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Crisis Rocks Senate Over Secret Recruitment

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Crisis is allegedly brewing in the Senate over the employment slots allocated to  the lawmakers  by some federal agencies.

Some aggrieved senators have vowed to resist the sharing method  allegedly adopted by the leadership of the Senate to allocate  the slots.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that  the agencies  gave the legislators the   slots  through their leaders.

But  the slots were allegedly shared among the 10-member body of principal officers.

According to sources, many of  the lawmakers   are particularly bitter that their leaders allegedly shared   the 100 slots allegedly given the Senate by  the Federal Inland Revenue Service among themselves.

An aggrieved senator from the South-West,  said on condition of anonymity, “We  were given  100 slots by  the FIRS but our  leaders   shared the slots  among themselves.”

A ranking senator  from the North-West said,  “We have information that one of the leaders gave  26 slots to people in his senatorial district. There is a problem in the Senate already, because the leadership has cornered jobs meant for the entire Nigerians.

“Does it mean that you must know a senator  before you get a job?  Nothing is being done on  merit. How will you get the best brains?

“The implication of this is that many people are being offered employment without undergoing any interview.

“They give them appointment letters because they know the leaders of the Senate. How can a single senatorial district get 26 slots when others have nothing?”

But a Senator from the South-East, who also  spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that he expected every legislator to have been  given a slot.

A  member of the Senate Committee on Federal Character, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that there was a crisis in the Senate following the development.

He said, “The fact that the leaders allegedly collected 100 slots and share  them  among themselves has  shown that we cannot win the war against the lopsidedness that we talk about in this country.

“Some of our colleagues are already coming to lobby us to take it easy with the probe but we are going ahead with it.”

Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, the Chairman,  Senate Committee on Federal Character, Danjuma La’ah, said  he was aware that some agencies  had been  boasting that nothing would come out of the (secret recruitment)  probe because they had allegedly reached out to the leaders of the Senate.

The committee is probing the allegations that some agencies had been secretly recruiting without  advertising the jobs.

La’ah said, “We are hearing that some agencies will not honour our invitation because they have connection with the Senate leadership.  I am not aware that any agency gave out employment slots to the Senate.

“The leadership has not told us that they received any slot.

“As the chairman of this committee, who is also representing Kaduna South,  I am  not in any way aware that we have been given any employment slots, so we are going ahead with our probe.

“I have taken it upon myself that I will probe deeply into the agencies’ claims and carry out an extensive investigation.  We are going to expose all those that are tarnishing the image of the Federal Government.

“We are aware that some of the agencies are selling employment slots  for as much as N1.5m when we have children who have not got  jobs since they graduated.

“Some have become bandits and terrorists because the jobs meant for them have been cornered by some greedy people. Young educated Nigerians are joining Boko Haram because of  a lack of jobs.”

On when the agencies  would  appear before the committee to defend themselves,  La’ah said, “Never mind, they will appear soon.”

He added, “President Muhammadu Buhari is not happy with what is going and he has been looking for a way to sack people with bad records. I even want him to use this as a yardstick to sanitise the system.”

La’ah said on Friday  the committee  had  asked the officials  of the affected agencies to appear before them  this week.

The  committee last week started investigating  the allegations of secret recruitment  by some of the federal agencies.

They include the FIRS, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, National Space Research  and Development Agency, the National Open University and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

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Buhari’s Son-in-law, Kumo, Others Allegedly Embezzled N31bn National Housing Fund, ICPC Declares Them Wanted

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Gimba Yau Kumo, and two others were on Thursday declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission over diversion and misappropriation of $65 million National Housing fund.

Kumo, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, who in 2016 married Buhari’s second daughter Fatima; Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola, were declared wanted over misappropriation and diversion of $65 million National Housing fund.

A statement signed by Azuka C. Ogugua, ICPC Spokesperson, urged the public to provide information about the whereabouts of Mr Kumo and his cohort.

The statement read, “The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr. Tarry Rufus, Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr.

Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with issues bordering on misappropriation of National Housing Funds and diversion of the sum of Sixty Five Million dollars ($65,000,000),” the commission said.

“Anyone who has useful information on their whereabouts should report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of the ICPC State Offices or the nearest police station.”

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Driver arrested for allegedly stealing his principal’s car (photo)

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Ibeh George Udoka, for allegedly driving his principal’s Toyota car to Imo State for sale.

 

A statement released by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the state police command, states that on May 4th at about 1pm, one Mrs Akinola Ibironke came to Idimu Police Division and reported that her driver by name Ibeh George Udoka, whom she handed her Toyota Corola vehicle, with Registration No. ABC 801 FU, to deliver to her mechanic for repairs, on 3rd May, 2021, was no where to be found, and his phone number had been switched off.

”The Police operatives attached to Idimu Division of the Lagos State Police Command swung into action and relayed repeated radio messages to all police formations across the country for possible recovery of the car.

Due to the command’s continuous tracking of the driver, the Lagos Police operatives alerted the policemen in Edo State, on 6th May, 2021 and the driver was intercepted with the car in Benin City, on his way to Imo state.

In response to the call from Edo State Command and in compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, the police operatives from the Lagos State Police Command proceeded to Edo State Command for the recovery and apprehension of the suspect.”Adejobi said

 

Driver arrested for allegedly stealing his principal

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Buhari lauds NDLEA performance, promises to enhance operational capabilities

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President  Muhammadu Buhari has praised the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on its performance.

Buhari said this during Tuesday’s security council meeting which he presided over at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The agency, whose Chairman, Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), was appointed in January, will receive the full support of the Buhari regime to enhance its capabilities and potentials, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), said.

Monguno said he had earlier informed the council on the enabling factors of crime, prominent among which is drugs, and the need to respond swiftly to mitigate its growing threat to society.

He said, “These enablers were discussed in detail and Mr President has already given direction on how to deal with them, specifically issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the criminal justice system much more effective, as well as looking at issues of unemployment, which of course, the federal executive council had given approval, through previous memos on how to get 100 million people out of poverty, that was also discussed.

“For the intelligence agencies, they are also operating within certain parameters to suppress these problems, but the most important thing, as I said, is that we have to subjugate all other requirements to deal with the present crisis of insecurity in the country.

“All other national objectives, obligations, have to be subordinated to the primary concern of bringing back security and normalcy to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and allowing the entire citizenry to undertake their legitimate obligations, without any fear of being intimidated or coerced by non-state actors.”

When answering questions on how criminals sneak in arms and train in the bush without intelligence agencies rounding them up, Monguno said, “Yes, you are already aware that a few days ago, the President approved the setting up of the National Commission for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, which will be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser, side-by-side with the counterterrorism centre.

“Now, these two organs will be like the lead agencies in dealing with these twin evils.

Of course, the issue of smuggling in small arms, light weapons, incendiaries and other dangerous items, is something that has been a nagging issue.

“But there are measures in place, especially with the setting up of this committee, to bring to a speedy end, the challenges posed by the importation of small arms and light weapons.

“And remember, these small arms and light weapons don’t just have one entry point, they have multiple entry points.

“Of course, we are considering the use of other enhancers to deal with these issues.

“Alongside the issue of importation of drugs. This was part of the memo I presented to the National Security Council.

Already, Mr President is very much inspired and motivated by the new leadership in the NDLEA.

“And he is also working on measures to further enhance the capabilities and potentials of the NDLEA, which he is very, very happy about the performance in recent months.

“So for the issue of intelligence, intelligence is doing what intelligence is supposed to do. “And intelligence comes in various forms.

“So we’re also looking at human intelligence to deal with some of these problems that are far more complicated than they appear to the naked eye.”

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