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Ex-Rivers commissioner, council chairmen shun probe panel

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The former Rivers State commissioner for Agriculture, Emmanuel Chinda and twelve council chairmen summoned by the probe panel probing the alleged diversion of the N3 billion out of the N4 billion Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) agricultural loans to cooperatives societies during the former Governor Romtimi Amaechi regime, have failed to appear before the judicial commission of enquiry probing the illegal sale of the state properties.

Chinda and the former council chairmen mandated to appear before the commission of enquiries have rather approached the court to restrain the panel from summoning them for questioning over the matter.

The commission is said to be inundated with information about how Chinda, facilitated the distribution of the funds to the council chairmen, who represented the cooperative societies alleged to have received the N4 billion agricultural loans during the tenure of the former government.

The former council chairmen who turned down the panel invitation include; Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree (Asari Toru), Augustine Ahiamadu (Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni council), Nnamdi Uche (Port Harcourt council), Oji Ngofa (Eleme council), Mina Tende (Ogu/Bolo) among others.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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