the neighbours.

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NaijaBlitzNews.com reports that Wall Gecko, a small slippery house lizard native to South East Asia is now found across the world.

It had, at different times, been associated with lethal food poisoning.

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According to medical practitioner who simply identified himself as Dr Omotosho : a biologist , “Geckos are ordinarily harmless. However, the lizard carries lots of bacteria in the mouth which can cause serious harm when ingested by humans.”

As at the time of filing this report, the police had waded into the matter, even as the source of death still remained a subject of conjecture.

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Atiku to Oshiomhole: Where’s your imported Wife

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The Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization apparently peeved by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole outbursts against their flag bearer asked after his imported wife.

Lara Fortes a white lady who married Oshiomhole in 2015 has not been seen around for years around him fueling rumours on the state of the marriage.

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The issue came to fore on Thursday after Oshiomhole in a television interview on on a national tv accused Atiku Abubakar of failing the simple test of being a unifier alleging that the PDP presidential candidate is a serial divorcee.

Oshiomhole, who is Deputy Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organization, had, in the interview, labeled Atiku as ‘serial betrayer’ and a ‘serial divorcee,’ unfit to unify Nigeria.

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He said, “You (Atiku) can’t manage your household, you are a serial divorcee and you want to preach unity and family to me?”

Reacting, the Atiku Camp in a statement said:

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“Moreover, Oshiomhole is not in any position to preach about matrimonial competence and sanctimony as he has not explained the whereabouts of his imported foreign wife to Nigerians.

“It is important for Oshiomhole to note that Nigerians have moved beyond Tinubu as they have already attained consensus across the political, ethnic and religious divides to vote in Atiku Abubakar as a pan-Nigerian and unifier that will rescue our nation from the shambolic rule of the divisive, insensitive and corrupt APC.

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“Of course, Nigerian have come to a consensus that our nation needs a visionary leader, like Atiku Abubakar and certainly not a bat with its inadequacies, specie inconsistencies and aversion to light.”

The Atiku’s team said, “…This can only explain why the former APC National Chairman, who was disgraced out of office, continues as a chattering roller coaster and a musical chair politician, who specializes in making unfounded comments and inventing fictitious claims against others just to draw undue attention to himself.

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“Nigerians expect Adams Oshiomhole to note that the presidential campaign addresses serious issues and is not a platform for throwing tantrums and irresponsible commentaries.

“In any case, Nigerians will not be surprised to see Adams Oshiomhole turning around at Atiku Abubakar’s inevitable victory and inauguration on May 29, 2023, to condemn Asiwaju Tinubu and declare his current unsavory comments against Atiku Abubakar as mere political statements.

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“If Oshiomhole has honour or means well for this nation, he ought to have resigned as Deputy Director General of Asiwaju/Shettima Presidential Campaign after series of shameful revelations of reported allegations touching on the integrity of the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Our campaign holds that contrary to the garments of unity which Oshiomhole is forcing on Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the APC lacks antecedents that will showcase him as a believer in a truly united and indivisible Nigeria.”

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