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The United Nation (UN), body in Mali has recorded a series of attack since its posting to the desert north in mid-2013 ranging from rocket attacks to bombings.

According to reports, in Mali’s capital Bamako, a gunman who is yet to be identified carried out an attack on UN vehicles and a house occupied by UN staff and in the process, wounding a guard. This attack is the first of its kind in the Mali capital.

According to MINUSMA, as the UN mission is known, said that the shooting started after the unidentified man tried to set the UN vehicles parked outside a UN troops residence ablaze.

In a statement, the mission stated that; “MINUSMA would like to reiterate that Malian authorities are responsible for the security of U.N. personnel, especially in Bamako.”

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Senator-elect Ben Murray Bruce has clarified his recent series of political twitter posts which have generated both public and media interest.

The incoming Bayelsa East Senator explained that his social media agitation was targeted at the Nigerian elite because they (the elite) were selfishly consuming the resources of the country to the detriment of the poor.

Mr. Murray-Bruce, speaking in an interview with Vanguard Newspapers, lamented that it was an absolute shame that a portion of elected officers were monopolizing the resources of the country at the expense of the majority of Nigerians who lived below a dollar a day.

“I am fighting against the elite. Definitely, I am fighting them. When they drink that champagne that can educate a child, they should know that I am fighting them. You don’t fly a first class in government while in your private life, you fly economy. I am totally against their lifestyles,” he said.

He also expressed worry over the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

“We need to enact laws that favor the masses. The biggest problem in Nigeria today is that our consumption is on the high while production is low. Our leaders in APC, PDP, Labour, APGA and others are all guilty of one thing, which is consuming the resources of the majority of Nigerians.

”Imagine a situation where governors fly private jets, commissioners’ drive a twenty million naira car. Commissioners flying first class, living like kings while the state cannot pay salary of its workers. If a commissioner can have three or four policemen around him, who is policing the poor where they are being raped, maimed, robbed and killed?

“The question is what do we have for the masses? There are one hundred million people living on two dollars a day, in some places, the unemployment rate is 80 or 90% and then you have governors living a champagne life. Small wonders in some places, thieves steal N50, N200, fishing nets and destroy the lives of the people.”

A generous 5-year-old boy has suddenly become an internet sensation after he told his mum to do something very amazing to a stranger.

Josiah Duncan was said to have been eating at a Waffle House restaurant in Prattville in Alabama when he saw a homeless man outside.

5-year-old Josiah Duncan was said to have been eating at a Waffle House restaurant in Prattville in Alabama when he saw a homeless man (Left) outside. (Photo Credit: RadiosandWell.co.uk)
5-year-old Josiah Duncan was said to have been eating at a Waffle House restaurant in Prattville in Alabama when he saw a homeless man (Left) outside. (Photo Credit: RadiosandWell.co.uk)

Duncan who didn’t understand what it meant to be “homeless” repeatedly threw some very serious questions to his mother, Ava Faulk, about the poor man.

He asked, “Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?”

When his mother explained to him that the man didn’t have any food, Josiah refused to accept that and rather pleaded with his mum to buy the man a meal.

Faulk actually cooperated and bought the poor man some food after he was given a menu to choose whatever delicacy he wanted, according to USA Today.

Faulk said, “The man insisted on a cheap hamburger to start, but he was assured he could have anything he wanted. He got the works.

The man asked, ‘Can I have bacon?’ and I told him get as much bacon you want.”

Duncan said the Grace with the man as the food was served. “He even wanted to bring him home with us.

“I said, ‘You can’t bring home people you don’t know.'”

In the days since Josiah’s story went public, it has exploded on the Internet.

Duncan’s story has been picked up by media sites all over the world and was a top-trending item on Facebook on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

“He’s a people person. He does not meet a stranger. He loves everybody. He’s really a cool kid I might be biased and everybody loves him.”

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The police in Enugu State, Nigeria have arrested a 27 year old computer science and information technology graduate of a university in Cotonou, Anidi Reginald, for car snatching .

Anidi, who hails from Enugu Eke in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, is said to have graduated from the university in 2013.

According to The Punch, he was arrested by officers of the Ogui Division after he and members of his gang allegedly snatched a Honda Pilot car from the owner at gunpoint.

