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NTDC BOSS, SALLY MBANEFO IN TROUBLE OVER N500M FRAUD —…Quizzed By ICPC .. 4 NTDC Staff Arrested … Begs Prominent Nigerians to Intervene

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For Sally Mbanefo, the Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), this is not the best of time.

Mbanefo is currently running from pillar to post to ensure she was not consumed in the alleged N500milliom scam which is rocking the NTDC under her watch.

Problem started for her as a result of a complaint by workers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress over illegal employment, abuse of office, diversion of funds and recruitment without due process at the NTDC

According to the petition sent to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences (ICPC), Mbanefo was said to have misused N52,014,821 released to the corporation as capital budget from March to July 2014. She was alleged to have diverted the sum of N200million meant for training, the money was allegedly traced to the account of friends and associates of the agency.

The NTDC was also said to have procured a 200KVA used generator instead of 500KVA brand new generator as approved. The supplier of the said generator is said to be on the run.

A girlfriend of a popular Nollywood actor was said to have collected the sum of N5million for Nottingham carnival but did not attend the carnival, sources squealed that NTDC had nothing to do with the carnival, that the carnival was used as a conduct pipe to siphon the said money

The petitioner stated that the sum of N23million was allegedly released to former SA to former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke and currently a CEO of one of the parastatals in the Culture and Tourism Ministry to support Facilitating Nigeria, a project an NTDC staff who craved for anonimity described as another phantom project which was conceived to milk the agency dry.

She is also alleged to be enmeshed in illegal employment and recruitment without due process. According to the petitioner, Mbanefo breached the civil service procedure by employing non-career officers Director level, one of them was a junior staff at Tantaliser while the other one was a retrenched staff from a collapsed new generation banks before they were employed.

Mbanefo was invited by the ICPC in a letter dated December 2, 2015, honoured the invitation on 7th of December 2015 and was granted administrative bail. She was also at the ICPC office penultimate Wednesday and was said to have been further grilled by operatives of the ICPC.

In a bid to ensure that the ongoing investigation of alleged fraud did not consume her and her job, Mbanefo allegedly begged some prominent Nigerians to plead with the power that be to save her job. She was said to have begged a very senior Catholic Reverend and a serving Minister from the South East to intervene on her behalf but this National WAVES gathered has not yielded the desired result.

Some staff of the agency have commenced fasting and prayer to ensure the agency which was hitherto reputed or its dynamism embraced its lost glory.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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