Top Ten News Stories In Nigeria Today![17/01/2016]

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 => Budget 2016: President Buhari Writes To NASS, Seeks Withdrawal Of Appropriation Bill – ThisDay
According to Thisday, after presenting the 2016 budget to the NASS
President Buhari had discovered that some of the figures proposed were
incredibly high. They were widely discussed by Nigerians and in press,
with the emphasis that the new administration is no different from
Goodluck Jonathan’s team.

Therefore, the figures for the office of the president, vice
president, and a few ministries, are reportedly subject to a review in
the first place.

=> Buhari ready to meet Jonathan over arms scandal -Punch

Femi Adesina, the special adviser to president Muhammadu Buhari
has revealed that the president is willing to grant ex-president
Goodluck Jonathan audience, should he sought to make clarifications in
view of the $2.1billion arms deal scandal which is under investigation.
Adesina made the disclosure in an interview with The Punch on Saturday, January 16.

According to him, President Buhari believes in civility, and at such he would give former president Jonathan listening ears.

 => AMAZING: JSS3 Student Constructs His Own Mini Duplex House In Anambra-


A junior secondary school student from Anambra state,
identified only as Chinecherem, has already impressed thousands of
Nigerians by single-handedly constructing a mini duplex house.

A Facebook user, Ugochinyere Doreen Obi, shared the photos of the architect-to-be on January 8:

“Ran into this boy this evening at Ozubulu, Anambra state. You
won’t believe, this boy single-handedly constructed this duplex, this
such a talent that won’t just die.”


 => Christians Move To Meet Needs Of Muslims In Kaduna

A group of Christian clerics have donated plastic kettles and
prayer mats to some mosques in Kaduna metropolis. The gesture is in a
bid to promote religious tolerance, better understanding and peaceful
coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Pastor Yohanna Buru who led the clerics, said the items which are to
be used for prayers, is a means of strengthening peaceful co-existence
and religious tolerance in the country.

=> VIDEO: Nigeria’s Interior minister, Dambazau, converts SSS officer to “shoe shiner” -PremiumTimes
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has been caught
on tape using an officer of Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security
Service, to clean his shoes in public.

A video sent to PREMIUM TIMES by one of its readers showed the
minister, dressed in white gown, relaxing on a couch with his legs
stretched out.

The SSS officer appeared from the sides, with a handkerchief in his
right hand and a holstered service pistol protruding from his jacket.

He was shown stooping before the minister, using his left hand to
lift Mr. Dambazau’s right leg, slightly above the floor to clean his

The minister bent his head to notice him, before looking away to focus on the event unfolding in a distance.

=> Arms scandal: How Jonathan ordered Dasuki to give Anenih N250m refund -Punch

An aide to the PDP leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that Anenih made the disclosure.
The aide said, “The former BoT Chair
explained to the EFCC that he gave his account details to the
ex-President on request, when he requested for a refund of expenses
incurred while (he was) carrying out Jonathan’s instructions. Jonathan
passed it (account details) to Sambo and Anenih was paid the sum of


=> Arms scandal: 10 generals, one colonel face military panel
– Punch

There are strong indications that the Defence Headquarters will this
week set up a panel on its officers who are being investigated by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged fraudulent arms
The 11 serving officers that will be investigated by the EFCC, who will
also face the military panel, include Air Marshal A.M. Mamu (Chief of
Administration, Nigeria Air Force); AVM Oguntoyinbo (former Director of
Production, Defence Headquarters); AVM T. Omenyi (Managing Director, NAF
Holdings); and AVM J.B. Adigun (former Chief of Accounts and Budget).

=> 2016 budget drama: How the document was ‘doctored’- Nigerian Tribune

Sources in the Senate told the Sunday Tribune that the lawmakers were
more than alarmed at the revelation that the Budget document submitted
by President Muhammadu Buhari grew wings shortly after its presentation
and was resubmitted through the back door.
It was gathered that the lawmakers decided to blow the matter open
following suspicion that if this was condoned, similar things could
happen to bills after the passage by the Assembly.
The senators at the Tuesday closed session of where the budget matter
was revealed, were told that the budget was practically missing as some
officials of the government were said to have quietly withdrawn the copy
submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari and replaced the same.READ FULL NEWS….

=> TSA: Sokoto Uncovers Whooping N1.5b In Idle Account  –

Two weeks after the formal introduction of the Treasury Single
Accounting (TSA) system in Sokoto, the state government said it has
uncovered the sum of N1.5b lying idle in 100 redundant accounts
belonging to it in various commercial banks in the country.READ FULL NEWS….

=> FOREX CRISIS: Naira may crash further this week – Vanguard

Banks have recorded near zero foreign currency deposit inflow from
high net-worth individuals indicating that their domiciliary account
customers are staying cautious on the reversal of foreign currency
deposit ban by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, early last week.
The development has sustained scarcity of foreign exchange in the market as well as the high exchange rate above N300/ USD1

CBN had hoped to buoy foreign currency supply from independent
sources through the de-freezing of foreign currency deposits, and hence
help douse the pressure on exchange rate which had accentuated last

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