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How FG is spending Abacha loot —Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed , has said that the money recovered from the late military ruler , Gen . Sani Abacha , is not being shared to the poor and vulnerable as widely believed .

Rather, he said, the money is being deployed in the financing of Federal Government ’s social investment programmes comprising four components.

He described as “ mischievous ” the insinuations that the government would share to the poor the Abacha loot repatriated by the Swiss Government .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mohammed said this on Monday when he paid an official visit to the Abuja office of The Authority newspaper .

“ When the first tranche of Abacha loot was paid under former President Goodluck Jonathan , the Swiss Government found out that the money was re -looted by those in the administration .

“ So, when they wanted to release the next tranche , they put the condition that it must be used for the most vulnerable Nigerians.

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“ We said there is no problem . It is the money we are using to finance our social investment programmes comprising four components ,” the minister said.

Mohammed further said that 8 .5 million pupils in government schools across the country are currently being fed under the Home Grown Feeding Programme .

Similarly , he said , over 400,000 families are being paid stipends of N5, 000 every month under the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme .

“ The beauty of this programme is that it is being done in collaboration with the World Bank .

“ It is the World Bank and various agencies that determine the beneficiaries and who are the most vulnerable Nigerians. ’’

Mohammed said that part of the money was being used to finance the employment of young graduates through the N-POWER programme.
He said that no fewer than 200, 000 people had been employed in the first batch and another 200,000 would be resuming very soon.

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“ The fourth is the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme whereby market women, craft people etc., are given loan between N50 ,000 and N100,000

“ So, when we say this money is being used for the poor people , it is not as if we are sharing it to poor people in the states ,’’ he said .

Mohammed said the Buhari administration would remain accountable and committed to the welfare of the common people .


Doyin Okupe: EFCC accused of trying to silence ex-Jonathan’s aide 

Following the detention of Doyin Okupe, former aide to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a group known as Patriotic Nigerians, has described his continuous detention as an allege attempt to silence the PDP chieftain.

A statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Musa Muhammad, stated that despite willingly honouring the invitation of EFFC, Okupe who is the Media Adviser to the Director General of the PDP Presidential campaign has continued to be detained, which according to the group has a political undertone.

The statement reads, “Dr. Doyin Okupe yesterday (Monday) honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft body.

“Despite being patriotic and law-abiding enough to obey the invitation, it’s seems there is more to the invitation than meets the eye.

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“It is beginning to look like the anti-graft agency is on a political witch-hunt to silence the vociferous former presidential spokesperson, as it has been doing to every other active opposition figures in the nation.

The group also accused the EFCC of inconsistency in the charges put up against Okupe, adding that his case has not been assigned to any of the commission’s lawyers for prosecution as required by the law.

“Initially, EFCC claimed its invitation was based on cyber crime, but it has since shifted the goalpost in the middle of the game, changing the charges to misappropriation of arms fund claimed to have been released to him by former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

“Agreed that the EFCC has a case against Okupe, but it’s quite surprising that since his arrival at the EFCC headquarters, the agency has refused to assign his case to a lawyer for prosecution at the court.

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“It is obvious that the EFCC is deploying a delay tactics to keep Okupe in detention as it goes on Christmas break and keep him there till the New Year.

“The nation is waiting for the abracadabra of EFCC,” the statement read.

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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Donald Trump $293k in legal fees

Porn star, Stormy Daniels was on Tuesday ordered by a federal judge to pay President Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for her failed defamation lawsuit against him.

Judge James Otero, who threw out Daniels’ suit against Trump, asked her to pay the US President $293,052.33 in attorney fees.

He wrote:

Based on the unique nature of this litigation and the Court’s familiarity with the fees charged in this jurisdiction, the Court concludes that Defendant’s rate requests are reasonable.
Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2016 when his wife just had their son, said last April that she had been threatened by a man in a car park to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

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She shared a sketch of the man who she claimed had threatened her and her child.

Mr Trump retweeted the image, calling it a “total con job”, and describing the image as being of a “non-existent man”.

With the help of her attorney Michael Avenatti she took Trump to court. She sued arguing that the president’s tweet was defamatory as it accused Ms Daniels of “committing a serious crime” – namely, falsely accusing a person of threatening her.

But Judge Otero dismissed the suit in October and said Trump’s tweet was a “hyperbolic statement” against a political foe.

Avenatti quickly denounced the president and his lawyers and downplayed the judge’s order on Twitter.

Avenatti tweeted:

Stormy will never have to pay the felon Cohen or Trump a single dime in attorney’s fees, costs or sanctions. The award is dwarfed by the $1.5 million award to be issued in NDA case – the main case where Cohen and Trump have been lying to the court and the public. #Criminals.
Avenatti is representing Daniels in another lawsuit against Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen. Through litigation, the adult film actress is seeking to void a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) about her alleged 2006 affair with the president.

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