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Chad Intercepts Weapons ISIS Sent To Boko Haram As US Warns Of Possible Link
There are strong indications of a possible link between the Islamic State and Boko Haram as the Republic of Chad has intercepted a large cache of different types of weapons sent from the affiliate of the former in Libya to some members of Nigeria’s ferocious Islamic death cult in the Lake Chad region.
The Associated Press reports that the weapons were seized two weeks ago, underscoring the increasing ties between Boko Haram and the Islamic State, which now has a foothold in Sirte, Libya and Chad.
This is even as the U.S. officials warned of deepening links between the Islamic State and Boko Haram and prodded Chad’s ruling strongman, Idriss Deby Itno to introduce reforms for the sake of long-term stability.
Buhari Orders That Workers Be Paid By 25th Of Every Month
Following a standing order from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, has announced that the Federal Government will commence the payment of staff salaries by the 25th of every month.
Idris made this announcement known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, even as he said “this is going to be given a test, I believe, by this month’’.
The AGF also said that the government was working on a new arrangement, which, if approved, would ensure payment of the salaries before the monthly meeting of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), as salaries are often paid after the FAAC meeting, where revenue accruing to the federation’s account are shared between the federal, state and local governments.
Vice President, Osinbajo, Continues To Serve As RCCG Pastor
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has debunked an online report claiming that his principal has resigned as a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, Akande maintained that his principal will continue to honour the call of God on his life by serving as a pastor in the RCCG, dismissing the report as “misleading and completely baseless.”
The statement read:
“Our attention has been drawn to a false publication by a certain online medium, to the effect that Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has resigned as a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The report is misleading and completely baseless.”
Anti-Preaching Bill: Prepare To Jail 5,000 Pastors In Kaduna – PFN Dares El-Rufai
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Kaduna State Chapter has dared the State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, to come and jail 5,000 pastors if the Religious Bill currently before the state House of Assembly is passed into law.
This is just as the Pentecostal group stated that it would rather obey God than to comply with the proposed anti-preaching bill.
Speaking on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ roundtable conference in Kaduna, the state PFN chairman, Prof. Femi Ehinmidu, criticised the bill being sponsored by the state government.
Ehinmidu argued that the bill would ultimately lead to crisis in the state if the government and the state assembly go ahead to pass it into law.
Troops Currently Engaged In Fierce Battle With Boko Haram Fighters In Kareto, Borno State
Troops of 113 Battalion are currently engaged in a fierce battle with fighters of the dreaded terror group, Boko Haram at Kareto Town of Mobbar Local Governments of Borno state.
This is contained in a statement released by the Army Acting spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
The battle which started in the late hours of yesterday is still on till this morning, Monday.
The statement reads thus:
Please be informed that our troops are currently engaged in fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists at Kareto, Northern Borno State.
US Agrees To Repatriate $480m Looted By Abacha Family To Nigeria
The authorities of the United States have agreed to repatriate to Nigeria about $480million believed to have been stolen by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha and his family while he was the supreme ruler of the country.
However, the provisos and conditions put in place for the repatriation of the cash and other details are currently being processed.
The development has led to the Department of Justice in the United States creating a Kleptocracy Unit, which will assist to track looted funds and money laundered by public officials from Nigeria and other nations.
The decision to return the cash by the US came on the heels of the outcome of a recent meeting between the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.