The incident occurred at Ozalla, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, May 16, 2015  around 11.00am.

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A University Graduate Nabbed For Armed Robbery in Enugu Staate (Photo Credit:Punch Newspapers)

It was gathered that the suspect and members of his ganghad, after snatching the vehicle from the owner, headed towards the Enugu metropolis. However, unknown to the gang, the victim had already alerted the men of the police. Police officers chased the vehicle down to Presidential Road, where a gun battle ensued between the policemen and the gang.

After the officers subdued the hoodlums in the gun battle, Anidi was apprehended, while other members of the gang escaped,

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirming the development, said an automatic pump action gun, one cut-to-size English-made single barrel gun, and cartridges were recovered from Anidi.

Mr. Amaraizu said the suspect was currently helping the police in an ongoing investigation into the activities of the gang.The police PRO also revealed that the vehicle had been returned to the owner.

The suspect speaking to journalists blamed his action on peer influence and unemployment.

President of the United States, Barrack Obama, who recently joined Twitter, challenged the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama to “gimme five.”

The video of the challenge was posted by the White House official Twitter account, @WhiteHouse, on May  13, 2015.  The video was 40 seconds and it showed the President and vice president Joe Bidden jogging, walking meetings and even riding a bike. He threw down the gauntlet and challenged her to “gimme five FLOTUS style.”

The challenged FLOTUS who is the initiator of the national ‘Let’s Move’ fitness campaign took to her twitter page on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and tweeted a 35 second video of her five different exercises to meet POTUS challenge.

The video showed her boxing, jumping ropes and casual 35-lb weight lifts e.t.c. And she was properly fitted for the occasion too. No jogging in suits for the FLOTUS.

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The remains of the late Chibuike Edeh, a worker with Protea Hotel, Benin, Edo State who reportedly died in police custody two days after he was detained for allegedly stealing a guest’s N48, 000, has been buried.

This was made known to journalists on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 through a brother to the deceased identified as Chibuzo.

According to the source, 27-year-old Edeh was buried on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his hometown in Nomeh, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

 The family of the deceased has who discovered his body at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ugbowo instead of the Adesuwa Police Division have demanded a compensation of N500 million.

The police had claimed that the deceased was killed by a Toyota Camry car as he tried to escape while leading police officers to recover the stolen money from a fence between the hotel and an NNPC mega filling station along Sapele Road.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Stephen Onwochei, claimed he was not aware of any deployment of police officers for the case.

Onwochei said, “All I know is that, about a week or two now, we have had detachment of policemen from Abuja, both Homicide Section and Terrorism Section. It’s not only because of one specific case but the general security situation, particularly these cult-related matters.

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A job seeker was on Tuesday, may 19, 2015 arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he was alleged to have forged a reference letter from the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in order to get a job at EFCC, ertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC).

The suspect whose name was given Obeijogo Raymond Azuka, was arraigned before Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of the High Court sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on a six-count charge of forgery.

According to Vanguard, Obiejigo, who holds a Higher National Diploma (HND), was arrested by the EFCC, which promptly charged him to court.

Confirming the incident, the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said: “Obiejogo is a Higher National Diploma holder. He forged a reference letter from the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and along with his curriculum vitae, requested employment in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company.”

The charges against Obeijigo read in part: “That you, Azuka Obiejogo, on or about August 11, 2014, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, intentionally induced the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to employ you as Account Officer II by presenting a forged reference letter titled, ‘Reference on Obiejogo Raymond Azuka’, purportedly made by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, recommending you as a worthy officer fit for employment and which act caused harm to the reputation of TETFUND.”

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

Following the sack of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Saratu Umar, The Cable is reporting that the NIPC boss was removed because she leaked information of alleged fraudulent tax waivers worth about $20 billion.

According to the reports, Umar was sacked eight days after a letter on the controversial waivers was leaked to the media and six days after the NIPC staff union petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan requesting her sack.The report further claims that at least $20 billion was lost between 2010 and 2014 as a result of tax holidays granted to ‘undeserving companies’ on the recommendation of NIPC.

The said letter, written by Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was written in August 2014 and addressed to Umar complaining about the indiscriminate granting of waivers.

