Ortom Denies Involvement In New Mega Party

Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, has denied the allegation that he, along with other governors of 16 states are involved in a plan to float a mega party to rescue power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 election.
In a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, the governor stated that he was not part of such plan.

In the statement, the governor stated that as the standard bearer of the APC who was popularly elected by the people of the state and is still enjoying maximum support of the people as he continues to deliver good governance.

He noted that for these reasons, he could not have been involved in any clandestine plot to launch another political party.

Ortom said he did not at any time attend any meeting where the formation of the said new mega party was discussed.
He added that he had neither discussed such an idea with anyone nor given it a thought.

“Ortom is a loyal member of the APC and is in full support of the leadership of party under the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. The governor also believes that the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari is what the country needs to overcome the current challenges and is committed to supporting Mr. President to succeed.”

He said the whole world was applauding President Buhari for his anti-corruption crusade, integrity and discipline, adding that what the president deserves is support from Nigerians and not distraction.

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Wike Denies Plan To Dump PDP

Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has denied media reports that he is planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a yet-to-be new political party.
Wike, is one of the PDP state governors backing the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party, and has remained one of the voices of the opposition in the present democratic dispensation.
The media have been awash with reports that the governor, along with other state governors, is planning to join forces with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to float a new political party, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
But, Wike, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, Barrister Chris Itamunola, told newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday that there is no aota of truth in the report.
Insisting that the report lacks credibility, the governor stated that the allegations were mere speculations arising from his openness to interact with people irrespective of their party affiliations.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has called on the people of the state to come out enmasse and vote for PDP candidates during the legislative rerun elections scheduled to hold on December 10, 2016.
Harry-Banigo, in a statement issued in Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday explained that the only way for them to be effectively represented at both the National and State Assembly is for them to come out in their numbers and cast their votes for the PDP government led by Wike whose performance has endeared the administration to the people.
She also called on the people of Rivers West Senatorial District to see the re-run election as a period to re-enact their seal as they did in the March 19, 2016 re-run election which was cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for no justifiable reason.
The Deputy Governor advised Rivers people and non-indigenes alike to vote wisely and refuse to be intimidated by desperate politicians and other enemies of the State who are bent on instigating violence during the re-run election, stressing that “God would not allow them to succeed as God’s hand is on Rivers State.”



Dasuki Denies Knowledge Of FG’s Offer To Attend Father’s Burial

A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Raji and counsel to the detained former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki has said he didn’t receive any offer from the Federal Government granting Dasuki permission to travel to Sokoto to attend the burial of his late father and 18th Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki who was buried on Tuesday.

The counsel who spoke with the judiciary journalist at the FCT High Court Abuja said that the purported offer was doubtful because none of his lawyers was contacted on the issue.

He said: “As his counsel, we are not aware of that offer. Our client has not told us anything of that nature. We would have expected that if such a gesture was going to be made to him, we as his counsel should have been involved so that we can advise him properly. As I am speaking to you, I am hearing of this for the first time.”

Raji said there was no basis for the continued detention of Dasuki by government having being granted bail by three different high courts in Abuja in the charges against him as well as the order of the ECOWAS court for his unconditional release in the case for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to freedom of liberty.

He said “Dasuki has been granted three bails and one outright judgement for his release by the ECOWAS court which is binding in honour on Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the trial of former National Security Adviser on the alleged arms deals filed against him by the Federal Government at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has been adjourned to December 7, 2016.

The trial was put off at the instance of lawyers from the prosecution and defence sides who jointly agreed that the mood was not proper for the trial of the Ex-NSA whose father and the 18 Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki was just buried on Tuesday in Sokoto.

Dasuki was not brought before the court for undisclosed reasons but his counsel Mr. Ahmed Raji told the judiciary journalists that the former NSA was still mourning the sudden passage of his father.

The counsel hinted that although the matter was not officially mentioned before Justice Baba Yusuf who was billed to conduct the trial, all lawyers involved in the matter felt that the period was not good for the trial and hence their joint agreement for an adjournment till December 7, 2016.

Apart from Dasuki all other defendants in the matter comprising former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Director Finance and Supply in the Office of the National Security Adviser Salisu Shuaibu  and Alhaji Aminu Baba Kusa were present in court.

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South Korean President Denies Following Cult As Scandal Continues

The South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, has publicly denied falling victim to a religious cult as scandal threatens to engulf her leadership.

Appearing close to tears in a televised address, she apologised for allowing a long-standing friend inappropriate access to government policy-making.

She agreed to be questioned over the scandal but did not offer to resign.

Choi Soon-sil is suspected of using their friendship to solicit donations to a non-profit fund she controlled.

Ms Choi is in detention facing charges of fraud and abuse of power.

 The main opposition party said the president’s apology lacked sincerity and it called on Ms Park to step back from state affairs.

Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators demanding Ms Park’s resignation in central Seoul on Friday.

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MTN Denies Illegal Transfer Of $14 bn From Nigeria

South Africa’s MTN has denied it illegally transferred $13.9 billion from Nigeria in the latest scandal to hit the telecom firm in its largest market in the continent.

The Johannesburg-based firm is facing a parliamentary probe over accusations it connived with senior Nigerian officials to move the funds out of the country without complying with the law.

“We would like to reiterate that at no point did MTN Nigeria (MTNN) illegally repatriate funds out of Nigeria or collaborate with Nigerians to loot the external reserves of the country,” Ferdinand Moolman, the chief executive officer of MTNN told the Senate hearing in Abuja on Thursday.“MTNN is a Nigerian company and is proud to be conducting business in Nigeria. It therefore categorically refutes any accusations of money laundering, economic sabotage or tax evasion levied against it,” he added.

Moolman said all monies repatriated by the company were in respect of dividend payments and capital divestment originating from legitimate foreign direct investment.

“The dividend payments were made to shareholders who imported foreign capital for investment in MTNN,” he said.

Moolman also exonerated Nigeria’s Trade and Investment Minister Okechukwu Elenemah from the alleged capital flight.

“We would like to state that Dr Elenemah has never been a director or shareholder of MTNN,” he said, adding that the minister had not connived with the company to move funds out of Nigeria.

The parliamentary probe followed a motion last month by Dino Melaye, a senator from central Kogi state which called for MTN to be investigated over the alleged illegal transfers.

Four local banks were alleged to have been used to move the funds with the help of the trade minister.

The probe is the latest setback to hit MTN in Nigeria.

The firm was last year slammed with a $3.9 billion fine for failing to cut off 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards, amid fears that some of the affected lines were being used by Boko Haram insurgents.

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Emir Sanusi Denies Attacking Buhari

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has denied quotes attributed to him on some social media platforms, which denounced President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and All Progressives Congress, APC, as failures.

Sanusi, in a message sent to online publication, yesterday, said: ‘’The quotes were fabricated and attributed to me to create misunderstanding and disharmony between myself and the President. I do not know who is behind these quotes.

“But they seem to be part of a new and insidious strategy where quotes are attributed to individuals in order to mischievously score cheap political points and plant disaffection between persons.
“These so-called reports never state exactly where my statements were made and in what forum or in whose presence, nor do the faceless cowards behind them have the courage to write their names.”

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#EdoDecides: INEC Denies Allegation Of Ballot Box Snatching, Gunshots

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has denied report of ballot box snatching and gunshots in some polling centres during the Edo governorship election on Wednesday.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole had earlier said he received a report that some thugs allegedly snatched ballot boxes at Opoji in Esan North-East Local Government Area during the election.

Oshiomhole also alleged that the suspected snatchers shot sporadically before taking away the ballot boxes.

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Zimbabwen Sculptor Denies Mocking Mugabe

A famous Zimbabwean sculptor has insisted his statue of Robert Mugabe was not intended to mock the president.

It was widely criticised on social media as a caricature after it was unveiled at his official residence State House on Friday.

Dominic Benhura told the state-run Herald newspaper that “honestly, no-one would abuse such an opportunity”.

Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, has vowed to crack down on protests against his rule.

Tweeters questioned the sculptors motives, with some suggesting it was a reaction to being forced to make the statue.

The sculptor Mr Benhura, who has exhibited his work across the world, denied he was making fun of the president and said that people don’t understand his art.

“That sculpture was never meant to look exactly as the president’s image. I do not do exact figures.”

“This is the style I have mastered. My collectors can identify my pieces when they see them anywhere in the world because I chose to be different and that is my signature.”

Mr Mugabe also praised the statue.

He was quoted in the Herald as saying that he was so grateful that the statue stimulated “a kind of wonder, a kind of love, a kind of appreciation and satisfaction”.

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Syria Denies Dropping Chlorine Gas On #Aleppo

The Syrian government has denied claims it dropped barrels of chemical weapons on an opposition-held neighbourhood in Aleppo city that has caused at least one death and dozens of cases of suffocation.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks daily developments in the Syrian war, said more than 70 people in Sukkari were left choking and needed treatment after the dropping of barrel bombs by Syrian government helicopters.

The Syrian government has vigorously denied using chemical bombs.

The UN said it was investigating this allegation.

“Accusations by the opposition that the Syrian government dropped chlorine gas in a barrel bomb on Aleppo are likely to further increase tension in the city that is now besieged by government troops,” our correspondent said.

“The UN said that they have been investigating reports of what they believed to be chlorine gas dropped on Aleppo; they say if those accusations are confirmed that would amount to war crimes.”

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Putin Denies Democrat email Hack But Praises Leak

Russia’s president on Friday denied Moscow was behind an email hack that embarrassed White House hopeful Hillary Clinton but said it was important the information got into the public domain.

“I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this,” Vladimir Putin told Bloomberg News in an interview aired Friday.

Hacked emails leaked by WikiLeaks in July revealed that party leaders had sought to undermine the primary campaign of Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders and US officials said Russia was behind the release.

Putin slammed the accusations as attempts to “distract the public’s attention from the essence of the problem by raising some minor issues connected with the search for who did it.”

“The important thing is the content that was given to the public,” he said.

Clinton’s rival Donald Trump has made no secret of his admiration for Putin, leading some to conjecture the Kremlin strongman was working to put the real estate billionaire in the White House.



Chagoury Denies Using Donations To Clinton Foundation For State Dept Favours

Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire, Mr. Gilbert Chagoury, has denied United States media reports alleging that he capitalised on his donations to the Clinton Foundation to seek favours from the US Department of State, when Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

Following donations of between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, an aide of former President Bill Clinton, Doug Band, was reported to have pushed for access for Chagoury after Hillary Clinton took over at the State Department.

In 2009, Band wrote his friends in the department. “We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance guy in Lebanon. As you know he’s key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp.”

Huma Abedin, a longtime aide and confidante to Clinton and now vice-chairwoman of her presidential campaign, had suggested to former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey D. Feltman.

However, the Los Angeles Times newspaper quoted both Feltman and Chagoury’s friend and spokesman Mark Corallo on Monday as saying that no meeting ever happened.

Chagoury wanted only to pass along insights on Lebanese politics, Corallo said, adding that “nothing ever came off it” and that Chagoury never talked to anyone at the State Department. Band declined to comment, reported the L.A. Times.

When Band’s email was made public this month, Republican Party presidential candidate and real estate billionaire Donald Trump had pounced on it, calling the Chagoury episode “illegal” and a “pay-to-play” scheme.

In the report, the L.A. Times described Chagoury as one of Africa’s richest men, who has built a reputation as a giant of global philanthropy.

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Sheriff Denies Sponsoring Boko Haram

The former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff has dismissed the allegation that he is the sponsor of Boko Haram terrorist organisation as “rubbish” saying that he is one of the biggest victims of the organization.

Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Borno state, Hon Kaka Shehu Lawan accused Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff of being responsible for the growth of the dreaded Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, saying he should be arrested and prosecuted.

He spoke on Tuesday at one of the sessions at the ongoing annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Port Harcourt, adding that Sheriff’s over his alleged role in the emergence of Boko Haram will assuage the feelings of millions that have been dislocated by the terrorist actions of the dreaded Islamic group in one way or the other.

But in an exclusive interview, Spokesman of Sheriff, Inuwa Bwala said rather than being the sponsor of the group, Senator Sheriff is a victim of the sect having list three of his brothers to the terrorist group. According to Bwala, Senator Sheriff has instructed his lawyers to take appropriate measures against the Attorney General for the unfounded allegations.

He said officials of the present Borno state government are “more likely people to be suspected given the fact that at the time he left government, no public official has been accused of being linked to the sect”

“We need to state without any fear of contradiction that the the Attorney General is both mischievous and being economical with the truth. He is trying to cover up the fact that the agents of Borno Government are more likely to be sponsors of the Boko Haram Sect. Sheriff is more vulnerable to Boko haram because he has his three brothers killed by the sect.”

Inuwa Bwala said it is illogical for somebody who had lost three of his brothers to the sect to be their sponsor.

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Bauchi Govt Denies Link To Azare’s Arrest

Bauchi State government has denied any culpability in the alleged arrest by the police of a social media critic, Musa Babale Azare, in Abuja.

Special Assistant to the Bauchi State governor on Media and Communication, Shamsudeen Lukman Abubakar while reacting to the issue said that the state governor never facilitate the arrest of the critic by the police as being insinuated by some people.

Abubakar in a Facebook post on Sunday said that as a trained lawyer, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar respects the law and will never go against it for political gains.

He said that the governor is preoccupied with the task of attending to the needs of people of the state who voted for the APC-led administration and as such will not engage in unnecessary victimisation of its citizens.

He therefore called on people of the state to disregard the misinformation being peddled by rumour mongers over the incident.

The governor’s aide noted that the series of rumours being peddled on social media are attempts to discredit the state governor and the APC administration in the state.

He however informed that the governor will always remain focused on ways to develop the state and fulfil electoral promises made to the people despite the financial challenges being faced.

It could be recalled that Musa Azare was reported by the media to have been arrested by the police in Abuja last Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the social media critic has been released by the police on bail yesterday.

Azare who informed about his release on his Facebook page yesterday posted: “This is to inform you that I have been released on bail based on self recognition. We give glory to God Almighty, Master of the Day of Judgement.

“Words cannot express my appreciation to friends, family and thousands of supporters and admirers who took the campaign for my release to a level I never expected. I’m now safely reunited ?with my family.”

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Akwa Ibom Denies Report Of Ex-militants Invasion

Government of Akwa Ibom State has described has false, recent media reports that ex-militants invaded Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo.
Responding to the report, carried in national, local and online media, the state Commissioner for Information and Social Reorientation, Mr. Aniekan Umana said  that some persons claiming non payment of amnesty entitlements  emerged along Wellington Bassey road to the Government House, to seek the intervention of the state government over the non payment of their outstanding allowances by the Amnesty office of the Federal Government.

Mr. Umanah said the peaceful emissary of the ex-militants was however, infiltrated by hoodlums, but was promptly controlled by law enforcement agencies.
According to the him, “To maintain law and order, the unruly behaviour of the infiltrators was met with necessary and adequate control by the State Command of the Nigeria Police, who ensured  the hoodlums beat a retreat.”

The information boss who reiterated the commitment of Governor Udom Emmanuel to ensuring the safety of lives and property, maintained that “everywhere in Akwa Ibom State is calm and peaceful.” He called on all law abiding citizens and residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation from any quarters.



NAHCON Denies Buhari Gave Foreign Exchange Waiver To Hajj Pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Sunday said the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing hajj this year.

The commission’s Head of Media, Uba Mana, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria wishes to draw the attention of the public that the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s hajj,” Mr. Mana said.

“If there is one thing that the Government did for the Nigerian pilgrims, it was to allow the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment of Hajj fare in February when the current flexible exchange rate was not in action to subsist.

