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Woman attack, strips husband’s Facebook friend naked in Anambra

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A woman, Tochukwu Azota, has attacked and stripped her husband’s Facebook female friend naked in Amawbia, near Awka, Anambra State.

Our correspondent learnt that the husband had invited one Ogochukwu through Facebook to their matrimonial home in Amawbia.

The wife, noticing the strange visitor, reportedly locked up the two lovers in the house and went to call her friends who came to beat up the guest.

A family source told our correspondent that “the woman was stripped naked, beaten to a pulp and her nude video sent on the social media.”

“We tried to intervene but her assailants stopped everybody from coming in until they pushed the woman out of the gate naked.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the story to our correspondent, said three persons had been arrested.

He said, “One Okafor Ogochukwu of Osile village Ogidi reported at the Central Police Station, Awka that she was invited by her male Facebook friend, one Ifeanyi Azota, to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia.

“While the suspect’s friend stripped her naked and flogged her several times, the principal suspect was busy video recording the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.”

The PPRO said the scene of the incident had been visited by police, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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FG prepares 2020 budget, warns against inflating personnel cost

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The Federal Government has commenced the process for the preparation of the 2020 budget with a directive to Ministries, Departments and Agencies to avoid inflating their personnel budget.

The government also issued a warning to chief executives of all agencies of the government against the introduction of ghost workers in the personnel payroll, adding that such action would not be condoned.

The warning is contained in the 2020 Personnel Budget Call Circular issued and personally signed by the immediate past Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

The circular with reference BD/2000/EXP/S.651 was dated May 24, 2019.

It was sent to the Chief of Staff to the President, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, all ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

Others are the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, all Chairmen of Commissions, all Permanent Secretaries/Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments and the Auditor-General of the Federation.

The document, which was obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja, noted that it was necessary to commence the process of preparing the 2020 personnel cost budget early to enable diligent exercise.

This, it noted, would ensure adequate budgetary provisions for MDAs’ personnel cost as well as submission of the 2020 budget proposal to the National Assembly by September of this year.

In recent times, there had been a delay in the passage and signing of the Federal Government budget due to disagreements between the executive and the National Assembly.

As a result of the power tussle between the executive and the legislature, the budget implementation had always commenced very late into the year.

For instance, the 2011 budget was passed on March 25, 2011, while that of 2012 was passed on March 14 of that same year.

For the 2013 budget, it was passed by the lawmakers on December 20, 2012, and signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2013 while 2014, 2015 and 2016 budgets were also signed in the month of May of each year.

The 2017 budget, which was submitted to the lawmakers in December 2016, was not passed and assented to until the month of June 2017.

The 2018 budget, which was designed to consolidate on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, was presented to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.

It was passed by the lawmakers on May 16, transmitted to Buhari on May 25 and assented by him on June 20.

The document said, “It is necessary to commence the process of preparing the 2020 personnel cost budget early to enable a diligent exercise which will ensure adequate budgetary provisions for MDAs personnel cost, as well as submission of the 2020 budget proposal to the National Assembly by September 2019.”

To guide against the insertion of extraneous items, the circular said the payroll templates for all MDAs had been prepared using applicable salary structures as approved by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

The circular read in part, “The payroll templates for all MDAs have been prepared using applicable salary structures as approved by NSIWC.

“MDAs should note that payment of salaries and allowances are for legitimate staff members only. Any unauthorised payments from personnel costs will attract appropriate sanctions.

“Therefore, you are required to complete the personnel template in line with extant rules and regulations. Only persons employed in the public service of the federation should be on the nominal roll.

“Employees due for retirement as of December 31, 2019, should not be included in the 2020 nominal roll. Please check this carefully as violations will be treated as a wilful introduction of ghost workers which may attract sanctions

“A list of all employees due for retirement as of December 31, 2019, must be attached separately with your submission to the Budget Office of the Federation. The list will be cross-checked against the existing nominal roll with BOF.”

The circular informed the head of agencies of the government that they were to assign non-regular allowances only to those employees who were clearly entitled under the terms of service, and circulars issued by the NSIWC.

It stated, “MDAs are required to reflect appropriate grade level/step for all the staff members, including provisions for annual increments.

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President Buhari has not approved state police — Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari has not approved the formation of state police structures as being reported by some newspapers, the Presidency said on Monday.

A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari Monday rather received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

It said the president requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.

”President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel is set up to produce the white paper.

”The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.

”Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole,” the release said.

The debate over the creation of state police has heightened in recent months with the rising insecurity across parts of the nation.

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Obasanjo’s fear on Islamisation, Fulanisation real, says CAN official

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Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) National Director, Legal and Public Affairs Samuel Kwamkur has reaffirmed that the fear raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Islamisation and Fulanisation was real and should be taken serious by concerned Nigerians.

Kwamkur stated this yesterday in Jos while briefing reporters on the state of the nation.

According to him, “the position of the former president is simply a repetition of the stand and position of CAN leaders long before now.”

He said: “If what Obasanjo said should be doubted, what is the justification for the community cleansing by killer Fulani herdsmen who jump on innocent communities in the night, killing them and taking over their communities? We never saw any far-reaching steps taken to bring these killer herdsmen to book!? How can you justify the Federal Government’s establishment of a radio station for Fulani?”

He said: “CAN commend the former President’s boldness to speak out at this critical period of the nation.

“We wonder what will become the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians if respected and bold leaders like Obasanjo are no more there to speak.”

Kwamkur, who was speaking on behalf of the CAN President, called on the Federal Government to take seriously the alarm raised by Obasanjo and act on it if they are to be trusted.

He said the former president spoke the minds of many people, urging the government never to intimidate him for the sake of peace.

“CAN believes that the foundation for Islamisation of Nigeria has since been laid by the makers of the Nigeria Constitution and some previous leaders of Nigeria.  Particular examples are the provisions made in the constitution for the operation of Sharia laws and courts. This makes the common law and the sharia law to be operating in the same constitution.

“This naturally has divided the nation into two and sets the tone for Islamisation. The implication of this scenario is confusion. Furthermore, as we have said before, the registration of Nigeria, (a secular state) as a member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) by military fiat is a further confirmation of deliberate Islamisation of the country,” Kwamkur said.

On insecurity, he said the  increase and expansion of insurgencies, armed bandits, armed robbery, kidnappers and killer Fulani herdsmen have continued unabated.

He called on government to be bold enough to take responsibility and be sincere in providing convincing lasting solutions.

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