1) FG begins disposal of forfeited assets in 25 locations
The Federal government on Tuesday said it has commenced the process of disposing final forfeited assets currently situated in 25 locations across the country.
Chairman of the Inter ministerial committee on the disposal of federal government of Nigeria forfeited assets and Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Apata (SAN), who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, stated that the committee had collated and was still updating all forfeited assets to the federal government.
While he did not give details of the locations, Apata explained that the team would embark on an on-site verification and auditing of the assets to confirm their existence and current state.
2) PTF says schools may be shut if spike in covid-19 positive cases continue
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said schools across the country may be shut if COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise.
The PTF stated this in a video posted on its Twitter handle on Monday.
In the video, the National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed said: “The issue of school reopening is something that the PTF has discussed very extensively. The ministry of education decided to open the schools. Based on our own understanding, it was the states that actually wanted to have the schools reopened.
“Now, the PTF is watching this very closely, we are monitoring what is going on and if we find out that cases continue to rise in the country and we start to have incidences in schools, certainly, we will have the schools closed.
3) Those calling for probe of ex-service chiefs unpatriotic –Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Tuesday, described Nigerians calling for the probe of the immediate past service chiefs before the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “unpatriotic.”
Speaking during a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide, the Information Minister stated that “our service chiefs obey the rules of engagement.”
“To the best of my knowledge, our service chiefs obey the rules of engagement and where there are infractions, there are internal regulations and internal mechanisms to address them.
4) 21 years jail term awaits cultists in Lagos
The Lagos House of Assembly late Monday passed a bill banning the activities of cultists and related illegal societies across the state into a law.
The new law stipulates a 21-year imprisonment for anyone found guilty of engaging in cult activities. It also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone convicted of abetting cultists or who allows his premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.
After its passage, the Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon.
5) FG Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline By Eight Weeks
The Federal Government has extended the linkage of the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) by eight weeks.
News of the extension was contained in a statement signed by spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission.
According to the statement, which was dated February 1, the extension was approved by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.
6) FG committing suicide by selling assets to fund budget— Peter Obi
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that it’s suicidal for the Federal Government to be selling off assets to fund its budget.
According to Obi, selling off assets is like selling off the future for the sake of the present, wondering “what will your children use tomorrow.”
7) People Became Billionaires From COVID-19 Fund Misappropriation, Federal Lawmaker Alleges
The lawmaker representing Ukwa East and Ukwa West Federal constituency of Abia state, Honourable Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, on Tuesday alleged that COVID-19 funds were being misappropriated in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives is reportedly set to commence a probe into how N83.9 billion appropriated for the response to COVID-19 in the 2020 Appropriation Act was spent.
He warned that if the misappropriation is not controlled, more Nigerians will struggle to believe that COVID-19 is real.
“In Nigeria, Covid came to become a huge business,” he said. “It became something that the ordinary man couldn’t understand. It became something that the ordinary man felt exploited.
8) High Court Judge Discovers He's Not Biological Father Of Three Kids After DNA Test
A judge of the Delta State High Court, Anthony Okorodas, has cried out after he allegedly discovered that three children he had with his ex-wife were not his biological offspring.
According to the judge in the statement, his former wife, Celia Juliet Ototo, walked away from the marriage when the youngest child, now 17 years old, was just six.
Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano) says the Southern part of Nigeria should produce the next president in 2023 for fairness.
Gaya said this while speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja.
He said that the north had produced president for two terms in the person of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been doing well in developing the country.
According to the senator, President Buhari is doing his best for the country.
“On the issue of presidency in 2023, I will support a president from the southern part of the country. It is time we have a president from the southern part of the country while the vice president comes from the north.
“I think it should be fair to rotate the presidency in such a way that people will have confidence in the system; both the north and the south will accommodate each other. Nigeria needs to be one country. One united country,’’ he said.
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