“It is therefore wrong and mischievous for some persons or media organisations to peddle unfounded claims that the Federal Government gave the Nigerian pilgrims a waiver,’’ he said in the statement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Presidency had earlier clarified the concessions of foreign exchange rate of N191 to one dollar for the 2016 intending pilgrims to Hajj and Jerusalem.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the policy was non-discriminatory.

He said that it had been approved before the current foreign exchange regime came into effect.

 He also said that that the Central Bank of Nigeria had confirmed the approval, wondering why the apex bank had not notified the public earlier.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been roundly condemned for approving foreign exchange concession to pilgrims at a time the economy is struggling.

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Saraki Denies Defecting To PDP, Restates Commitment To APC

For the second time in less than a week, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, has restated his commitment and loyalty to his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Media reports were rife that Saraki had defected to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after he attended the party’s senate caucus meeting on Wednesday.

But Saraki’s media aide, Bamikole Omishore, in a statement said the reports were “entirely untrue as the Senate President stands committed to the APC; a party that he helped midwife and worked for its victory in the 2015 elections.” He said Saraki’s presence at the PDP caucus meeting was in his official capacity as the Senate President and chairman, National Assembly.

“He attended the end of session event of the PDP caucus yesterday evening and spent only 30 minutes before leaving the members to continue with the event.

“The Senate President would like to assure every Nigerian that he is committed to the APC-led government and appreciates the confidence reposed in him and the APC during the 2015 General Elections.”

Omishore, on Monday, July 18, had defended his boss’s loyalty to APC, noting that the Senate President was committed to championing the ideals of the party.

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Presidency Denies Secret Recruitments In CBN, FIRS, Others

The Presidency yesterday denied alleged secret recruitment of children and cronies of government functionaries at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and other agencies and parastatals of government, describing such reports as “inaccurate”.
This is even as it gave reasons behind the exclusion of the private sector in the current Economic Management Team (EMT) headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, saying the President Muhammadu Buhari administration considers managing the economy its responsibility.
Recent media reports had alleged that cronies of officials of the present government including President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, are being secretly employed in government agencies described as lucrative.
But the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, told State House correspondents that there was no iota of truth in the reports. According to him, the government was rather sanitising the recruitment process and the public service systems to make them more transparent. “These reports are inaccurate. What we heard is that government is working to ensure that we develop, going forward, a more transparent process. We are committed in going forward to ensure that some of these procedures are refined, fine-tuned and made to become more transparent,” he said.
On the national economic management team, Akande said that it was government’s responsibility to take on the economy.
He said, ”we have to understand that the attitude of this Presidency is to consider the management of the economy as a government responsibility. It is not something that this government believes should be done by bringing in some of the private interests into the economic team to take a decision that they will be directly involved with. So our stand is that the management of the economy is a government responsibility,” he said.
Akande, however, added that the private sector was not totally excluded as other stakeholders such as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), have also been engaged by the government.
“For instance, we have started meeting on constant basis with MAN and there have been meetings with arms of the economic sector of the country. There have been meetings with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and some other economic interests with companies making presentations.
“But generally, this thing is a government team and the team has been able to set out before the budget trying to figure out what the budget ought to focus on. After the budget was presented and eventually signed, there was also the publication of the strategic implementation plan, which was produced in a reader friendly format.
“All of these are the outcomes of what EMT does and it is also in the team that you have the heap of the whole physical and monetary policy and don’t forget that the monetary policy is always the duty and responsibility of the central bank, which is an economic arm of government,” he said.

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Diezani Denies Ownership Of $18m Asokoro Mansion

The immediate past minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison- Madueke has denied the ownership of the $18 million residential mansion at Asokoro area of Abuja, with its reported furnishings of two million dollars and a bullet-proof gym, which the Al Jazeera Television claimed, in a recent broadcast, to be owned by her.

Claiming that the information being peddled by the Qatar-based television station lacks any modicum of truth, Mrs Alison-Madueke has also denied stealing any public money, as was also alleged by Al Jazeera TV to facilitate the procurement of any such phantom property or for any other matter, whatsoever.

These rebuttals were made on behalf of the former minister who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer in the United Kingdom, by her counsel, Dr. Chike Amobi, who wondered why a respected media organisation of the calibre of Al Jazeera could not conduct further investigations to ascertain the ownership of the property which it purportedly claimed was owned by the former minister.

According to Dr Amobi, rather than steal any money, “the honourable minister, our client, did her utmost best to protect the interests of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, adding that “ however, in their haste to achieve high ratings from publishing sensational stories, the producers of the Al Jazeera programme had mischievously neglected to conduct a cursory investigation of the readily available property records, which would have revealed the names and identities of the true owners of the property”.

As soon as the Al Jazeera story on the alleged expensive home of the former minister, which it indicated the EFCC had also impounded alongside her expensive jewellery, purportedly valued at about two million dollars, there was a rebuttal which was widely used in the social media, but which was given credence by the respected Vanguard Online of June 14, 2016, attempting to explain off the fact that it was not out of place for the former minister, who had attained great stature in the society and in the industry to afford the reported jewellery, which the Al Jazeera had advertised that she had acquired with fraudulently obtained resources.

However, Mrs Alison Madueke’s lawyer has equally repudiated the so-called reaction which was attributed to the embattled former minister, saying that the so-called reaction could not have originated from Mrs Alison-Madueke, even if only for the pedestrian language and syntax employed in the so-called reaction. “Anyone who knows or has spent time with our client would readily attest to the fact that she neither thinks nor speaks in that manner”, the former minister’s lawyer said. He stressed further that, “we therefore, find it disturbingly worrisome that someone would take the time to publish these seemingly favourable statements and attribute them to our client”, without obtaining her consent, nor her “imprimatur on the statements”.

Mrs Alison-Madueke stridently condemned what she described as the irresponsible journalism of Al Jazeera for broadcasting what her lawyer said were verifiably false statements against his client as much as she distanced herself from and disclaimed the ‘reactions’ that were attributed to her.

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El-Rufai Denies Arresting Beggars, Hawkers

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has denied rumours that the state has started the enforcement of the law prohibiting begging and hawking.He said the law will not take effect until after 60 days.

A statement by the Media Aide to the Governor, Mallam Samuel Aruwan, added that the police is currently arresting suspected criminals within Kaduna as part of security operations directed by the Inspector General of Police.

According to him: “The Kaduna State government has not directed the police to enforce the begging law, which is not in force yet. Malam Nasir El-Rufai has repeatedly stated that opportunities for rehabilitation would be offered to the disabled. The State Executive
Council has just approved a Disability Policy, which is a necessary precursor to the drafting of any bill or other measures to promote the rights of the disabled.”

He also remarked that: “The Kaduna State government is not in a position to impede security operations that are adjudged necessary by the relevant agencies. As part of preparations for the regional security summit, the police commands of states within Abuja, which includes Kaduna, Niger and Nasarawa states and the FCT, are undertaking security operations.

“This includes actions to remove street beggars, hawkers and all abandoned vehicles along the major roads. These actions have nothing to with the Kaduna State government. The government is engaging the police on behalf of all residents of the state, including the disabled, for proper management of the situation.”

He added that: “The Kaduna State government wishes to appeal for calm.
It commends the people for the orderly response to the fuel price adjustment by the Federal Government, and requests their continued patience until the supply of petroleum products to improves.”

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Rep Denies Complicity In Power Outage During Saraki’s Trial

There have been allegations of complicity against a member of the House of Representatives from Kwara State, Zakari Mohammed, over power outage during the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, last Wednesday.

However, the lawmaker has denied any involvement in whatever form on the power outage, claiming that the report was stage-managed and politically motivated to hoodwink the public. Reacting to the report associating him with the light-out during Saraki’s trial, he said: “I have read a story in an online medium, which insinuated that I was behind power outage last Wednesday at the sitting of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, during the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

“The said publication was not only false but an outright balderdash, sheer rubbish and a deliberate attempt to use this medium to tarnish my hard-earned reputation.

