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By Moses Emorinken, Abuja/ THE NATION

Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have unanimously agreed to embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, August 2, 2021. This is coming at a very critical time when the country is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections; the signal of a third wave of the pandemic

The association however reached the decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was attended by over 50 of its members across the country. They noted that the government has failed to honour and implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with the doctors over 100 days ago. It particularly demanded the immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.

The President of the NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who made these known in a statement, also noted that despite efforts by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in ensuring that the Medical Residency Training Funds is captured in the supplementary budget, the Federal Government has failed to disburse the funds to members.

“The NEC noted the suspension of the total indefinite strike action one hundred and thirteen (113) days ago due to government promises as entailed in the Memorandum of Actions (MOA) signed at the instance of the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige.

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By Adeniyi AdewoyinHE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate Niyi has accused Nini of attempting to dominate the House and playing the victim card.

Niyi said this while discussing with Beatrice and Yerins on Sunday.

Niyi insinuated that Nini acts cunning by trying to form a clique in the House but with the wrong set of people.

“She feels like there is a space that she needs to dominate and she’s trying to dominate it in a very rude way but the people she’s trying to dominate it with when they come for her she will now play victim.

“When you have low self esteem but you want to use arrogance to cover it up. I noticed it a long time ago,” he said.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday took into brief custody the immediate past President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki in connection with the ongoing investigation into how a N17billion bond was spent during his tenure as Kwara State governor.

He was also grilled on alleged diversion of N9billion fraud by his successor as governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Ahmed who was finance commissioner during Saraki’s tenure as a governor, had earlier been interrogated by the EFCC.

The cash in question h was allegedly diverted between 2011 and 2019.

Saraki was expected to explain projects executed with the N17billion bond during his tenure.

The bond was obtained in 2009 .

A source in EFCC told The Nation that Saraki was brought to the commission at about 2.30pm.

Saraki was let off last night.

He said he was asked by the EFCC to come after he attended a wedding reception in Abuja.

He said there was no big deal honouring an invitation by a state agency.

“He is being quizzed in respect of the N17billion bond and the ongoing probe of alleged diversion of N9billion during the tenure of ex-Governor Ahmed,” the source said.

“In the course of interacting with the ex-governor (Ahmed), some issues cropped up and it is important Saraki is investigated.

“We have been on this case since December 2020 and we have reached a convenient bend to invite Saraki.

“On this same case, a former Commissioner for Finance under Ahmed, Ademola Banu has been arraigned for alleged fraud.

“Banu was put on trial alongside Travel Messenger Company Limited and one Olarewaju Adeniyi, on nine counts before Justice Babangana Ashigar of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, Kwara State.”

The source said the EFCC had conducted a comprehensive investigation into the N17billion bond which has generated issues among Kwarans.

The source said:” We have a report on the N17billion but we want Saraki to clarify all allegations since he was the one in charge.

“Some aspects of the report are:

“Asa Dam Mixed Use Development project: The project had N2billion allocated from the bond. However the sum of N83.688 431.68 was spent on consultancy by ECAD Designs Limited and nothing else was done.

“Ilorin Water Distribution Project was allocated N2, 000,000,000. However, N3, 736,505,126.49 was spent on the project. The only contractor for the project was C.G.C Nigeria Limited. An analysis of the Kwara state Government’s First Bank of Nigeria Plc account revealed that the sum of N1billion was paid to C.G.C apparently for the project. Investigation is still ongoing.

“Another project which benefitted from the bond is Kwara State University with a N1billion vote. But a total of N1, 675 607.905 23 was spent. The project had the following contractors: Charvet Nigeria Limited, Akit technology Limited, Integrated Concept Limited, Golden Consult and the University Itself.

“The project was handled by the Ministry of Works and the Commissioner at the time was one Kolawole Abdulrauf Shitttu. Investigation revealed that Mr. Shittu and one Engr. Akintola Taiwo are both directors and the accounts signatories to a company called PTL Consult Limited. Shittu is also a signatory to another company called Strudev Consultancy Services. Analysis of the companies’ accounts and the Mr. Shittu’s personal account revealed that transfers were made by Charvet Nigeria Limited and Archon Nigeria Limited; the two companies were among the contractors of the University Project.

“The Managing Director at Archon was invited and he stated that he was the project manager for the construction of the Kwara State University and that he was informed by the State Government that PTL Consult is the consultant on the project and that he worked with Engr. Taiwo during the period which was why they made payments to PTL Consults’ account.

