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Nigerian Baptist Church debunks claims of rice transactions with any supplier

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By Muhammad Tanimu, Abuja

The president Nigerian Baptist convention, Dr Israel Akanji has disclosed that the church never had rice business transaction with any supplier to the tune of N5 million.

He stated this on Monday while briefing journalists at the Church headquarters in Garki, on the activities of a fraudster, who he said wanted to drag the church into the mud.

According to him, one Emmanuel claimed that he was asked by the church to supply rice, and went to the media claiming that he had made the supply worth five million and the church only paid him five hundred thousand as part of the money.

“Last Friday I recieved a call from a radio station in Abuja, asking me whether my church or I had a rice transaction with one man, Emmanuel. According to Brekete Radio that called me, that the man said supplied rice to our church but we refused to pay him.

“Sometime in May this year, one man came to our church here, that he was looking for one Pastor Philips, that he asked him to supply rice which he did and it’s worth M5 million. I then called all the pastors outside but he didn’t identify the pastor he claimed among them.”

Akanji stated that the church was not involved in rice supply transaction business with any person or supplier, and will never be part of crooked arrangement.

“There is no how the church will enter into rice transaction without any written agreement or document backing it, again the church transactions are done in the public and within its premises” he said.

He asked the man to steer clear of the church and go to the place or store where he did the supply.

According to him, “I asked the man where he supply the rice, he said it was in Dei-Dei under the bridge, later again he claimed that he supplied it at a store somewhere, it is very clear that the man was duped by fraudsters and not the church”

The President who is also the senior pastor of First Baptist church, Garki in Abuja, said the church activities are open and are always being carried out within church premises.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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