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Alia Inherits N14 billion Judgement Debts from Ortom’s Administration- AG Benue

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The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Public Order in Benue State, Barr. Fidelis Mnyin has revealed that the present administration of Governor Hyacinth Alia inherited over N14 billion debt as Consent Judgement owed by the immediate past administration in the state.

The Attorney General disclosed this on Tuesday while interacting with members of the correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) in his office in Makurdi, the state capital.

Barr. Mnyim said the immediate past administration of Samuel Ortom had countless consent judgements bordered on several unpaid contracts as well as unpaid pensions running into 34 months which he(Ortom) left unattended to.

“People became aggressive, approached lawyers and filed processes in court against the state government to get their money instead of flowing with the case. At the twilight of the last administration, a lot of consent judgement was entered.

“When we came in, we had over N14 billion of these consent Judgements and still counting and these sums were fed into garnishee waiting for us. You cannot even appeal these consent judgements except by the consent of the trial court because the Government agreed to pay them and the Government is a continuum, whether it was rightly entered or wrongly entered.

“Even as we speak, more garnishees have kept flying in and if not the prudent management of the garnishees, even payment of salaries would have been affected but we have been able to set aside three,” he said.

“I am aware of the mess before we came back in, the almighty garnishees which are revolving will soon be a thing of the past. We are working tirelessly to sort out the issues.”

” Look at the level of infrastructural decay in the Ministry of Justice, the infrastructure is in a sorry sight to say the least and termites were occupying the place. I was shocked and surprised.

“The Governor visited here and saw the termite home and was appalled. We are working to improve the facilities and when you next visit, you will have a positive impression,” he assured.

Barr. Mnyim frowned at the recent spread of fake news about the state government especially in the social media and urged media practitioners to always investigate and uphold the truth at all times.

He said, “It pains me when I read very unfounded things about the elders of this state and about the state government. As a government, we are inviting investors to the state but we wake up every day to see ugly reports about the state. How do you expect an investor to come with all the fake news, he queried.

“I urge you to keep defending the truth. As a contracting party, keep the State accountable on its seven pillars but this should be done in truth.

“Government will stand for journalists if they speak the truth,” he assured.

The State Attorney-General expressed joy that three garnishee orders which would have affected the payment of salary have been set aside while others would be paid installmentally.

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Police Arrest 15 Suspects over Warehouse Vandalism in Abuja

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The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said it has arrested 15 suspects in connection with the vandalism of a warehouse belonging to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA) in Abuja.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT,  SP Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

She said two security guards employed by the warehouse management were among the suspects, arrested over the vandalism of the warehouse in Tasha area of Abuja.

Adeh said 26 bags of maize, five Motorcycles and some vandalised aluminum roofing sheets were recovered from the suspects.

“The Police Command in the FCT is fully informed about the impulsive attack on Agric Department Strategic food store located at Tasha area of Abuja, on March 3.

“The attack has resulted to the vandalism and looting of the warehouse.

“The command wishes to state that normalcy has since, been restored to the area and the situation, under control,” she said.

The Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA had earlier, confirmed the looting of its warehouse on Sunday, by some hoodlums. (NAN)

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Troops Neutralise ESN Terrorists, Clear  Hideouts in Imo – Army

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The Nigerian Army troops have  successfully cleared IPOB/ESN hideout at Ihiteukwa Community in Orsu Local  Government Area of Imo State, neutralising one IPOB/ESN terrorist after an intense firefight on Saturday.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the troops conducted a search in their hideout and recovered three Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), one Toyota Highlander SUV and one Hilux vehicle after overpowering the criminals.

He said that other items recovered include eight rounds of 7.

62mm (Special) ammunition, six rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and one locally fabricated single barrel gun.

“Other items recovered from the terrorists’ hideout include a pair of proscribed Biafran uniform, one solar panel and one CCTV camera.

“Troops also recovered 10 mobile phones,  batteries, a bundle of proscribed Biafran Currency, three solar street lights, three jungle hats, pairs of black boots and assorted charms,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the troops had in another encounter engaged IPOB/ESN terrorists at their crossing point in Akawa Nneato area of Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia.

He said the troops engaged the terrorists in a firefight resulting in the terrorists scampering in disarray into nearby bushes.

“On exploiting further after the shootout, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle loaded with 19 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two empty magazines and one FN Rifle loaded with four rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.

“In another development, troops operating in the Kawara general area of Birnin Gwari Forest in Kaduna State have cleared and destroyed a series of terrorists’ camps in the area.

“During the operation, troops recovered three motorbikes, one PKT Gun link containing 246 rounds of 7.62mm by 39mm ammunition, one woodland camouflage and a pair of Desert boots.

“Other items recovered include three magazine carriers and one Boafeng Radio.

“Troops have dominated the general area and conducting further exploits in pursuit of the insurgents.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of citizens and will continue to sustain operations to sanitize troubled areas in order to restore peace and stability in the country,” he added. (NAN)

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Recruitment: Police announce 17 CBT Examination Centres in Kogi

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The Kogi Police Command on Sunday announced 17 Computer-Based Test (CBT) Centres for the 2022 Nigeria Police Force Recruitment in the state.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, who dropped the hint in a statement issued in Lokoja, said that the recruitment scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, was only for Police Constables.

Ovye-Aya said that the 17 centres were released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

“All applicants who are invited for the CBT are advised to visit the portal to print their invitation slips and come along with it to the centres.

“Any applicant that doesn’t have the invitation slip will not be allowed into the CBT centre, ” he warned.

According to him, the recruitment is absolutely free and warns applicants to be wary of job scammers, who may want to defraud them.

He further advised the applicants to shun any form of examination malpractices or any other act contrary to the rules for the examination.

“This is key because any body caught will be prosecuted accordingly.” (NAN)

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