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Construction of Abandoned Second River Niger Bridge will Begin Soon

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  • Construction of Abandoned Second River Niger Bridge will Begin Soon

Enugu State chapter of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) yesterday appealed to Ndigbo to give maximum support to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in its quest to better their lot.

The organisation specifically observed that the construction of the dilapidated federal roads in the South-east had effectively taken off, adding that very soon, the construction of the abandoned second Niger bridge will take of in earnest.

The appeal was contained in a statement by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Chibueze Eze.

In the statement titled: ‘Enugu BSO’s 2017 Goodwill Message to Ndigbo,’ Eze said: “President Buhari has so far lived up to his campaign promises to the people of South-east zone and is ready to do more if given support.

“We are witnesses to the truism that he neither hates Ndigbo nor is he going to Islamise Nigeria as advocated by some ethnic merchants.”

Eze applauded the Buhari administration for the progress made on the construction of South-east federal roads and the approval of additional N16billion by the Federal Executive Council to put the construction of the Second Niger Bridge on top gear.

“We had wished that ex-president, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan had placed the 2nd Niger Bridge on direct federal contract like the Owete Bridge in Benue, instead of PPP model, this could have made the project cheaper and faster.” Eze quipped.

He explained that in just 24 months, the current Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration will achieve what its predecessors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led federal government failed to do on the roads in the South-east region including Aba-Calabar, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, Owerri-Port Harcourt Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways in 16 years.

The statement read further: “For the first time in over 16 years, our people in the South-east are happy with the intensification of work along Enugu-Onitsha and other federal roads, which were dilapidated and in a state of disrepair for almost two decades.

“The rehabilitation work for instance on the Enugu-Onitsha road is being handled by RCC Limited, a reputable construction company in the country. One lane is now fully functional while work has seriously progressed on the other lane.

“Quite unlike in the past when scores of lives were lost in road accidents on that road every Christmas, there was not even one report of accident or carnage along Enugu-Onitsha expressway this Christmas. It was the same story along Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. Our people had a smoother ride home for Christmas this year, instead of the bumpy ride they had in the past,” he said.

Eze described the progress made on the roads so far as “part of the fulfillment of electoral promises made to the South-east by President Buhari.

“President Buhari is now putting it in practical terms. It is no longer promises alone. “Therefore, we urge Ndigbo to use the New Year for stocktaking. They should compare and contrast between what they experienced in the 16 years of PDP, a party they gave 100 percent support and the 20 months of the Buhari administration”

Eze noted: “It is high time Ndigbo count our teeth with our tongues and abandon those ethnic merchants and religious bigots who preach hate only for their selfish interest. These were the few who became millionaires when millions were impoverished. They never remembered the federal roads in the South-east when our dear brother Senator Anyim Pius Anyim was Secretary to Government of the Federation, when our dear sister Dr Ngozi Ökonjo-Iweala was Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, when we had Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker etc.”

He urged the people of South-east to have hope in the government as it will in the fullness of time definitely fulfill all promises made to the people of the zone.

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Abdulaziz Yari, Former Governor of Zamfara State, to Forfeit N270 Million in Zenith, Polaris

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Abdulaziz Yari, Former Governor of Zamfara State, to Forfeit N270 Million in Zenith, Polaris

The former governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari, could forfeit as much as N270 million stashed in Zenith Bank and Polaris Bank, according to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu said the former governor could not prove how he came about the money legitimately to the court on Tuesday.

Mr. Yari, 52, who served as governor of Zamfara State for eight years between 2011 and 2019, was said to have used his position to amass wealth, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) stated.

Since the court granted an order for interim forfeiture of Yari assets in August 219m he has been unable to explain why the money found in his bank accounts should not be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Ijeoma explained that while there is nothing wrong in having such an amount in one’s bank account, the owner must be able to explain the legitimate source of such funds.

“The respondents, who have been given an opportunity to tell their story, have failed to provide evidence for such legitimate income.

“The respondents have not countered the case and facts presented by the applicants (ICPC).

“The respondents, having failed to establish the legitimate source of the money as stated in this case, this honourable court hereby makes an order of final forfeiture of the following:

“An order of final forfeiture of N12,912,848.68, being proceeds of some unlawful activity stashed in the name of Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari.

“An order of final forfeiture of $57,056.75, being proceeds of some unlawful activity stashed in an account number …in the name of Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari.

“An order of forfeiture of N11,159,674.17, being proceeds stashed in an account in the name of Kayatawa Nigeria Limited.

“An order of final forfeiture of $319,000.91, being proceed of some unlawful activity stashed in the name of Kayatawa Nigeria Limited.

“An order of final forfeiture of N217,000.04, being proceeds of some unlawful activity allegedly stashed in the name of B. T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited.

“An order of final forfeiture of $311,817.15, being proceeds of some unlawful activity stashed in the name of BT. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited,” the judge held.

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45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, Launches ‘office Of The Former President’ In Florida

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45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, Launches ‘office Of The Former President’ In Florida

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump, has launched the “Office of the Former President” in Florida in a move that suggests the 45th President of the world’s most powerful country remained resolute in his fight to return to office in the year 2024.

According to a statement released, the purpose of the office will be to oversee Trump’s post-presidential advocacy, ‘Make America Great Again’.

The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organising, and public activism,” an official statement said.

President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People,” the statement added.

The former president has not made any public appearances since he left office on January 20, 2021, instead remained inside his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs as Buratai, Others Resign

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President Muhammadu Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs as Buratai, Others Resign

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new service chiefs in an effort to bring the growing insecurities in Nigeria to an end.

The appointed service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman, stated in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to him, the appointment was after Buratai and other service chiefs resigned and immediately retired from service.

The resigned and retired service chief were the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanked the outgone service chiefs for their dedication and commitment towards securing and protecting the lives of Nigerians.

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