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Alleged N4bn Theft: Soludo Visits Obiano In Abuja

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The Anambra State governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has visited his predecessor, Willie Obiano.

Obiano was arraigned on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N4,008,573,350 theft.

The anti-graft agency arraigned him on nine counts, bordering on “stealing and corruption,” before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: EFCC To Arraign Obiano Over Alleged ₦4bn Fraud Wednesday

Recall  that the EFCC on March 17, 2022, arrested Obiano at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while he was preparing to board a flight to Houston, the United States of America.

It was gathered that, as a result of the trial, the former governor had his passport confiscated, and this will stop him from embarking on any overseas trip.

Soludo, who visited Obiano in his hotel in Abuja on Thursday, said he had a very useful discussion with the former governor but did not disclose details of the discussion.

READ ALSO: Obiano Arraigned Alleged Over Money Laundering

The governor, who disclosed the visit on his verified Facebook page, said he was accompanied by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Sly Ezeokenwa.

He said, “Today, and in the company of the APGA National Chairman, Ezeokenwa Sly Jr, I paid a solidarity visit to my respected predecessor, Chief Willie Obiano, in Abuja.

“The two-hour chat was valuable time well spent. By His grace, this one too shall pass.”

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Aiyedatiwa Declares Public Holidays In Ondo To Honour Late Akeredolu

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Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo state, has declared Thursday, 22nd and Friday, 23rd of February 2024 as public holidays in the state to honour the late governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The two work-free days, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, in Akure, will allow the people of the State to participate in the burial activities of the former Governor.

Recall that the burial activities of the late governor Akeredolu started last Thursday.

READ ALSO: Funeral Arrangements For Akeredolu Commences Today

Other activities include Ajabue( traditional rites) slated for Owo, on Wednesday, a special court session, at the Ondo State High Court Headquarters,
Hospital Road, Akure, by 10am

The lying in State and Commendation Service, will hold same day at the Akure Township Stadium, by 1pm, Evening of Tributes, at St Andrews Church,
Imola Street, Owo, from 4pm – 7pm

On Thursday, February 22 (Public holiday), a service of songs holds at St Andrews Cathedral, Imola Street,
Owo, by 4 pm.

READ ALSO: [BREAKING] PHOTOS: Akeredolu’s Remains Arrive Nigeria

The wake-keep, will hold at Maranatha Villa, Owo, by 8pm while a candlelight Procession & World Gyration by the Kegites Club, holds at 8pm till Dawn

On Friday, February 23 (Public holiday), the Funeral Service will take place at St Andrews Church, Imola Street, Owo by10 am, Interment follows immediately after the burial service at the burial site, Owo, (Strictly for immediate family) while reception follows at Mydas Hotel and Resort, Ikare Road, Owo by 1pm.

Akeredolu Memorial Friendly football match, will take place at the Akure Township Stadium, Akure, by 3 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

The thanksgiving Service holds at St Andrews Church, Imola Street, Owo, by 10 am.

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JUST IN: Tinubu Appoints New CEO Of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit

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President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday approved the appointment of Hafsat Bakari as the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, pending her confirmation by the Senate.

Bakari replaces Modibbo Tukur who was relieved of his job by Tinubu in June 2023.

The appointment was contained in a statement by Tinubu’s Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Ajuri Ngelale.

Bakari was described as a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing.

READ ALSO: Obasanjo Advocates Law To Curb Organ Trafficking

Before her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the NFIU, she served as Deputy Director at the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and was at different times the Head of the General Services Unit; Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit, and Head of the Board Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The statement added that Tinubu, “anticipates that Ms. Bakare will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to full discharge in this critical role, especially in view of his administration’s war against illicit financial flows and other sharp practices currently prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets”

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Petrol Tanker Drivers Suspend Nationwide Strike

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The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has suspended its planned nationwide strike.

The suspension follows a meeting of the association with the federal government and stakeholders on Monday after tanker drivers stopped lifting petroleum products.

Yusuf Lawal, national president of NARTO, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

NARTO had requested that oil marketers review freight rates after the deregulation of the downstream sector.

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In a letter dated February 15, 2024, addressed to the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the association said oil marketers turned down its request, stating that it can no longer continue with operations due to the state of the economy.

NARTO stopped operations on February 19 — the same day a meeting with the federal government ended in a deadlock.

However, after a meeting with the federal government in Abuja on Tuesday, Lawal said the association has agreed to suspend the strike.

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Speaking after the meeting, he said the association has reached a meeting point with the marketers.

Lawal said they have agreed to commence operations with immediate effect.

According to him, the strike was suspended due to the economic hardship.

“We’ll commence operations immediately,” he said.

Lawal said the marketers had proposed additional freight rates, saying there is room for improvement.

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