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FCTA Loses N18bn Advertisement, Signage Revenue



FCTA, Abuja
By Laide Akinboade 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Thursday said it lost N18 billion naira in six years to clients and business owners involved in outdoor advertisement and signage activities.

The Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage, DOAS, Babagana Adam, revealed this in an interview with newsmen immediately after a meeting with the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Chairman on how to synergise to stop the leakages by centralising and controlling signage activities in Abuja.

According to him, “We have lost about 3 billion naira each year and when you multiply it times six years, it is18 billion naira that has been lost.

“Imagine how many schools, roads, poutry farms, live stock farms and ICT centres, that would have been built with this money. So we have lost quite alot of money.

“With this new development, I don’t want to look at what we are losing, I will rather love that we strategise and synergise to put a stop to the money leakages.”

Earlier, AMAC Chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido said the collaboration is overdue by the two organs of the government, FCTA and AMAC, in order to use the available resources to provide services to the people.

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Candido said: “In the last three years , it has not been too good, because we all lost out, the reason why we must collaborate and have a new begining to cement the relationship. We must harmonise to stop double payment by the clients.”

He also noted that the constitution guarantees local governments to operate, and “if you don’t have the capacity, you contract it out so that services can be provided .

“But where Area Councils are undermined are areas that we are frowning at, that we are working together now , I believe it will be understood.”

The AMAC boss therefore reiterated the resolve of the council to support the DOAS to achieve its objective.


Prostitution Ring Leader on Italy’s Wanted List Arrested in Nigeria




A woman described as a prominent figure in the Nigerian mafia has been arrested after being on the run since 2010.

She was flown from Abuja back to Rome, Italy, where she has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The crimes of the convict, who was tried in her absence, included running a prostitution ring, Italian police said on Wednesday.

48-year-old Joy Jeff, one of the few women on the country’s most-wanted list, was arrested in Nigeria on June 4, 2022.

The international warrant issued before her extradition was facilitated by a treaty signed by Nigeria and Italy in 2020.

Investigators in the city of Ancona said Jeff played a major role in trafficking women to Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

The victims narrated how they were forced into prostitution by violence and threats.

Video released by the Italian police showed the woman being flown from the Abuja airport to Ciampino airport in Rome.

“Africa today is a strategic location when looking for fugitives and fighting organised crime,” said Vittorio Rizzi, an officer responsible for international coordination.Daily post

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Man Sues GT Bank for Unexplainable Deduction




By Prosper Okoye, Abuja

An aggrieved customer of the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has dragged the bank to court for an alleged approximate sum of 13,000 Naira deductions from his account, which was inexplicable.

“My friend initiated the suit, not for the amount, but to get justice for several other struggling Nigerians who have been victims of such bank fraud,” a source close to the plaintiff, Light Ogbonnia told DAILY ASSET yesterday.

“We all have been victims, and I commend him for taking such a bold step to seek justice after many appeals for a refund from the bank.

This would hopefully make our Nigerian banks more responsible for their actions; and I really hope all affected Nigerians will come out en masse on April 4th, which is next month, at the FCT High Court 54, Gwagwalada, Abuja, to also air their grievances against this corporate shenanigan by the GT bank, and other sister banks, when the case will begin,” he said.

In the writ of summon document also obtained by DAILY ASSET, Mr. Light claimed that he had suffered special damages as a result of the negligent act of the defendant (GT Bank).

“On the 7th of March 2022, the sum of N12, 256.36k (Twelve Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty-Six Naira, Thirty-Six Kobo) was deducted from the claimant (Mr. Light) Naira account with the name and number: Vision Trends Network, 0198466308, of which the claimant is in fear to make any further transaction as a result of the unholy debit by the defendant (GT Bank),” the document read in part.

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The writ issued by Nnamdi Mba Esq prayed that the court ordered GT Bank to pay Mr. Light the sum of twenty million Naira for the general and special damages he had suffered since last year as a result of his inability to transact businesses on the account.

This incident comes against the backdrop of a nationwide cash crunch, and unfair treatment meted out by commercial banks to Nigerian customers, which has triggered so many protests in parts of the country.  

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Hajj Camp Gwagwalada Name ICT Centre after Donor




By Ateed Yusuf, Abuja 

Authorities of Government Secondary school (GSS) Hajj Camp Gwagwalada have named an ICT centre after the donor, Architect (Dr.) Murad Saddeek.

The Principal of the School, Ishaya Doma stated this Friday penultimate week while conducting our correspondent round the school’s premises to monitor the second term resumption of academic activities.

He explained that the school deemed it fit to comply with the directive of the immediate past Chairman of FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) Alhaji Musa Yahaya during the commissioning ceremony that the Centre should be named after the donor to serve as motivation to others.

The educationist appreciated the efforts of Architecture Saddeek towards contributing in the area of providing infrastructure in the school.

The Principal also added that the donor in his recent visit to the school has promised to provide furniture including 500 chairs for the school.

He used this medium to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture of the donor.

Doma expressed satisfaction with the level of turnout of students during the first week of resumption, noting academic activities have commenced in school since Monday last week.

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