Former Senate President, Senator David Mark has slammed the Economic and Financial crime commission (EFCC) over allegations of fraud levelled against him by the commission, describing them as unfounded and senseless. According to a statement made available to BigPen Online on Monday, Senator David Mark confirmed being invited by the anti-graft agency and was asked questions relating to the 2015 campaign finance for his political activities in his home state of Benue. However, according to the statement signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, he was particularly baffled about another question that bothered on alleged bribery of all senate members in 2010. He said they alleged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid over N2billion into a bank account run by the National ...
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has revealed that the fear of restructuring led to the “desperate search” for oil in the North. Ekweremadu stated this while presenting a lecture titled “Restructuring and the Nigerian youth” at the third edition of the Adada Lecture series, organized by the Association of Nsukka professors at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The lawmaker in his lecture pointed out the fears of a sections of the country adding that the glory days of oil is numbered. “Some are afraid of survival under fiscal federalism. They feel they are better off with free monies from Abuja which could actually be a pittance compared to what they could generate if they begin to access the bountiful wealth buried in their soils. "I have also noticed a de
A new commissioner of Police has been appointed in Delta state following a major shake-up of the Police High Command. This re-deployment is coming following the approval of some CPs to proceed for the senior executive course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos. A police signal detailed, DTO: 061808/11/2017 and CE.4000/FS/FHQ/ABJ/V.3/202, shows that Zanna Ibrahim and six other senior police officers from across the country have been nominated and asked to proceed on a course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru Jos. Another police signal with this numbers DTO: 15835/12/2017, and TH.5362/FS/FHQ/ABJ/V.7/512, signed by Sgt Ibrahim Saidu, Force Secretary Admin, and obtained by our correspondent
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke. This is a popular saying with deep connotations. However in this context, the EVIL is that in which a man “shut up his bowels of compassion towards his fellow man”. This is the state in which the world is. People are reluctant to help their fellow man because of the supposed “backlash” or misinterpretation of their deed, inability to discern those in distress, fraudsters, etc. All of this makes even the most compassionate individual skeptical of providing help . However, people still unconsciously follows a man who has set himself apart to be a blessing to all inspite of how dire and unpredictable the situation may be at times. That is the case with Nigeria’s former minister
Nigerian Governors Forum has refuted Governor Ayodele Fayose’s claim, saying Fayose is acting on his own. The governor also drew attention to the fact that fayose was not at the meeting when the money was approved by the federal government to tackle insurgency and so therefore he should not be taken seriously. In a statement made available to BigPen Online, the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state stated that the decision to allow the government access the money was a collective one by the governors’ forum. “I am saying that that statement by Governor Fayose was an unfair cut against the forum. "When a decision is taken by the forum in one’s absence, once there was a quorum at the meeting where the decision was t
The Federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC) has distributed the November allocation to the three tiers of government; Federal, States and Local Government. This allocation which is based on revenue generated for the month amounted to the tune of N609.95 billion which is N77.23 billion more than what it shared in the month of October according to Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation. Mr. idris gave the breakdown of the allocation to the three tiers with the Federal Government receiving N248.2 billion which represents 52.68%, the states got N125.9billion representing 26.72% and the 774 local councils receiving 97.06 billion which represents 20.06% of the allocation. He also said that Oil producing states got N54.48billion which repres...
There has been reports of civil unrest in Kaduna as youths on Saturday attacked people living in the badarawa area with dangerous weapons. The youths who are popularly called the “yan shara”(sweepers) also attacked traders and people who were travelling along the popular Katuru road, stabbing and seizing mobile phones and money from any person they come across. The cause of the riot could not be ascertained as residents fled for safety. However, the Police immediately arrived after a distress call and also made a number of arrests. According to reports from PREMIUM TIMES, one of the arrested youth said they were coming from the venue of the centenary Durbar celebrating 100 years since the creation of Kaduna state which took place at the Murtala square, Kaduna. A v
Delta State Governor okowa’s job creation scheme has been endorsed by the world bank describing it as a model for other states to emulate. This was made known in Asaba on Thursday by a senior education specialist at the world bank,Dr. Tunde Adekola who was speaking on behalf of the international financial institution. Dr. Adekola observed that Delta state is the only state that has demonstrated its commitment to skills development in practical terms. According to reports available to BigPen online, Dr. Adekola who was present at the Products Exhibition and Business Fair by beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s job creation scheme said “The world bank will continue to support the Delta State Government in the areas of skills and technical development and will
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would need the full support of the south-west to regain power in the 2019 general elections. Seriake Dickson who also is the Chairman of the Party’s National Reconciliation Committee said this when he led the committee on a visit to the former Governor of Ogun State. In a statement issued on Thursday by Mr. Dickson’s special adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei and available to BigPen Online, Governor Dickson affirmed that the PDP would need the support and wise counsel of Gbenga Daniel and other south-west leaders and also pleaded with Mr. Daniel to sustain the continuous participation in the affairs of the party. “we come with greetings from the leadership of the p
The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with the olu of warri kingdom, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli on his 2nd year anniversary on the throne. In a statement in Asaba on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor congratulates the Warri Monarch and noted his efforts in keeping Warri kingdom peaceful and because of that it is investor-friendly. "Your majesty, because you have done a lot, it is almost unbelievable that you are just two years on the throne. You have impacted do much on your people and the whole of Delta state and Nigeria as you have brought uncommon zest and creativity to the throne by ensuring unity among various kingdoms.” Also In the statement available to BigPen Online, Governor Okowa thanked the Olu of Warr