Nigerian Army to give N500,000 reward for information on suicide bombers

The Nigerian Army says it is offering N500,000 reward for credible information that leads to the arrest of would-be suicide bombers or their hideouts.

The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, disclosed this via a press statement on Tuesday.

The army had about three years ago promised a N50 million reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said the army is worried by the disturbing proportion of suicide bombings in the north-east; particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali areas.

Dozens of people have been killed in the past few months by suicide bombers as the military continues the offensive against Boko Haram. The latest of such incident led to the death of the at least four people on Monday at the University of Maiduguri.

“Consequently, the Nigerian Army is offering a reward of the sum of N500,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers,” the statement reads.

He said the cash offer by the Nigerian Army “is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorists and our collective security”.

Mr. Usman assured prospective informants that “all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.”

He gave the following numbers and officers to be contacted in case of any vital information:-

1. Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221.

2. General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985.

3. Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri-08022375305

4. Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi-08065504576.

5. Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza-+234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp)

6. Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja-07080217992.

7. Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.

FG To Reward Whistleblowers With 5% of Recovered Loot

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved a whistleblowing policy to expose fraud and other related crimes in both the public and the private sectors.
Also yesterday, FEC approved the outline business case for discussions on the concession agreement that will facilitate private capital for the conclusion of work on the Second Niger bridge.

Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun disclosed this to State House reporters after the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In order to encourage Nigerians to key into the whistleblowers’ scheme, Adeosun said: “If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistleblower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5 per cent (minimum) and 5.0 per cent (maximum) of the total amount recovered.”

She said the policy devised by her ministry was aimed at encouraging anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on Nigerians and government to report it.

According to her, the policy’s objective is to increase exposure of financial or financial related crimes; support the fight against financial crimes and corruption; improve the level of public confidence in public entities; enhance transparency and accountability in the management of public funds; improve Nigeria’s Open Government Ranking and Ease of Doing Business Indicators; and recover public funds that can be deployed to finance Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit.

She listed information that could be submitted to include: mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets (e.g. properties and vehicles); financial malpractice or fraud; collecting/ soliciting bribes; corruption; diversion of revenue; fraudulent and unapproved payments; splitting of contracts; procurement fraud (kickbacks and over-invoicing etc.).

The ministry defines a whistleblower as any person who voluntarily discloses information in good faith about a possible misconduct or violation that has occurred, is ongoing, or is about to occur.

The minister, who noted that there was a secure online portal where information could be submitted, said: “If you have already submitted your information, you can also check the status of your report on the portal.”
She however said that the policy would not apply to personal matters concerning private contracts or agreements.
She said whistleblowers could submit their information through the online portal by e-mail or by phone.

On whether a whistleblower is entitled to a financial reward, she responded: “It depends, if there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistleblower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5 per cent (minimum) and 5.0 per cent (maximum) of the total amount recovered.

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Paralympic Games: Saraki Demands Reward For Team Nigeria

The triumphant Team Nigeria Paralympic athletes yesterday arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to a rousing heroic welcome from hundreds of posters-bearing Nigerians as the Senate President urged the federal government to reward the athletes.
Before their arrival, it was an endless drumming, singing and dancing as the Boys Brigade Abuja musical band and the Pyakasa Youth Cultural Group, Abuja held the enthusiastic crowd waiting to get a glimpse of the victorious Paralympic team spellbound.
The crowd which gathered as early as 2.30pm and waited patiently for hours on end for the arrival of the team, went into ecstatic mood and more dancing on sighting them, jostling and surging to have handshakes or take pictures with them.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has charged the federal government to reward the Paralympic athletes handsomely for making the country proud, stressing that they deserve the reward.
Fielding questions from journalists on arrival at the International wing of the Abuja Airport, the former governor of Kwara State said that though he cannot specifically make any recommendation on the kind of reward the federal government should give them, the National Assembly will however invite, parley and host them very soon.
According to him; “I think they did very well considering the quantity and quality of medals they gathered at the Rio Games. We need to encourage them like we did to the able bodied athletes and should be our focus now.”
Addressing the athletes that shattered both world and Paralympic records during a brief ceremony on arrival by 5.40pm yesterday, Director; Youth Development, Luka Jonathan Magset, who represented both the minister and the permanent secretary assured that they will be given heroic welcome.


Kidnapped Colonel: Army Offers N1 Million Reward For Information

The Nigeria Army has promised a million naira reward for anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of its abducted officer, Samaila Inusa.

