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EXCLUSIVE: National Assembly Service Commission Members Share 27 Vehicles As “Parting Gifts”

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EXCLUSIVE: National Assembly Service Commission Members Share 27 Vehicles As ‘Parting Gifts’

By Daily Hint   9/8/ 2018

An unprecedented crisis is currently rocking the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) over the sharing of the Commission’s vehicles by the Chairman of the Commission and 12 other National Commissioners whose tenure expired on 28th of July 2018.

The sharing of the vehicles by the officials has created severe anxiety and concern among the workers of the Commission who believe that the immediate past Commissioners and the Secretary to the Commission have defrauded the nation of vehicles worth several hundreds of millions of naira.

In a circular titled “Release of Toyota Hilux and Peugeot 508 Motor Vehicles” dated 26th, July, 2018, the Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Olusanya Ajakaiye instructed the Director of Procurement and General Services, Mrs Patricia Ibecheazor to release 14 NOS Toyota Hilux and 13 NOS 508 Vehicles to the Chairman and members of the Commission. Secretary to the Commission was also captured in the disbursement of the freebies.

The circular which was obtained by Daily Witness reads, in part, thus:

“At the 484 meeting of held on Wednesday, 26th JuIy, 2018, the Commission approved that letters of release of the Toyota Hilux and Peugeot 508 vehicles be issued to the Chairman and members of the Commission.”

But a source speaking on condition of anonymity, referred to the development as “forcible taking away of government vehicles, since they are not due for auctioning,” stressing that the action of the former Commissioners should attract severe punitive measures.

The source explained that upon their appointment as Chairman and Members (Commissioners) of the Commission, Toyota Camry vehicles were sold to them based on monetization policy of the Federal Government.

He said the vehicles that have now been “stolen” by the former Chairman and Members of the Commission were bought in December 2017 and are not due yet for auctioning, arguing that with the current development, the Commissioners have taken three vehicles each in breach of due process and in flagrant disregard for the incoming members of the Commission.

“We have never had this kind of fraudulent Commissioners before at the National Assembly Commission. The vehicles we are talking about were purchased only eight months ago, without faults, and in spite of all the pleas for these people to leave these vehicles behind for incoming members, they refused. It was discovered that the Chairman of the Commission, and his Commissioners, working with our very corrupt Secretary of the Commission had stolen these vehicles which they shared without any knowledge of the National Assembly Management.”

According to the visibly angry staff member at the Commission, there was no due process carried out on the boarding of the vehicles, which is a normal practice carried out by any government Ministry, Department or Agency after such vehicles have been used for up to 4 years.

Inside sources authoritatively confirmed to Daily Witness that extant laws of the procurement procedures were not followed for the said Peugeot 508 purchase as approval from the Senate President who is the Chairman of the entire National Assembly was not obtained before “ dashing out” the vehicles.

“There are government due processes to boarding vehicles, not individuals stealing them for their personal use,” the source said. Another source added: “The Chairman and Members (Commissioners) ran their shows without any regard for government due process”.

The beneficiaries of the largesse are Dr. Adamu Fika (Chairman); Dahiru Bako Gassol (North East); Alhaji Adamu Ningi (North East); Alhaji Abubakar III (North West); Alhaji Rufai Tuta (North West) and Elder Stephen Yepwi (North Central).

Others are Alhaji Abdulkadir Abugi (North Central); Hon. Abel Chukwu (South East); Godfrey Di

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno

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Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated

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Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

By Daily Hint News

Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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Army Confirms Death of COAS, General Attahiru in Kaduna Plane Crash

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Army confirms death of COAS, General Attaihiru in Kaduna plane crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Fruday confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Atahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna .

The Army in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said.

Army Confirms death of COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru in Plane Crash,he said ” the Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru . The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew”

The statement said “the COAS was en-route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.”

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon”, General yerima added.

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