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Edo 2020: ‘I Will Invest My Security Vote On Removing Indigents On The Street, Rural/Urban Electrification’-Gov Aspirant



An aspirant in the forthcoming Edo 2020 gobernosrhip election, Ambassador Dion Osaigie, Friday February 28, promised to use his security vote to invest on rural and urban electrification and to take indigent children out of the street if voted into power.

Osagie, who made the promise in Benin City while briefing newsmen and declaring his intention to contest in the forthcoming gobernorship election, noted that there was nothing wrong if security vote is collected and invested back on the people.

The gobernorship aspirant, who is yet to disclose the party under which he is going to contest, bemoaned the leadership style in Nigeria and particularly in Edo State, saying Nigeria has greedy and failed leaders.

Amb. Osagie formerly declaring his intention to contest in the forthcoming Edo 2020 governorship election.

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He said, “I am going to collect security vote but invest it on removing children from the streets and also invest it in providing electricity to the people.The whole city is totally dark. Even at 7:00 clock, go to Ring road, everywhere is dark.

“There is nothing wrong in using parts of our security vote in investing on solar power. There is nothing wrong in using parts of our security vote in investing on the young boys in the street. So, our security vote would be channelled towards rural and urban electrification, security and removing children from the street.

Amb. Osagie being hailed some women during the declaration.

“Nigeria leadership is a failed one and we have very greedy people who don’t want to move the nation forward. We need leaders with compassion, leaders with love in their hearts, leaders who are willing to move our people to he next level. For instance, look at how things are going in Edo State. Personally, I don’t think we have a good leadership in Edo State.”

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He said another area of his priority is security, stressing that if given the opportunity he would address the issue of security and hunger in the land.

Amb. Osagie declaring his intention to contest the position of governor as the people hail him

The 38 years old youth and philanthropist lamented that as a result of hunger and lack of job, many youths have been pushed to crime and other social vices.

He said if the youths are invested in and gainfully engaged, corruption and other crimes would be reduced to the minimum.

Fighting corruption firstly, you have to create a sustainable income for the young people. When young people are sustained, corruption is going to be less. These young ones have a lot of potentials so, when you give them something doing, they will not have time to fight for one political godfather. When young ones have jobs there will be less corruption”, he added.

He danced with Benin cultural troop who came to entertain guests at the event

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According to him, as an individual philantropist, he has been able to remove several indigent children in the street and have over 150 sponsored to nursery and primary schools, stressing that they are all going to be sponsored to university level.

He said if as an individual he has been able to achieve such feat, if given the opportunity to become governor, he will do more.

“I as an individual, I have been able to create an education system that provides free education for over 150 indigent students. So, if Edo people vote for me I will be able to do bigger things”, he said.

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Obaseki Warns Against Open Grazing, Solicits Stakeholders’ Support



Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the ban on open grazing in the state still remains, warning that anyone found wanting will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The governor said this while addressing stakeholders during an interactive session on the Edo State Regional Development and Benin City Master Plan, held at Iguobazuwa, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the State.

Obaseki who reassured the government’s commitment to the safety and security of residents, called for the collaboration and support of all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful, secure and prosperous Edo State.

He said, “Any herdsman in our bush without permission is working against the law of our State, and anything that happens, they can’t blame anyone.

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“Let us be sure that nobody gives that person the permission to enter our forest and if permission will be granted, let us know the type of permission given to them to come into our bushes or forest to graze with their cattle.

“Open grazing is banned in Edo State. If they are in your forest, let us know where they are because we have police and vigilantes who will help us get them out through a number we will give you to call.”

Obaseki added, “Anybody that wants to do ranching business should contact you, the community people and you will decide on the land to use and method of feeding their cattle. They should do the business with you and not invade our forest indiscriminately as if there are no owners. The forest and bushes belong us.”

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Nigeria Air: EFCC Arrests Ex-Buhari’s Minister Over N8bn Fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over an ongoing N8 billion money laundering probe of Nigeria Air.

Vanguard gathered that Sirika arrived at the Federal Capital Territory Command of the EFCC at about 1:00 pm on Tuesday.

Sirika is currently being quizzed by the EFCC investigators over alleged fraudulent contracts awarded by him to a company known as Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika.

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Recall that, in February, EFCC investigated the activities of the Aviation Ministry under Sirika for conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and contract inflation.

Others are criminal breaches of trust and money laundering amounting to N8,069,176,864.00 during Sirika’s tenure in office.

Apart from being listed as the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar is said to be the sole signatory to the company’s two accounts, domiciled in Zenith and Union Banksy.

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It was gathered that the ex-minister’s younger brother, Abubakar Sirika, has been arrested and detained by the commission in connection with N3,212,258,930.18 paid to his company, Engirios Nigerian Limited’s, bank account by the former minister.

It was noted that there is no trace of work done on any of the contract items to date.

Sirika was arrested Sunday February 4 to assist the commission in its probe of the Aviation Ministry’s financial expenditures during his tenure.

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BREAKING: EFCC Freezes Over 300 Accounts Over Suspicious FX Flows



The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, says the anti-graft agency has discovered another worse scheme other than crypto trading platform Binance and its system.

He said the agency has frozen about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

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The scheme popularly called the “P to P” peer- peer financial trading scheme has operated outside the official banking and financial corridors and there was a looming disaster that could further crashed the Naira value that has continued to gain.

“There are people in this country doing worse than Binance,” he said, adding that over $15bn passed through one of the platforms in the last one year, outside the financial regulations.

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