It also promised to give adequate protection to anyone who provide useful information, adding that such tip-off would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Mr. Inusa, a colonel, was whisked away in his Mercedes-Benz car by gunmen around Kamazo, along Kaduna Refinery Road, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

As part of efforts to successfully rescue the senior officer, a spokesperson for the First Division of the Nigerian Army, Usman Abdul, a colonel, announced the cash-for-information offer to journalists on Monday morning.

The Army had earlier promised a N500,000 cash reward for information, but on Monday raised the cash reward to N1million.

Mr. Abdul had said in a statement on Sunday that the senior officer was abducted on Saturday night.

According to the statement, “the abductors dropped off Colonel Inusa’s wife and left with him in his car. The car headed towards Abuja.”

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Nigeria To Reward Best Performing Civil Servants, Sanction Under Performers

The Head of Service of the Federation Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday said government had resolved to reward best performing civil servants and sanction under-performing ones, with a view to ensuring effective service delivery.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita said in a statement that the service would be enhanced to improve personnel structure and Performance Management System (PMS), with the introduction of reward for hard work as well as sanctions for poor performance.

The head of service said the present administration was committed to the future and welfare of workers, stressing that the recently inaugurated Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) was a classic example of government’s commitment to the welfare of workers.

She said reforms aimed at ensuring financial accountability and effective service delivery in the civil service would be introduced.

The statement said the reforms would focus on value for money through capacity building and structured training programmes to equip civil servants with relevant skills to do their job diligently and efficiently.

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Buhari To Reward Athletes In The New Year

President Muhammadu Buhari has set a machinery in place to reward athletes and footballers who excelled in various sporting endeavours accordingly in the New Year.  The Minister of Youth and Sports Barr. Solomon Selcap Dalung gave the hint in Abuja Tuesday.

The Minister said efforts were being made to ensure that all athletes who excelled in various Sports disciplines from 1985 when the players won the FIFA U-17 World Cup till date.

“Reward for excellence is part of this government’s agenda especially for youths in Nigeria.  So we are working hard to offset the backlog of recognition for hard work by our athletes.  We are looking at January so that we start the New Year on a clean slate” Barr. Dalung said.

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Man Buys For $12 For 1 Minute, Gets Reward For Uncovering Flaws

A man who bought the domain name for $12 and owned it for about a minute has been rewarded by Google for uncovering the flaw.

 Last month, student and former Google (GOOGL)employee Sanmay Ved was able to buy for the small sum due to an administrative issue at the search giant.

He was surprised to find the domain up for sale and when he went to buy it, the $12 transaction went through and the ownership of the search site was transferred.

But within about a minute the purchase had been canceled and Ved’s money was refunded.

“Google could do this given the registration service used by me (aka Google Domains) belonged to Google,” Ved wrote in a blog post on LinkedIn.

The ex-Googler flagged the flaw to the search giant’s security team and they rewarded him with an as-yet undisclosed sum of money. When they found out Ved was going to give the bounty to charity, Google doubled the amount.

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US Offers $18m Reward For ISIS Leaders

The Obama administration is offering rewards of up to $18M for information leading to the whereabouts of four top leaders of ISIS.

Through its Rewards for Justice programme, the State Department announced Tuesday that it would pay up to $7m for information on Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, up to $5m each for Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and up to $3m for Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi.

According to the department, Qaduli is a senior IS official who originally joined al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, Adnani is an official ISIS spokesperson, Batirashvili is a battlefield commander in northern Syria and Harzi is the group’s leader for the border region between Syria and Turkey.

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FAAN Rewards Cleaner Who Returned Lost N12Million

Miss Josephine Agwu, an airport cleaner who found forgotten $28,000 and other foreign currencies totaling about N12m and refunded it to the owner, has been honored by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Her employers have increased her salary from a paltry N7,800 to N15,000 per month. And in her words, “FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) said that they are going to give me automatic employment, but I have not heard from them till now.”

And she added: “On the part of my management, they are happy, all my supervisors. In short, they are doing good things for me. Now, they carry me like egg, even my MD.”

Miss Agwu, a cleaner with Patovilki, a concessionaire handling the cleaning of   the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, found   the N12m while  cleaning a toilet near the screening point of the departure area of the airport,  and took it to the security post.

The owner later came and the security returned the money to the owner and disclosed how Miss Agwu found the money and brought it to them. After counting the money and it was complete the owner simply looked at Agwu and walked away. This was the third time she was returning lost bags containing huge sums of money.

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