“The so-called stage-managed and politically-motivated report was designed to hoodwink unsuspecting public to believe that I am a violent political office holder.

“To set the records straight, I had no hands in the outage at the CCT Tribunal. I have no relationship with any staff or technicians at the tribunal which would have made me to influence the outage.

“I also do not work with or own shares in Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to have wielded contacts to disrupt power supply to the tribunal. “I have never met with technicians in charge of the alternative source of power for the tribunal.”

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FG Denies Reports Of $50m Ransom For Release Of Chibok Girls

The federal government on Sunday denied media reports that the militant group, Boko Haram, is demanding $50 million from it as ransom before releasing the abducted Chibok school girls.

In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said ransom reports were not new.

The minister said: “It appears we have several versions of this report. “The one that we heard was from a source that Boko Haram wants to release 10 of these girls for one million Euros.

“But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a statement.
“However, government is using its own channels to authenticate the credibility of this source,” he said.

Mohammed according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), promised that President Muhammadu Buhari would deliver on his promise to do all he could to ensure the release of the school girls.

He stressed that the promise by the president, following his recent meeting with parents of the abducted girls at the presidential villa, was sacrosanct.

Mohammed noted that the accusations that the Buhari administration appeared not to be doing enough to secure the release of the more than 200 Chibok girls was not fair.

“No day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at the front burner. But these are highly security and intelligence issues which cannot always be discussed openly.

“But I can assure you that, for this government, the return of these girls is what is going to bring the final closure on the Boko Haram terrorism and we are working very hard, daily on it,” he said.

The minister restated government’s position that it had made significant progress in the fight against Boko Haram.

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CCT Denies Withdrawal Of Charges Against Orubebe

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has denied the withdrawal of the charges against former of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe.


There were media reports , yesterday claiming that the federal government has withdrawn its charges against the accused. However, the CCT, in a statement in Abuja, said that there was nothing of such and that the reports were misleading.


A statement issued by the Head, Press & Public Relations, Mr. Ibraheem Al-hassan, said in part, “Our attention at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has been drawn to recent publications from some section of mass media, indicating that the Federal Government has withdrawn charges against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Peter Orubebe.


“The Tribunal is compelled to refute the said publications. The purported withdrawal of the case was quoted to be based on the case being fundamentally defective. “Pursuant to the above, CCT advices that, to the best of our knowledge based on available records, as at the time of this report, the information is misleading, distortive and as such it should be ignored. “The case of Mr Godsday Peter Orubebe before CCT in Charge NO: CCT/ABJ/02/15 is on-going. What transpired in court in the last session held on 8th March, 2016 was a substitution of the initial charge with a newly filed charge by the prosecution, of which leave was sought from, and granted by the Tribunal. The case had been adjourned to 7th April, 2016. Thus; there is no withdrawal of the case by the prosecution”.


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Ribadu Releases Statement On Dasuki Money Scandal

former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has denied receiving any money from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Ribadu said those trying to discreetly plant a story against him in the media should come forward with documentary evidence to suggest that he collected money from Mr. Dasuki or had made some refunds to government.

“My attention has been drawn to insinuations in certain quarters of my purported repayment of some monies I was allegedly given by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd),” Mr. Ribadu said.

“For the record, let me categorically state that I had nothing to do with the former NSA while he was in office. I cannot remember meeting him at anytime while he held sway.

“It is therefore shocking for me to be accused of receiving something from someone I never had any relationship with, not to talk of refunding money he gave me.”

Mr. Dasuki is currently facing prosecution for his alleged involvement in a $2.1billion arms fraud when he was the NSA.

Mr. Ribadu said he did not receive any money from the former NSA either directly or through a proxy.

“There is therefore no reason for me to make any refund,” he said.

“Also, I have not been contacted by any security agency on this matter to warrant any action of that nature on my part.”

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Kaduna Police Denies Killing Shiite Members

The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday denied reports that its men killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria during a protest at Tudun Wada area in the state capital on Tuesday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that none of the sect members was killed by policemen during a protest.

He further explained that the policemen were only sent to the area to forestall any break down of law and order following rumours that members of the movement were planning to embark on a violent protest in the state capital.

He also explained that the sect members were the ones that attacked the police patrol team with dangerous weapons, an act he said, prompted the policemen to use teargas to disperse the soaring protesters.

Zubairu stated that a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been stationed at Tudun Wada and other volatile areas in the state capital to maintain law and order, but advised members of the public to be law abiding and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

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Sports Illustrated Denies Photoshopping Serena Williams’s Thighs

Sports Illustrated revealed that Serena Williams was its Sportsperson of the Year, an already rarefied honor that’s made even more so by the fact that Serena is a woman.

But there is something about the cover — specifically, something about Serena’s legs. The discussion has become less about Serena’s achievement and more about whether or not SI had Photoshopped Serena’s thighs to look smaller.

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Buhari Denies Receiving $300,000 Compensation From Jonathan For Boko Haram’s Attack On Convoy

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to claims he received a compensation of $300,000 from former President Goodluck Jonathan after Boko Haram terrorists attacked his convoy in Kaduna last year.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Buhari said he received “nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption” from Mr. Jonathan before or after the attack.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to reports making the rounds, especially on internet-based media, that President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year.

“We unequivocally deny that President Buhari received $300,000.00 or any monetary compensation whatsoever from the Jonathan Presidency or any of its officials, in the aftermath of that attack, or at any other time since then.

“While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.

“Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years.

“There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled , from the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

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ITF DG Denies Funding Jonathan’s Campaign With N700m

The Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mrs Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, said the allegation that she used the agency’s N700 million to fund former President Goodluck Jonathan’s election campaign was untrue. Speaking at a media roundtable in Abuja on Thursday, Chukkas-Onaeko described the accusation allegedly made by some members of staff of the organisation as ‘’ridiculous and painful’’.
She stated that those peddling the `falsehood’ should have known that it was impossible for her to sign off such huge amount of money without appropriation. She said, “I am sure that when they wrote that thing they expected me to go and commit suicide or for the President to just shoot my head.

“If I were going to steal money to fund somebody’s campaign, where did they expect me to get it from? N700 million is not what you just sign off like that. “The former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganda, under whom I served, is a professional, not a politician.
“I don’t know of other chief executive officers under him, but nobody ever told me to bring money for campaign; PDP never asked me for any money,’’ Chukkas –Onaeko said. She also dismissed the allegation that she transferred N1.2 billion to the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) without due process.

She explained that the money was provided for in the agency’s 2014 budget to fund the ITF-NECA Technical Skills Development Programme (TSDP) launched in 2009. “Every year, there is funding provided for it, which is in the budget and is approved by the National Assembly. “By the time I came on board in 2014, they had already disbursed about 70 per cent of the money. That budget wasn’t drawn up by me.
“What I saw in the trend was that on a yearly basis, the money allocated for the programme was increased by between 10 and 20 per cent to reflect current economic realities. “But, in the 2015 budget, which is the only one I have presided over, I refused to approve the increase. “Instead, we increased the number of participating companies from below 10 at inception to the current 14 which is against the initial arrangement.

I expected to be commended for that,’’ she said. The director general said that she had stepped on many toes since she came on board by blocking the avenues through which they were making easy money from the agency. One of such avenues, she disclosed, was the outrageous monthly rent of N9.5 million being paid by the agency on a property housing one of its offices before she assumed duty.
According to her, the landlord was forced to reduce it to N5 million monthly following her insistence that the rent was either renegotiated or the office be relocated to a cheaper accommodation. “I think this is one of the ways I’m stepping on many toes, because people who are used to making easy money will definitely react when you attempt to block them. “Corruption is something that when you fight it, it fights back even more aggressively and if you are not careful you end up being the corrupt one.
“That is the jacket that they have sown, but I refuse to wear it. Anybody saying I’ve taken millions illegally should come and check, the system is open for them.” Chukkas-Onaeko also debunked the workers’ allegation that she was insensitive to their welfare, saying that within her one year in office she had worked a lot on staff welfare. She stated that staff salary was doubled, while the money set aside for staff loan was also increased from N250 million to N500 million.

