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Diri Extends Hands Of Fellowship To Sylva, Lyon, Promises To Run All-inclusive Government

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has extended hands of fellowship to the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in the state particularly Minister of Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the former governor-elect, David Lyon.

Diri, while stating this during a thanksgiving service at the Gloryland Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, said APC leaders are Bayelsans that should work with the state government to bring development to the state.

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He reiterated his determination to run an all-inclusive government and be a governor for all Bayelsans, as he solicited support and cooperation of all political leaders in the state, including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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He urged Sylva, Lyon and other leaders of the opposition to join hands with him to build a peaceful and prosperous state.

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He said, “I will be governor of all, be it People’s Democratic Party, APC and others. We must remain united and ensure peace in our land. That is the only time we can be talking of development. Let us work together.”

He said his priority is to bring development to every part of Bayelsa State, noting that he is willing to consider even members of the opposition parties for appointments.

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“I will be governor of all, be it People’s Democratic Party, APC and others. We must remain united and ensure peace in our land. That is the only time we can be talking of development. Let us work together,” he said.

Accroding to Sun, the governor warned against crime and criminality, adding that his administration would not condone crime in the state.

“Our administration will not condone crimes and criminalities. No development can take place in an atmosphere devoid of peace,” he said.

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Diri, who assured Bayelsans that he would not witch-hunt anybody or order arrest of innocent people, appealed to Bayelsans to support his administration.

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Sources say after due consultation, the chief of staff and deputy chief of staff, secretary to the government are to be announced.

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Our Leaders Told Us Jonathan Isn’t Muslim, He Brought Boko Haram, Northerner Confesses

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The video of a Northerner sharing his view on Nigeria’s 2023 presidency is going viral.

The young man is trending for demanding a power shift from the North to the South next year.

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Dressed in a native attire with a cap to match, he accused Northern leaders of misleading the people.

The citizen is a supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

He recalled they were told that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not a Muslim.

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He also said the former leader was accused of being the mastermind of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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Parts of his words: “We were deceived during the time of Goodluck (Jonathan) that he was not a Muslim.

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“We were told he was the one that brought Boko haram. Tribalism always happens when it comes to elections.

“Look at our northern brothers that have been in government for years, what good have they done for us?”, he quipped.

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How Three Ex-bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness

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The trial of three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria facing attempted fraud charges before a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, continued on Wednesday.

The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35; Ugwu Emeka, 32; and Obike Chukwuka, 38, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.

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PUNCH Metro learnt that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.

They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.

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He said, “They conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.

“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.

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“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.

“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.

“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”

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The judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

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ICPC Clarifies Discovering Billions In Buratai’s Home

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.

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The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.

According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

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“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.

“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.

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The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.

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