Three Kidnapped Catholic Seminarians Regain Freedom
The three kidnapped students of Christ the King Major Seminary in Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been released.
The chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Reverend Father Emmanuel Okolo, announced the release of the three seminarians on Wednesday and prayed for the release of other kidnap victims who are still in the hands of their captors.
There is no indication that any ransom was paid for their release and the police are yet to issue a statement on the development.
Senate summons power ministry, others over Buhari loans, warns of sabotage
The Senate on Wednesday summoned the accounting officers of seven federal ministries, departments and agencies over their failure to defend their input in the N5.01tn loans proposed to fund the 2022 budget deficits.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, decried the non-appearance of the affected MDAs before the Senate Committee on Loans and Foreign Debts and said that the ministries had been given one week to appear before the committee on loan and foreign debt.
Lawan, while issuing the summons at the close of plenary, said if the MDAs failed to appear, the Senate would take appropriate and prompt actions against them, while stating that the Senate would not condole any act of sabotage to the efforts of the Federal Government to secure the loans to fund infrastructure development that Nigeria desperately needed.
Gas Hike: Benue Residents Turn to Firewood, Charcoal for Cooking
Residents of Makurdi in Benue State have resorted to cooking with firewood and charcoal over the hike in the price of cooking gas.
A resident, Jummai Kande, who was at the gas station to refill a 5kg cylinder, said she paid N4000 as against the N1500 same quantity was sold earlier in the year. adding that she had to resort to charcoal in other to complement cooking gas because the price of cooking gas is not ascertained.
One of them, Victoria Elaibe, a mother of eight children, said it was not surprising that herself and the other women scrambling for the wood had come from far locations of the town to pick up the woods for cooking, as they stressed that the resort to firewood cooking followed the steady increase in prices of cooking gas and their inability to buy a bottle of kerosene at N400 per litre if at all it were available.
U.S. charges 11 Nigerians with online fraud, money laundering
The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday indicted Eleven Nigerians with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Patrick J. Freaney, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service announced the unsealing of the indictment.
As alleged in the indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, some of the 11 Nigerians were identified as Adedayo John, Oluwadamilola Akinpelu, Kazeem Raheem, Morakinyo Gbeyide and Warris Adenuga, Smart Agunbiade, Lateef Goloba, Samsondeen Goloba, Olawale Olaniyan, Olawoyin Peter Olanrewaju and Emmanuel Oronsaye-Ajayi.
They were all collectively accused of participating in one or both of a money-laundering conspiracy and bank fraud conspiracy, which received funds stolen from victims.
Ministry Blames Non-Payment of D’Tigress Olympics Bonuses, Allowances on D’Tigers
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has blamed the non-payment of D’Tigress 2020 Tokyo Olympics allowances and bonuses on the failure of D’Tigers players to provide their account details.
Some key members of D’Tigress on Tuesday accused the outgoing Nigeria Basketball Federation board led by Engr Musa Kida of injustice as well as non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.
The aggrieved D’Tigress took to Twitter to demand the payment of the backlog of their bonuses and allowances, an improved welfare package, and to be honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari for making the country proud.
In a press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ismaila Abubakar, on Wednesday, the ministry revealed that it had planned to pay both teams at once after their appearance at the Tokyo Olympics Games.
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