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Okonjo-Iweala Denies Role In Arms Deal

Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has requested the Federal Government to call Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole to order over what she called efforts to link her name to the alleged $2.1 billion arms issue.

A statement from her media Adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu, said Mrs Okonjo-Iweala “has absolutely nothing to do with the issue”.

Okonjo-Iweala described as “an abuse of public office, the judicial process and her human rights for Governor Oshiomhole whom she stopped from taking a highly suspicious N15 billion loan to make false allegations against her while hiding behind the constitutional immunity granted state governors.”

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NERC Denies 2.7bn Naira Severance Package

The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has dismissed claims that it set aside 2.7 billion Naira as severance pay for its commissioners.

The NERC Chairman, Dr Sam Amadi, refuted the claims on Tuesday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Power investigating the alleged plan by the commission to make the payment.

Declaring the public investigation open, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, said there was an urgent need to address a lot of issues in the power sector.

The Chairman of the committee, Honourable Daniel Asuquo, listed some of the objectives of the hearing.

The committee is also probing the power sector to understand the challenges faced by major players in the sector and how the parliament can help address them.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, also made a brief appearance before the committee.


MEND Denies Endorsing Seriake Dickson

The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on Tuesday denied reports that it endorsed the re-election bid of Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

MEND in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, dissociated itself from a statement endorsing Dickson’s ambition, credited to one Prince Amaibi Horby, who claimed to be its acting chairman.

The militant group said it was not in support of re-election of Dickson, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

It said Dickson in his desperation to be re-elected paid a group of thugs to use its name to endorse him.

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Okorocha Denies Accusing Tinubu, Others For Killing Audu

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday denied having a quarrel with Senator Bola Tinubu, saying the envisaged rift only exists in the imaginations of those who have chosen the path of dishonour.

Governor Okorocha, who was reacting to a report published in a social media on Sunday, claiming that he accused Senator Tinubu and other APC members of being responsible for the death of the APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, described such claim as “ungodly blackmail.”

The governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuameodo, that the envisaged rift between Senator Tinubu and himself “only exists in the imaginations of those who have chosen the path of dishonor, because only dishonourable people could have authored such an inglorious write-up. Decent people do not do such thing.”

The governor said he never accused the former governor of Lagos State and one of the key pillars of the APC in the country, Senator Tinubu, of being responsible for the death of the APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Audu.

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I Did Not Award $2Billion Contract For Arms Procurement- Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan at a forum in Washington DC, Thursday, waded into the arms procurement scandal surrounding the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, saying his government never awarded any contract in the range of $2 billion dollars.

“I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of weapons” Mr. Jonathan stated categorically querying, “Where did the money come from?” and repeating emphatically that “I did not award a contract of $2billion for procurement of weapons”.

A presidential investigations committee into arms procurement under the administration of President Jonathan revealed in its interim report that it found extra-budgetary spending by the Jonathan administration to the tune of N643.8 billion and an additional $2.2 billion in the foreign currency component, all managed and supervised by Sambo Dasuki, a retired army colonel.

Mr. Dasuki had said in a statement Wednesday that all contracts and accruing payments were made based on the approval of Mr. Jonathan, adding that due process and military procurement regulations were followed in all the transactions.

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Presidency Denies Spending N6b For Maintenance Of Presidential Jets, Gives Correct Figures

The presidency has vehemently refuted the reports in several quarters that a huge sum of N6b had been lavished on the Maintenance of presidential Air fleet (PAF) in the last 6 months.

The presidency spoke through the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Shehu in a statement said that only N2.3b had been spent contrary to the figures making the rounds.

He regretted that the president has had to be distracted by some “fictional report”, which he had “caused the government a lot of negative reviews especially in the online media”.

The statement further stated thus: “The government is focused on solving the many major issues our country faces in the areas of the economy, corruption and security. Yet almost every week, the Presidency has to also deal with the distractions which do nothing but distract from the task of government.

“Referring to documents he had requested from the Operational Office of the Presidential Fleet after his attention was drawn to the speculative report, Malam Shehu pointed out that the sum of N2.3 billion was released to the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation between May and November 2015. This includes releases for personnel cost, overhead and capital expenditure out of the sum of N5,190,381,386.00 appropriated for PAF on the 2015 budget.

“The documents also showed that the sum of N2,127,103,086.66 had so far been expended, leaving a balance of N172,568,912.34 from the amount released.

“However, the sum of N149,062,791.12 was transferred from the PAG’s operation account to the Treasury Single Account, following the President’s recent directive,” he said.

“He added that the sum of N23,801,122.17 remains unutilised out of the funds so far released. During the period 31 May 2015 till date, the Fleet expended the sum of N1,358,910,962.75 to settle outstanding liabilities carried over from last year till May 2015. Furthermore, the sum of N500 million was refunded to the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA for financial support rendered to the Fleet prior to release of funds from the OAGF.

“Thus, the Fleet expended the sum of N449,081,037.25 within the last months comprising N98,500,218.00 for operations, N165,373,176.91 on training and N85,500,116.75 on personnel medicals and overhead. Additionally, the sum of N99,715,493.51 was expended on aircraft maintenance, spares, and subscription services required for operations.

“Any of these documents could have been made available had the newspaper reached out to me or to any one of my colleagues. The damage to the image of government and the good management of the Presidential Air Fleet could have been avoided”.

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Great Britain Denies Backing Biafra

Britain has said it does not support the agitation for the creation of a Biafran nation from Nigeria.

In a statement issued yester­day, the British High Com­mission, Abuja, explained that the position of the UK govern­ment during the civil war was a matter of historical record. “The UK Government’s posi­tion, which reflected the Char­ter of the Organization of Af­rican Unity, was to recognize the borders laid down at Inde­pendence,” the High Commis­sion’s Press & Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku said.

“The Biafran War caused great suffering and the UK sup­ported the reconciliation work that followed the conflict. The UK supports the territorial in­tegrity of Nigeria and President Buhari’s commitment to work for a secure and prosperous Nigeria for all Nigerians,” he added.

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Presidency Denies Speculated Ministerial Portfolios List

Ahead of the swearing in of the ministerial nominees following their successful screening and confirmation by the senate last week, the Presidency has denied releasing any list that assigned portfolios to them.

The denial followed the speculated list of portfolios which made the rounds especially on social media on Sunday.

Responding to Vanguard on the issue, the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina said that the list did not emanate from the presidency as it was not officially signed.

“Any communication from the presidency must be officially singed. Was that list signed by me or Mr. Garba Shehu? Please, ignore it”, he said.

He also did not reveal when the inauguration ceremony of the Ministers would hold.

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Col. Dasuki Denies Charges of Illegal Weapons

Nigeria’s former national security adviser pleaded not guilty to money laundering Monday in connection with $423,000 in U.S. dollars and Nigerian naira seized at his homes.

Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki also denied charges of illegal possession of an arms cache including assault rifles and a submachine gun found when security agents raided two of his homes in July.

At the Federal High Court, Dasuki’s lawyer M.S. Labaran objected to a prosecution request for a secret trial to hide the identity of witnesses. He also asked the court to return Dasuki’s seized passport, saying he needs to travel abroad for medical care. The judge adjourned the case to Wednesday.

Dasuki, 60, was a key adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan and had taken over the role of the Ministry of Defense in procuring weapons. He was called before a Senate committee last year to explain an incident in which South Africa seized $9.3 million in cash flown on a private jet and a $5.7 million bank transfer that South Africa blocked, saying it was intended to illegally purchase arms. Dasuki said the deals were legitimate.

