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Buhari sacks Paul Boroh, appoints new coordinator for Amnesty Programme

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Charles Quaker Dokubo , a professor, as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.

A statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said Mr. Dokubo replaces Paul Boroh , a retired brigadier-general.

Mr. Dokubo is currently director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and hails from Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers State.

Meanwhile, the President has directed the National Security Adviser (NSA) to carry out a full investigation into the activities of the Amnesty Programme from 2015 to date.

The matters to be probed, the statement by Mr. Adesina said, include “allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that are allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.”

The retired brigadier general’s real offences are unclear at this time.

Mr. Boroh was appointed to the position from which he has now been removed on July 28, 2015.

He replaced Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta, who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme.

At the time of his appointment, he was charged with the speedy resolution of hitches in the implementation of the amnesty programme, such as the non-payment of outstanding allowances to ex-militants
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Allegations of corruption and ineptitude have always dogged the Amnesty programme.

Mr. Kuku, who Mr. Boroh succeeded was once summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on allegation of massive looting of funds meant for the amnesty programme.

He declined EFCC’s request to report for questioning on July 28, 2015 on medical grounds, promising to do so on September 30, 2015.But he has remained outside the country ever since.

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Blackout looms in Nigeria as six power stations shut down

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Total blackout looms as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has shut down six thermal power generating stations to enable the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) pipeline carry out repairs on a ruptured gas pipeline.
A statement released today by the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, says the repair work and the total shut down of the power generating stations has rsulted in the drop in power supply.
According to Mbah, the six thermal power generating stations were unable to generate electricity due to the gas pipeline and the technical issues at the Shell gas wells. The company listed the affected power stations to include Ihovbor, Azura, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin power stations. TCN said the six power generating thermal stations had managed to generate 60MW only on each of its units, losing a total of 211MW.
Mbah also said Afam VI power station was shut down so that Shell oil company could resolve its gas well issues to enable it commence gas supply to Afam VI power station.
“With a total loss of 1,087.6MW into the grid, the transmission system has become quite fragile and TCN is working hard to avert a collapse of the system, by engaging in load-shedding. Load-shedding, is to ensure that available generation is commensurate with what is allocated to DisCos nationwide, to create a balance and avert grid instability,” Mbah said in her statement
The FCT and some states have been affected by this development. Mbah however stated that efforts are being made to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday

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Here is today’s summary from
Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Super Eagles of Nigerian will today by 8pm kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia against Croatia at St. Petersburg Stadium.
Just yesterday, two African countries – Morocco and Egypt lost their opening games against Uruguay and Iran respectively.
2. The Chairman, the Patriots; Project Nigeria Movement; and Igbo Leaders of Thought, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was trying to redeem his fading image by proclaiming June 12 as the Democracy Day. Nwabueze said the President may have been “motivated by the public interest or by a political desire to secure the votes of Nigerians in the 2019 election, especially the votes of people of the South-West or to sow the seed of division among the members of the National Assembly in order to scuttle the threat to impeach him or to throw the country into turmoil or to smear the polity with the taint of illegality”.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has suffered both in politics and in the military. The president, who spoke while playing host to the delegation of residents in Abuja led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, said that his journey in politics had been very challenging.
4. Three persons were on Friday reported dead in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia Statew with two policemen and a soldier were reported dead in the melee
This was due to a bloody clash between personnel of the Nigerian Army attached to the Ngwa High School Forward Operation Base (Charlie Coy) and personnel of Mobile Police Force (PMF 55) unit in Osisioma Local Government Area of the State.
5. Another batch of 157 Nigerians, including nine pregnant women, on Friday voluntarily returned from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Abraham Tamrat, Programme Manager, Migration Management Unit, IOM, Lagos, confirmed that the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 4.15a.m. aboard a chartered flight.
6. Nigerians from different segments of the society trooped out en masse on Friday to bid a final farewell to the late Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, who was buried in Ikoyi, Lagos. Many of the attendees, who defied an early morning rain in parts of the city to be part of the occasion, had words of praise and commendation for the late sports enthusiast that died on May 30, 2018 at the age of 60.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the long-delayed budget into law on Tuesday. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said he expected the delay would have little effect on government projects.
8. A Methodist presbyter, Very Rev. Kayode Akande, and two other church leaders kidnapped by suspected herdsmen in Osun State have regained their freedom.
The cleric identified as Bankole, an engineer and one Omodunbi, were released on Thursday by their captors.
9. The immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, says he is happy with the manner with which he is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Lawal said this during a programme on Channels Television titled, ‘Hard Copy’ which was aired on Friday.The former SGF said despite his ordeal, he was still close to the President.

10. Soldiers attached to the 144 Battalion under the 14 Brigade of Nigerian Army with headquarters in Ohafia, Abia State have rescued a kidnapped victim trapped inside the boot of a car being driven by a gang of kidnappers. The soldiers also arrested three members of the gang operating in Aba, the commercial nerve of the state and its environs, and recovered cache of ammunitions and guns which they allegedly use for their operation.

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Zamfara killings: I’m helpless, says governor as he directs residents to God

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Abdul’aziz Yari, Zamfara state governor , says he cannot direct security officers on what to do or sanction them, despite being the governor and chief security officer (CSO) of the state.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Yari lamented the recurring killings in the state.
He condemned the prevailing situation where as the chief security officer, he could not take decisions on strategies for protecting the state and its people.
Yari urged people of the state to be more faithful to God and embark on special prayers over the security challenge.
“We have been facing serious security challenges over the years but in spite of being governor and chief security officer of the state, I cannot direct security officers on what to do nor sanction them when they err,” he said.
“As chief security officer, the nomenclature in just a name.”
The governor lamented that it was disheartening that killings in the state had continued in spite of Buhari’s order to security agencies to end the incessant blood-letting.
He said the state government was spending huge amount of its resources on security but to no avail.
He also appealed to them to be patient and continue to cooperate with the government and security agencies as steps were being taken to address the challenges.
“We cannot keep quiet while our people are being killed daily. We are going to cooperate with all stakeholders to bring the situation to an end,” he said.

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