“Efforts are being made to arrest Mr. Shittu.

“Concerning Kwara Mall, the fact-sheet claimed that the project was allocated N500million and the entire sum was utilized by the Ministry of Commerce.

It added: “The Permanent Secretary was unable to provide us with details of how the money was spent but did state that they were in partnership with a private company; Persians investments Limited and that the Kwara mall was constructed and is being fully utilized. A search of the company showed that they were into real estate and property management; parts of their properties included Kwara mall, Viva Cinema, Polo Park Enugu among others.

“Analysis of the company bank statement showed N500million paid to the company by the Kwara State Government on the 10th of June 2010. While the investigation is ongoing, the sum of two million USD $2,000,000 deposit was traced to one of the company’s accounts. The depositor is being tracked by detectives and all relevant agencies.”

Regarding irrigation project, the EFCC detectives alleged that the “document recovered from the Accountant-General did not show this project but the Permanent Secretary stated that the project ,also known as Shonga Irrigation Project ,was handled by the Ministry and the contract was awarded to C.G.C Nigeria Limited for N2,998,966,827. However, only N882, 944,215 was paid to the company. He further stated that the project was later taken over by the Federal Government.

On the International Aviation College, whose licence was suspended recently, the detectives, in their report ,said it was allocated N1.5billion from the bond but N2,448.663.386.56 was spent in on the construction and purchase of equipment.

“Contractors that handled the project were: Godab Nigeria Limited. Henry George Nigeria Limited, ECAD Design (Consultants) and the college itself. The College is alleged to be fully owned by the Kwara State Government and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) R C; 746511. Its board included the current State Governor, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Razak Atunwa (a former commissioner in the state) Popoola Captain Shadrack Taiwo and Yusuf Tunde. The registrar of the college was invited for an interview and questioned on the finances of the college as well as aspects in which the college handled during the construction of the college. He stated that the bursar of the school died recently but most contracts were handled by one Harlequin Aviation Information Service Limited (HAIS).

“A search at the company found that one Yusuf Tunde is a Director as well as signatory to the accounts of the company: he is also a Board member of the Aviation College. Based on this the accounts of HAIS were placed on caution and the company’s representative is to report for an interview on the 30th of August 2018.

The report clarified the status of loan refinancing by the state government.

It said: “The prospectus of the bond stated that Kwara state had indebtedness of N4, 980,000 in external loans out of which N3.3billion amounted to legacy obligations preceding the then administration They proposed utilizing N2, 400,000,000 from the bond proceeds of the bond to service part of the legacy obligations which were (a) African Development Bank(AFDB)- construction of four specialist hospitals in Jebba, Offa, Oke-Ode and Sobi at a cost of N1,440, 828, 000; (b) AFDB-equipment procurements to the four specialist hospitals; ( C) World Bank Essential Drug Projects.

“The total debt was N3, 301, 162, 42. Only Documents obtained from the Accountant-General of the State did not show any indication that monies were paid to AfDB or the World Bank instead another list with heading ‘OTHER PAYMENT’ showed the names of Government Agencies and private companies being paid a total of N974, 896,343.47.

“The companies were invited. One of the companies, Lolada Investment Limited reported and stated that they were awarded a contract valued at N285, 652, 200 by the Kwara state Government to install CCTV system for Ilorin metropolitan.”

Spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren , confirmed the arrest and detention of the former Senate President, last night.

Uwajaren said Saraki was invited for questioning over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

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By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Maria has revealed that she’s angry with Yerins because he saw her naked.

Maria disclosed this during a conversation with Arin, Nini, Pere, and Saga after the Saturday night party.

She noted Yerins has always been coming close to her but they are just friends the same way she’s friends with other housemates and that does not warrant him looking at her nakedness through the mirror.

“Yerims saw me naked through the mirror. I hate it. Don’t see me naked. I’m not your fucking girlfriend,” she told Arin, Nini, Pere and Saga.

“Why would you see me naked? He’s been coming close to me. I’m not dating anyone so it’s not bad for us to be close but don’t intrude and see me naked. I feel some type of way”.

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By: Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba had recommended immediate suspension of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari from the Nigeria Police Force pending outcome of an ongoing internal investigation involving him.

Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, was indicted by a US Court in California over alleged involvement in internet fraud of over a $1.1million by with Ramoni Abba aka Hushpuppi.