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Amaechi Denies Visiting Saraki’s Residence

Former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, said he did not storm the residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki, last Thursday, to protest the deferment of his screening by the Senate as a ministerial nominee.

A statement by Amaechi’s media office, signed by David Iyofor yesterday, said    a national daily in its lead story of Monday, claimed that the former governor  staged a protest, last Thursday, at Saraki’s house for not being screened by the Senate, stressing it was untrue.

“This is absolutely not true. There is a deliberate and carefully calibrated attempt to characterize Amaechi with a very bad and demeaning mannerism.

We must clarify that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did not visit and was not at the residence of the Senate president on Thursday,  last week.

“We must emphasise that former Governor Amaechi holds the office of the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in very high esteem and will never disrespect or act in anyway that would put the office in disrepute.

“However, in this case, the incident reported never occurred either on Thursday or any other day,” the statement said.

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Shekau Debunks Boko Haram Negotiation With FG In New Audio

Abubakar Shekau, has again released another audio message debunking the reported negotiation with his group. Shekau released an audio message in August, to refute reports of his death as a result of five months silence.

In the latest message released on social media, Shekau, who spoke in Arabic and Hausa, said the military lacked the capacity to confront his men.

“Buhari is a liar and has deceived you. The Army spokesperson is also lying.  He and his foot soldiers always run helter-skelter whenever we come  face to face with them.

“Buhari, you once claimed that you will crush us in three months. How can you crush us?

“The military lied that they have confiscated our arms, that we have been chased out of our territories.

“We are alive, I am alive, this is my voice, more audible than it was before. This is Shekau.”

The military has claimed victory over the sect in recent times,” he said.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Sani Usman, spokesperson of the Army, said the insurgents were “falling to federal might” and the fight against insurgency was “gaining momentum”.

Usman also said 139 Boko Haram captives had been freed, while eight insurgents surrendered to the Army.

Shekau, however did not only dismiss the claims, he also discredited the alleged peace deal the Federal Government said it was entering with the group.

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Chidinma Denies Copying Yemi Alade’s Hairstyle

Chidinma has slammed reports that she is copying Yemi Alade’s  African hairdo. The musician who has been spotted wearing a new hairdo for a few weeks revealed the real reason for the style.

Chidinma who changed to a flamboyant thread style hair-do, revealed that the reason behind this hairstyle is to grow her hair after rocking a low cut for a few years now. She denied the rumours  that her new hair style is a copy of one of Yemi Alade’s Afrocentric hairstyles.

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EU Denies Ban on Nigerian Agricultural Products

The European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS has refuted reports that the EU has banned the import of agricultural products from Nigeria.

It however noted that the import suspension measure, which has been misconstrued, affected only dried beans.

The Head of Trade and Economic Section of the EU delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Filippo Amato, made this clarification in an email on Tuesday, wherein he added that some other agricultural products had occasionally been rejected at the EU borders due to high level of pesticides which is dangerous for human health.

He lamented that the suspension measure adopted in June, 2015 had been wrongly reported and had created confusion and uncertainty  for exporters who can continue to export to the EU as long as there is compliance with applicable food requirements.

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Presidency Denies Closure Of Aso Villa Chapel

The leadership of the Aso Villa Chapel has denied speculations that the chapel has been closed down by the Presidency, describing the rumour as handiwork of mischief makers. The Presidency shared photos from the church service to back up its claim.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the church service on Sunday, acting chaplain, Pastor Joseph Sheyi Malomo, admitted that though there were some procedural issues last Sunday that needed to be sorted out, the Presidency at no time or­dered the closure of the chapel. The cleric appealed to Nigerians to ignore the rumour and focus rather on is­sues that will unit the country.

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Ondo Govt Denies Arrest Of Boko Haram Members

The Ondo State government has denied knowledge of any arrest of suspected Boko Haram members by the military personnel in some communities in Akoko area of the state last week.

The state government which described the report as untrue, noted that the state remains the safest and most peaceful in the country.

The state’s commissioner for information, Hon Kayode Akinmade, stated these in Akure, the state capital yesterday.

Akinmade said the threat of Boko Haram insurgents in the state was a ploy by unscrupulous elements to create tension and an atmosphere of fear among the people.

According to him, there is no record of any of such arrests with the police and the military.

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Akwa Ibom Denies Owing Workers Salaries

The Chief Press Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Ekerette Udoh, has said that the state government does not owe civil servants salaries.

Udoh, who spoke with our correspondent in Uyo on Wednesday, said it was regrettable that the state was mistakenly lumped into the group of states that owe workers salaries in the national dailies.

He said, “Akwa Ibom State does not owe workers salaries at all. The state was mistakenly lumped into states that owe workers salaries in the national dailies.”

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, had said that salaries and allowances in the state constitute first line charges.

He stated that by first-line charges, salaries and allowances of workers, irrespective of their levels or grades, were paid first before government attended to any other matters that required money.

“Akwa Ibom State Government does not owe workers salaries. Salary is the first-line charge in Akwa Ibom State,” he said

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Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating.

His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi.

While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as a calculated attempt to smear his image.

Reports circulated on the social media last week, alleging that the former governor was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police for beating his wife over an argument about his mistress.

The report added that he was released on bail. But Suswam however denied all the allegations which he said were the handiwork of his enemies.

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We Have No Hand In Ekweremadu’s Police Invitation- APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate President.

”However, if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s Standing Rules on the process of electing Presiding Officers, that is a clear case of forgery which the police have a duty to investigate. Questioning the right of the police to carry out their duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.

”Forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered. These claims by the scaremongering PDP are farfetched and preposterous,” it said.

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Furious Oyegun Denies Taking Bribes To Support Saraki

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied taking bribe to support the agenda of the lawmakers who became principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of his own party.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun made the denial when the leadership of the South-East, South-South Professionals paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the allegation in some media reports that he was induced to support Bukola Saraki’s bid to emerge senate president was false.

The chairman also expressed shock over allegations that he deliberately pitched members of the party from the North against those from the South.

He expressed delight at the solidarity visit at a time he is facing serious challenge over the National Assembly crisis.

He said: “There is nothing they have not said about me but when you ask what has the man done, one of their reports said the present executive cannot win us elections in 20?19. Good Lord! You’ve not even finished 2015, you’re talking about 2019.

”The one that annoys me is the attempt to rubbish 75 solid years of a character that I’ve put together. They said ?I take gratification. Gratification to what purpose?

“The only people who can say that are the people who don’t know my background or history. I was just over 30 when I started joining teams that were buying aircraft from Holland and Seattle in the U. S.

“That could not corrupt me. I was on the board of the Railways, NPA and the rest of them. If all these did not make me corrupt, how can I at 76 take money, money from who to do what?”

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French Beheading Suspect Denies Jihad Motivation

The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religious motivation behind the attack, a source close to the inquiry said on Monday.

The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the act outside the southeast city of Lyon on Friday after a row with his wife the day before and his boss a few days earlier.

Salhi, who was arrested on the scene of the crime on Friday, can be held for a maximum 96 hours under French law before being charged or released.

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Borno Govt. Denies Appointing Chibok School Principal As Commissioner

The Borno State government on Thursday denied an online media report that principal of Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok, Asabe Kwambura, has been appointed a commissioner by Gov. Kashim Shettima.

Ms. Kwambura was in charge of the Chibok school in April 14 when Boko Haram stormed the school and abducted more than 200 girls. The girls remain in captivity more than a year after.

The principal has been accused of conniving with the state government to run the school at the time despite security report that it was unsafe to do so. Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Communications Strategy to Mr. Shettima, in a statement in Maiduguri, described the report as “a mischievous joke”.

“In the last one week, we have noticed a very strange information being circulated by some online media platforms claiming that Shettima had nominated Asabe Kwambura, the Principal of GSS, Chibok for the post of the Commissioner of Education.

