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Police becoming endangered, need prayers – IGP

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Thursday, called for prayers for men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force.

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He said given the prevailing security challenges in the country, the police had become endangered species and needed prayers for protection and guidance.

The IGP spoke in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, while commissioning the administrative block for the 26 Squadron Police Mobile Force and a 1.7km internal road network at Mopol Barracks, Idoro Road, Uyo, the state capital, which was completed by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

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He said, “What I’m seeing is a church and the other a mosque; policemen are becoming too religious these days, and that is good; any person who does not know how to pray will go to hellfire; these days, you know, we are endangered species; we need to pray and protect ourselves well.”

While appreciating the commanding officer for the initiative and courage to find the means and ways of completing the project, the IG commended the NDDC for facilitating the completion of the projects, which were abandoned.

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The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Emmanuel Ohwavboura, stated in his remarks that the agency, in recognition of Section 6 of the police force mission statement and partnership, took over the construction of the dilapidated projects and awarded the contract to Messrs. God’s Owned Project Limited when the police sought their assistance.

Audu, who was represented by the Akwa Ibom State Director of NDDC, Udoette Obot, revealed that the police post project at Osongama Extension, which was at 80% completion stage, would soon be commissioned and urged members of the public to protect and make good use of the facilities.

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JUST IN: Fire guts one-storey building in Ebonyi

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A one-storey building, located on Udensi Street, in the Abakaliki metropolis, has been gutted by fire, NaijaBlitzNews.con reports.

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The fire incident, which started at about 1.30 pm, on Friday, has left many tenants of the affected building devastated.

Sources said the incident was a result of a surge in the voltage of the electricity supply in the area, which happened intermittently between 9 am and 1:30 pm before the incident started.

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One of the tenants of the burnt property, Mr Onuigbo, said the heavy nature of the fire, hindered him from salvaging any of his belongings from the building.

The Controller of the Ebonyi State Fire Service, Ibiam Raphael, confirmed the incident, saying work was still ongoing to eventually put the fires off.

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Buhari sacks NIRSAL managing Director O Aliyu Abdulhameed over fraud allegations

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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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