Kyari has since denied any involvement in the internet fraud case which victim was said to be a Qatari businessman.

But the IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July 2021, noted the recommendation for suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

He said: “The suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.”

A four- man panel has been set up by the IGP to investigate the FBI’s indictment.

The panel is expected to thoroughly review documents sent to the Police Force by the FBI.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.”

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By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eyes housemate, Angel has adviced Beatrice to step up her game in the house else, she would be evicted next week.

She told the divorced mother one to find a way of relating more with other housemates so she won’t be up for eviction next week.

Beatrice who broke down in tears had complained to Angel that she’s confused on how to socialize in the house making her feel uncomfortable.

“I don’t know what’s happening in the house. I want to socialize with everyone but don’t know how to,” said Beatrice while crying on Friday night.

Advising her, Angel said: “if you no vibe, them go nominate you and you dey go house next week.”

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates, Angel and Boma seemed to be Beatrice’s guarding angels as they talked her out of her gloomy state on Friday night, July 30.

After the 22 housemates won their first wager and Abeg task, Biggie declared a feast for the housemates as well as a jacuzzi treat.

However, while other housemates were basking in their victory and feast, Beatrice didn’t really look like she was in the mood to party.

For the most part of the feast, she appeared quite sober and didn’t budge when Princess asked her to join in the fun.

However, Angel noticed her sombre state and approached her. Angel then engaged Beatrice in a conversation and warned her that if she maintained that stance she might get voted out by the viewing public if she got nominated. The realisation seems to hit her as she loosened up.

After her conversation with Angel, Beatrice was joined by Boma for a chat following her gloomy look. Boma also spoke to her to loosen up and enjoy the fun. Moments after her conversation with Boma, Beatrice changed into a bikini and joined other partying housemates.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates Sammie and Angel are fast taking their closeness to another height.

The feast declared by Biggie for the 22 housemates after winning their first wager task gave the two an opportunity to get all mushy and cozy in the jacuzzi.

The feast and the party had Sammie stuck like glue on Angel all through the night from the jacuzzi to the room.

Obviously happy for Sammie’s performance during the task, Angel seemed to enjoy every moment. Sammie, according to Biggie, deserved applause and an award for his brilliant performance in the task.

Several housemates were also spotted getting extra cozy as they huddled together.

Saga, and Nini, Pere, and Maria spent quite a while in the bathtub. The four housemates kept enjoying the moment with discussion, wines, and barbecue.

Not to be left in the fun is Emmanuel and Liquorose. The two were mostly in each other’s company all through the party.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

Current Head of House Peace has mistakenly identified Liquorose and JayPaul as the wildcards.

Peace, who has been quite open about her suspicions and eagerness to find out who the wildcards are, has been seen to have conversations with different people to prove who the wildcards are and why she suspects them.

Towards the end of the week, Peace was spotted having a conversation with Boma,

Arin and Pere about her new suspicions.

In another conversation about her latest suspects with Tega, Peace was sure Liquorose and JayPaul were the wildcards.

One of the reasons she gave was that Biggie did not ask them about who the wildcards are in their Diary Sessions.

“They are the wildcards,” she said as she also picked up on a statement made by JayPaul about letting the wildcards stay in the house as her proof.

Interestingly, Peace’s suspicion held sway as Arin and Tega also hold on firmly to the belief that JayPaul and Liquorose are the wildcards.

However, Boma and Cross do not seem to be convinced because they are not sure JayPaul would decide to come into the house as a wildcard following how he lost a chance to be in the house last Season.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

One of the wildcards in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye house, Pere, has continued to keep his true identity away from others.

The U.S.-trained Nurse has a firm bite on the prize money and not letting anything get on

his way.

Interestingly, a number of the housemates trust him so much that they keep opening up about their suspicions and he is even helping them search for the wildcards.

At different times, Pere maintains his cool and looks at other housemates straight in the eye, and nods away in agreement.

On Thursday night, during his Diary Session, Pere guessed that Maria or Nini could be the second wildcard because their Dairy Sessions preceded and followed his respectively.

Pere was able to make a simple guess because of the tricky hint that Biggie gave the Housemates who had been begging for a clue.

Pere comforted Maria who was a ball of nerves while the housemates were on the hunt for the wildcard.

‘Don’t worry, the lion will protect the cub,’ were his words to her, insinuating that he had it under control.

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