“We completely ignored the report for what it was, a mischievous joke and cheap blackmail that did not deserve any response, as it was mainly ‘trending’ on the social media,” he said.

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Buhari Denies Ejecting SSS From Aso Rock Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday dispelled rumours that State Security Service operatives have been expelled from the Presidential Villa.

Mr. Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Adviser, Femi Adesina, said the speculations on the expulsion of the SSS operatives were unfounded.

A statement from the presidency said: “Rumours that personnel of the State Security Service have been expelled from the Presidential Villa are unfounded. President Muhammadu Buhari has given no such order.

“While it is true that a reorganization of security at the Presidential Villa which involves the realignment of personnel from various services is underway, the exercise does not translate to the expulsion of DSS personnel from the premises in any way. The changes being made are routine adjustments which are not unexpected in any dynamic environment from time to time.”

There had been claims that Mr. Buhari barred SSS personnel from serving as part of his security team. The presidency denied the reports.


Jega Denies Being Forced To Proceed On Leave Before 2015 Elections

Contrary to insinuations that former President Goodluck Jonathan threatened the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Atathiru Jega to proceed on terminal  leave or retire before the general elections, Jega has denied that noting of such happened.

He described the insinuations as the work of rumour mongers who did not want anything good for Nigeria. Speaking in Lagos at a programme tagged, ‘Afternoon Tea with Professor Attahiru Mohammed Jega’ by EbonyLife TV, Jega said he was  never threatened or asked to proceed on leave or retire by anybody or authority.

He stated that he never contemplated going on leave because he knew there was a job to be done. He, however, admitted that knowing the nature of the country, he was fully prepared  for the worst  to happen during the elections.

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Amaechi Denies Ill-Treatment Claims By Former Deputy

Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied claims by his then-deputy, Tele Ikuru, that the latter returned billions of Naira to him and the state government.

The former deputy governor, in a thanksgiving service at the weekend, said he returned over two billion Naira cash to Amaechi bur expressed disappointment at Amaechi that, in spite of all his contributions, his former boss did not give him any parting gift and left him “hard and dry.” He felt mistreated.

However, Amaechi denied the claim by Ikuru.“Tele is lying. He did not return any money to me. And I am not aware that he returned any money to the coffers of the State government. My former deputy’s ill-advised comments against me are indeed shameful and pitiable,” Amaechi said through his spokesperson.

“His attack on me, his disgusting lamentation about parting gifts only goes to confirm what I have always known and said about those on the other side of the political divide in Rivers State where my former deputy now belongs that all they want is to share the resources and commonwealth of Rivers people among themselves. This is why they fought me and are still fighting me,” Amaechi said.

He added that it was unfortunate that his then-deputy had turned against him.

“It is unfortunate that Tele Ikuru, who I kept as my deputy in spite of the strong opposition against him…almost everyone was against him but I retained him and even ran with him for a second term, against the advice of most of my political associates, would now attempt to hideously disparage and attack me,” Amaechi said.

Ikuru quit the Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress for the People’s Democratic Party ahead of general elections in March. He served the state for more than seven years.

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Ex-Police IG, Okiro, Denies Stealing N275m; Says Aide Set Him Up

The Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, on Monday reacted to the allegation that he defrauded the commission of N275 million and vowed not to succumb to blackmail.

Mr. Okiri alleged that a staff of the commission, Aaron Kaase, of the Press Unit, colluded with a journalist to blackmail him with the allegation to collect N10 million.

The chairman, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said the commission received N350 million from the Federal Government to train its staff to monitor the conduct of police officers involved in the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Okiro had appeared before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences on June 4, following a petition by Kaase that he embezzled N275 million belonging to the commission.

“I still believe that a clear conscience fears no accusation and I will not yield to blackmail no matter how long it takes to clear my name.

“I have nothing to fear,” he said.

According to Mr. Okiro, the commission received N350 million for election monitoring/conferences/training of the staff of the commission and deployed them to states to monitor police conduct during the general elections of 2015.

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APC Denies Zoning Of Senate President To North-Central

APC has denied a published report that its National Working Committee (NWC) met on Monday night and decided to zone the Senate Presidency to the North-Central and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South-West, saying nothing like
that ever happened.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the party said it was deeply embarrassed by the story, which was apparently planted in the media to sow the seeds of instability in the party.

”The NWC never discussed the issued of zoning at its meeting.

Therefore, the report of its decision on zoning is a figment of the imagination of whoever concocted the story,” it said.

APC said nothing has changed since the President-elect said he is ready to work with anyone from any part of the country who occupies any of the principal offices of the incoming National Assembly, including those of the Senate Presidency and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Summit: Patience Jonathan Denies Blocking Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday denied media reports that her plan to host the 8th summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission on Friday is designed to deny the wife of the President-elect, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the opportunity of becoming the President of the mission.

Mrs. Jonathan, who is the current President, had summoned a meeting of the mission during which new executive members are expected to emerge.

Media reports had it that the election would have been held in July but the President’s wife brought it back to May to allow her successor to emerge before her husband will cease to be President from May 29.

But a statement by Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, on Tuesday said there was no truth in the reports.

Adewuyi explained that Mrs. Jonathan was elected President in July 2012 and was meant to serve for two years, according to the group’s internal regulation.

He further said that while her tenure ought to have ended in 2014, when a fresh election should have held, the President’s wife drew the attention of her colleagues to the then forthcoming election in Nigeria, which preparation would not enable her host the summit.

According to him, Mrs. Jonathan therefore proposed that the summit should hold after the general elections, and it was accordingly agreed that it should be held in July 2015.

Adewuyi however added that there was an understanding among members that if President Goodluck Jonathan did not succeed in his re-election bid, the President’s wife would convene the summit in May to enable the election of a new President and ensure a smooth handover since her tenure has ended.

The statement read in part, “Arising from the above, it is therefore clear that this is not a personal matter nor specifically a Nigeria sole affair but a continental platform governed by its own rules and protocols just as similar international organisations.

“It would therefore be out of place for anyone to insinuate that it is intended to shut out the incoming First Lady. This cannot be farther from the truth.

“We state therefore without any iota of equivocation that it is mischievous for anyone to scheme to cause disaffection between the outgoing and incoming First Ladies, Dame Patience Jonathan, and Hajia Aisha Buhari.

“Let us therefore come together in our tradition of hospitality to heartily welcome our guests, the African First Ladies, as they arrive Abuja for the 8th Summit of the Mission.

“Let us always remember that the personal ambition of anybody is not worth destroying the image of the nation.”


Only Mental Retards Will Credit Comment To Me, Soyinka Denies Making Disparaging Statement Against Igbos

An angry Wole Soyinka, Wednesday, lashed out at news outlets which credited to him with a disparaging statement against the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria.

In a terse statement, Mr. Soyinka attributed the report to the handiwork of “cowards” who fasten their “imbecilic pronouncements” on others.

“I have just read a statement attributed to me on something called The Cable, a news outlet, evidently one of the Internet infestations,” said Mr. Soyinka, a professor of Comparative Literature.

“My lecture at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University, was video recorded. Anyone who believes what I am alleged to have said must be a moron – repeat, a moron.

“It is demeaning, sickening and boring to have to deal with these cowards who cannot fight their own battles but must fasten their imbecilic pronouncements on others.

Several online news media (not PREMIUM TIMES) had reported Tuesday that Mr. Soyinka had described the Igbos as a “greedy” group.

“The Igbos are probably the only group of Nigerians that you can predict with great accuracy whom they will vote for in an election, because they tend to put their votes where their stomachs take them; suffering as it were, from incurable money-mindedness, as they would stop at nothing in their quest for personal financial gain,” Mr. Soyinka was quoted as saying.

The Nobel Laureate had delivered a lecture on April 29th titled, ‘Predicting Nigeria? Electoral Ironies’ at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs in the U.S.

The alleged comment ignited a scathing backlash against Mr. Soyinka on social media as critics likened the statement to the anti-Igbo speech of Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos.

