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Muhammadu Buhari

On behalf of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and Nigerians in general, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates First Bank Nigeria Limited on its 125th anniversary, which historically and remarkably marked the commencement of banking in the country in 1894.

President Buhari joins the financial services industry, particularly the banking sector, in celebrating the purposefulness, prudence and propriety that has become the hallmark of the bank for more than a century and quarter, while congratulating the Board, management and staff for upholding the vision of the founder, Alfred Lewis Jones.

The President salutes the vision and strength of character of the management in providing a voice for the Nigerian economy by rendering competitive financial services that have culminated in spread of branches across the country, Africa and Europe.

As the oldest bank in Nigeria, the President believes First Bank Nigeria Limited has lived up to the expectation of customers over the years, both private and public, necessitating its survival and continuous service as a formidable training ground for many Nigerian bankers and chief executives, who have also established banks and served the country as Governors of Central Bank of Nigeria.

While celebrating the milestone and great achievements of First Bank Nigeria Limited, President Buhari commends banks in the country for generally supporting government policies in buoying the economy, especially with the renewed focus on infrastructural development and providing financial lifelines for businesses, urging them to always explore partnerships that will benefit the country and promote trust.
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 Abba K. Yusuf

Press Statement by  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reads:

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its candidate, Abba K. Yusuf, is the rightful winner of the Kano state governorship election, saying any declaration that does not reflect such cannot stand.

The whole world knows that the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, won the Kano state governorship election since March 9, 2019, having fulfilled the constitutional requirement of securing the highest number of votes and the statutory 25% in two-third of the state.

The so-called governorship supplementary election in Kano is a national disgrace and a mere figure allocating exercise by compromised INEC officials, who collaborated with power drunk politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to award results to the APC candidate.

The party therefore cautions INEC against any attempt to import contrived figures from the illegitimate March 23 charade as such will be a clear recipe for anarchy and serious crisis in the state.

The people of Kano state have a long history of firm resistance against corrupt and oppressive forces. Their will must therefore not be stretched in this election.

The Kano people have abundantly expressed their rejection of the corrupt and incompetent government of Abdullahi Ganduje and his party, the APC, and no amount of machination can cow or force them to abandon their resolve for a new governor in Abba Yusuf.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization
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The Nasarawa State police command has confirmed the death of a Mada lady who was raped to death by some suspected Fulani herders in Andaha village area of Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

The incident happened when some Mada ladies said to be returning from a wedding ceremony were waylaid by suspected Fulani herders who raped one of them to death. The incident sparked the anger of Mada youths in the area who launched an attack that claimed the life of a Fulani boy.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital on Sunday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, said the command received information on Saturday that some Mada young ladies who were returning from a wedding were accosted by some suspected Fulani herders who captured and raped one of them to death.

According to him, one of the ladies reported the incident to their village and the youths in the area mobilised themselves and attacked the Fulani settlement. He said the fracas led to the death of a Fulani boy.

He added that two leaders of the warring communities tried to address the crisis, but said all their efforts could not yield any success as some of the angry Fulani herders numbering over 200 in the area also launched a reprisal in Maite and Ndem where they burned down 27 houses.

According to the police boss, no life was lost during the attack. He said the command had already drafted some of its personnel to the area to maintain of law and order.

His words, “At about early hours of Sunday, some suspected Fulani herders numbering over 200 launched a reprisal on two villages, namely Maite and Ndem in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state and burned down 27 houses.”
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has alleged that a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, fraudulently received interest on the Nigeria Police fund lodged in a fixed deposit account with a bank.

In a released signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC said the allegation was contained in a statement made by a banker, Aibangbe Maifuwa, to a Federal Capital Territory High Court 7, sitting in Apo, Abuja.

ICPC said, “The banker, Mr Aibangbe Maifuwa, a Business Development Manager with WEMA Bank Plc, who testified before Justice S. C. Oriji, in a case brought against Ehindero by the ICPC, said the money which was N10.3m was part of proceeds from N300m police fund he allegedly kept in a fixed deposit account with the bank.

“The banker, who was led in evidence by the ICPC’s lawyer, Zainab Nass, told the court that the retired police boss had fixed the money at a 10 per cent interest rate per annum, between July 11, 2006 and January 19, 2007.

“In his response to questions put to him during cross-examination by Ehindero’s lawyer, K. O. Omolola, the banker said the former IGP had written to the bank requesting that the accrued interest on the N300m fixed deposit, amounting to the sum of N10, 364,283.77, be paid to him in cash, while the principal sum be paid through a WEMA bank cheque in his favour.”

ICPC said the retired IGP and a former Commissioner of Police in charge of budget at the Police Force Headquarters, Mr John Obaniyi, who were present in the court, were being charged with multiple counts bordering on mismanagement of police funds and abuse of office.

It added that the case had been adjourned to May 13, 2019 for continuation of hearing.