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Imo Govt Vows To Recover Loots From Pension Fraudsters Says 8 Persons Collect N330m Yearly

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Imo state government is set to confiscate and recover all properties acquired by those behind payroll fraud in the state just as it made a shocking revelation that only eight Pensioners have been earning a whooping sum of N330m annually as a pension.

These revelations were made yesterday by the state commissioner for information, Declan Emelumba, in two different radio programs, My Radio FM and Zanders Radio FM both in Owerri.

The commissioner assured that the government will prosecute all those behind the payroll fraud in the state in addition to recovering the properties they acquired with money they fleeced from the public treasury through fraudulent manipulation of the payroll.

He explained that the delay in clearing the outstanding pension, which he said was barley two months, was because the government was determined to cleanse the rot in the pension scheme once and for all. adding that the cleansing process was almost over and that the Pensioners would soon be paid.

He argued that even from the phone in by some of the Pensioners during the radio program, they admitted that they got their Pensions up to March while some said up to April, “it goes without saying that what we are talking about here is an outstanding pension of barely two months, contrary to the propaganda that government was owing four months Pension arrears.

The commissioner said further” What is instructive here is that this government has been paying Pensions since January when it came into office. But along the line, there was a need to cleanse the rot discovered in the pension regime so this was what caused the delay in paying the few outstanding months”.

According to the commissioner, there were a number of discrepancies discovered which include people earning salaries as government staffers and at the same time earning pensions, using wrong BVN or wrong account numbers to get pension and people being paid more than their due as a pension.

He explained that the eight people earning N300M as annual pension was not the only such case of people earning more than their due as a pension.

The commissioner appealed to Pensioners to exercise a little more patience assuring that in no distant time every Pensioner will receive his Pensions promptly as at when due.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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