But Mr. Soyinka denied making such a statement.

“Only the mentally retarded will credit this comment attributed to me regarding the Ndigbo voting pattern in the last elections,” he said.

“I strongly suspect the author of this despicable concoction, and may make a further statement, once the source is verified.”


Tinubu Denies Endorsing Any Candidate For Lagos Speakership

The former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had denied endorsing any candidate as the next Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Tinubu, who was reacting to rumours that he has anointed the former secretary of the party in the state, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun to succeed Adeyemi Ikuforiji as the next Speaker of House, said he has no intention of endorsing anybody for the position.

Tinubu was speaking when he met some party leaders in his Bourdillon road, Ikoyi residence. He accused some individuals in the state of using his name for their selfish interests.

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Gov. Chime Denies Knowledge Of Impeachment Notice

The Enugu State Government on Monday said it was unaware of any impeachment process against Gov. Sullivan Chime by a faction of the state’s House of Assembly.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Chukwudi Achife, stated this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.

A 15-member faction of the Enugu State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Eugene Odo, had early Monday commenced the impeachment process against Mr. Chime, alleging financial misconduct.

The members, who sat in the early hours of Monday in the legislative chambers amidst tight security, alleged that the governor manipulated the 2014 Appropriation Bill, among other impeachable offences.

They directed the Clerk, Christopher Chukwurah, to communicate their resolution to the governor. The faction entered the premises through the small gate as they parked their vehicles by the roadside.

A faction of the assembly, led by the deputy speaker, also claimed to have impeached Mr. Odo as speaker. The group “elected” Chinedu Nwamba, representing Nsukka East constituency, as the new speaker.

The governor’s spokesperson, Mr. Achife, described the action the 15-member faction of the assembly as “null and void”.

According to him, the state government was still trying to come to terms with the realities of a change in the leadership of the house. “What we should be talking about is the new leadership of the House of Assembly and not what the old one did.

“The process is perpetrated by those leaving the government on May 29 and that is why they are furious.

“No impeachment notice has been served on the governor; we must get that straight,’’ he said.

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PDP Denies Throwing Mu’azu Out Of Governor’s Meeting

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, has denied having any dispute with the party’s Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party. There were reports on Thursday that the national chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, was asked to leave a meeting of the governors’ forum which held at the Akwa Ibom state governors lodge. The reports also said the governors had asked the national chairman and members of the NWC to resign after leading the party to a disastrous outing in the recently held general elections.

However, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter”. “For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media,” Mr. Metuh said.

“To put the records straight, our national chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.

“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.

“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.

“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of governors.

“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.

“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.”


Nigeria Denies Recalling High Commissioner To South Africa

The federal government has denied “recalling” its envoys in South Africa. The government  clarified the decision to “invite” its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Martin Cobham, and Deputy, Uche Ajulu-okeke.

Speaking on the current diplomatic row between the two countries, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, said the envoy was not recalled but summoned for consultation. “Please disregard rumours and reports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recalled its High Commissioner to South Africa. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa for consultation. He was not recalled,” Obanikoro said.

The Senate last week called on the Federal Government to recall the Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa for proper consultation on the recent incidence of xenophobic attacks. The South Africa government had expressed “regret” at the decision.

At least seven people have been killed during the attack on foreign nationals. None were Nigerian but a number of these were said to have been rendered homeless.

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Buhari Denies Walking Out NSCDC Boss, Gives Account Of What Really Happened

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has dismissed as fictional and uncharitable, a report by an online medium that he walked some government officials out of his residence in Daura, Katsina State.

A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential Campaign, Garba Shehu on Wednesday denied that any such incident took place as reported by the online newspaper. “It was a false and an inaccurate presentation of facts of what transpired when some government officials visited the President-elect at his Daura country home. It is totally out of General Buhari’s character to ask his visitors out,” Mr. Shehu said.

Mr. Shehu said the alleged visit by the Comptroller-General of the Customs, Abdullahi Inde, only happened in the imagination of the said publication. “He did not come visiting at any time.”

On the other reported incident involving Ade Abolurin, the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Shehu said the President-elect was already in another meeting when the Commandant-General came visiting and there was no way the President-elect could receive the new visitors.

“He was merely passing through the town and thought to stop by,” Mr. Shehu said.

“As a matter of fact, words were promptly sent to the gentleman and his delegation that General Buhari was unable to meet them owing to the fact of an ongoing meeting that had preceded the time of their arrival.

“The president-elect welcomes positive suggestions from every Nigerian about how to bring progressive change to the country. He will not walk anyone who had come to discuss ways of developing the country. Courtesy and civility will not permit that to happen. It is equally not in his character.

“It is therefore important to put the records straight that the President-elect will be a President for all Nigerians irrespective of whether anyone currently holds a public office or not.”


Diezani Denies Seeking Asylum In Six Countries, Says She Is On A Short Vacation

Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has denied reports linking her to seeking asylum in any part of the world.

The minister, who spoke through the Group Public Affairs General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, denied ever contemplating relocating from Nigeria.

Alegbe, while reacting to the online publication, said his boss only went for a short vacation outside Nigeria and would soon return to her job. According to him, the claim that the woman had been denied asylum by six countries was not only a fabrication aimed at confusing some gullible persons, but deliberately meant to smear the image of the minister and that of her office.

Alegbe said: “I want to say that the Minister of Petroleum has never contemplated going on asylum in any part of the world and has never applied for any.

“The minister has only gone for a short vacation abroad and will soon return to Nigeria, having no reason to leave her job and country for any other place.”

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Bakare Denies Appointment As Head Of Transition Committee

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has denied reports that he has been appointed by President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to head the Transition Committee. Speaking through his spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, Bakare on Monday said the news of his appointment is strange and not true.

He stated that he read the news with surprise just like other Nigerians on Monday. He accused mischief makers of spreading the false news. Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in 2011 under the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

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OPC Says Jonathan Remains A Friend, Denies Plan To Rig Lagos Election

OPC has denied the allegation that it intends to rig the April 11 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Lagos state.

OPC described the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress’ National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, as “blatant falsehood”. “There is no iota of truth in the statement. The OPC is neither a political party nor partisan organization,” the OPC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Oguntimehin, said in a statement Friday.

Mr. Oguntimehin said Mr. Mohammed has a penchant for peddling falsehood against the organisation. “He had earlier lied that the OPC led by Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams would cause chaos and disrupt the presidential elections held on 28th day of March, 2015 by distributing Military Uniforms to OPC members.

“However, there was no single incident of the involvement of OPC in any disruptive tendency before, during and after the elections. Alhaji Lai Mohammed?’s? false propaganda will only succeed in propagating Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams soaring popularity,” Mr. Oguntimehin said.

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NYSC Denies Death Of Corps Members In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied that any corps member was killed on election duty in  Gombe State. This was contained in a statement signed by NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations. Bose Aderibigbe.

 Aderigbigbe said the reports that youth corps members were killed were false. She said that the two persons who lost their lives   were INEC’s ad-hoc staff and not corps members.

The management of the NYSC, however, commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the said attack.

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Army Denies Knowledge of Plan for Interim Government

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it was not aware of any plan for an interim government in the country. This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.

The statement said the attention of the Army had been drawn to unsubstantiated allegations being circulated particularly in the social media about the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff.

It said that any discerning mind would notice that these false and baseless allegations were calculated attempts by unpatriotic elements to divide the Nigerian Army.

“The latest claim is that the Chief of Army Staff (COAs) is preparing to assume the leadership of this country through an interim government should the opposition party wins the 2015 general elections.

“This is dangerous, condemnable and a great disservice, given the tremendous sacrifices of the army in support of democracy in our nation.

“This is a deliberate attempt to erode public confidence and trust in the army and will not be tolerated. The masterminds of these campaigns of calumny are advised to desist from their nefarious activities forthwith.’’

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