The letter was published by Thisday on Sunday, May 10, 2015, with The Cable claiming Umar leaked the letter in order to embarrass President Jonathan and court the favour of the President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari.

Following the leak of the letter NIPC staff petition President Jonathan calling for the Umar’s sack of

Parts of the petition signed by Ahmad Ghondi, the Chairman of NIPC union read: “It appears the current Executive Secretary has taken the staff agitation for her removal to a desperate point of dragging the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to the mud by whipping up sentiments in the media at this critical time when the Nation is undergoing transition. The leakage of the letter by the Minister of Finance sent directly to the Executive Secretary of NIPC on August 12, 2014 and which has been in her custody, smacks of an act of irresponsibility and immaturity.”

The Cable reports:

NIPC is saddled with promoting investment opportunities in Nigeria, and part of the incentives for investors is tax holiday for which the commission has to issue “pioneer status” certificates.

However, the waivers are to be applied within certain criteria, such as a company investing in a virgin area that needs incentives.

Although Okonjo-Iweala did not give the actual figures of revenue lost through the tax holidays, she said while oil companies were supposed to be taxed 65 per cent under the Petroleum Profit Tax Act, certain officials of NIPC listed such companies under the Industrial Development (Tax Relief) Act, thereby making them qualify for pioneer status.

She said the tax holidays were granted to companies “whose products do not meet the requirements of the list of industries or products specified in the schedule to the Act”.

Unfair advantage The officials of NIPC further breached the rule by backdating the pioneer certificates, forcing the federal government to refund taxes that had already been paid into its coffers by these companies, she said.

A beneficiary of this, according to Okonjo-Iweala, is Seplat, an operator of one of the fields belonging to NNPC. “While SDPC (Shell) disposed of its interest to Seplat, NNPC disposed of its interest to NPDC (Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, being the exploration arm of NNPC).

Seplat, thereafter, was granted a tax holiday whereas NPDC continued to pay taxes from the operation of the same field. This confers an unfair advantage on Seplat,” she wrote.

As many as 15 oil companies are believed to have benefit from the tax holidays despite not being eligible but for the connivance of NIPC officials.

The union staged a protest that led to the paralysis of activities at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja on April 22.

During the protest, its members carried placards with inscriptions such as: ‘NIPC without management/Council’, ‘Saratu Umar must go today’, ‘Self-styled one-man management’, ‘No imprest to zonal office for eight months’.

But Umar denied the allegations, saying some directors of the agency who were indicted for misappropriating NIPC’s funds were behind the protest.

Chairman of RMFAC, Elias Mbam, recently commended Umar for “taking bold steps” that had sanitised the granting of the pioneer status incentives which had hitherto witnessed challenges in its administration that led to huge revenue loss to the federation.

Mbam said import duty waivers, concessions and exemptions “have direct bearing on the quantum of revenue accruals into the Federation Account which gets depleted and consequently affects the share of every tier of government”.

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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari may have appointed the Editor-in-chief of The Sun Newspaper, Femi Adeshina as his Special Adviser on media and publicity.

Femi Adesina, Editor of The Sun (Photo Credit: Thisday)
Femi Adesina, Editor of The Sun (Photo Credit: Thisday)

According to Thisday, Shehu Garba who was in-charge of Media and publicity to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari throughout the presidential campaign would be stepping down from that position immediately after the inauguration.

Shehu Garba was former president Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) while Mr. Adeshina was incumbent.

It was gathered that, though the appointment is yet to be confirmed, the management of The Sun Newspaper have concluded plans to restructure its management ahead of  the departure of Femi Adeshina.

It would be recalled that this is not the first time a serving (NGE) president would be appointed as the Special Adviser to a sitting leader after former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed the late Oluremi Oyo.

Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party arrives a civic reception organised in his honour by the Bauchi State Government, February 1, 2014 (Photo Credit: Eagle Online)

Unconfirmed reports have it that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resigned his post with immediate effect.

The Trent has been unable to independently verify the story.

The report also claimed that President Goodluck Jonathan has requested for the resignation of the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Tony Anenih.

Vanguard further reports that the national Vice Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus has stepped in to act in the capacity of Chairman.

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