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Veteran journalist, Mayor Akinpelu, knocks Aregbesola over utterances

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One of the leading media personalities in Nigeria, Isiaka Abiodun Akinpelu, also known as Mayor Akinpelu, has taken a swipe at the former governor of Osun State and current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, over what he termed as an act ingratitude to benefactor.

Recall that the Nigerian media space has been awashed with news and videos of the former right hand man of the national leader of All Progressives Congress and 2023 presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, where the former Osun State governor had attacked the former over the upcoming APC primary election in the state.

In one of the viral videos, Aregbesola, while addressing party loyalists in Ijebu-jesa on Monday, said he supported Tinubu’s handpicked candidate as his successor in 2018 because it was agreed that he would continue the legacies he laid but on assumption of office, Governor Gboyega Oyetola failed to keep the agreement.

“We exalted him beyond his status and he turned himself to a god over us and we had sworn to ridicule anyone who compares himself to God. God has no competitor; He is enough to be God.

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“We built this party on perseverance as well as sweat and blood. We lost a lot of people in this struggle but eventually, we came into government on November 27, 2010. We were in government for eight years and governed according to the measure of God’s grace, everybody in Osun enjoyed our tenure,” Aregbesola was heard saying in one of the videos.

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Different reactions had greeted the former governor’s utterances on Asiwaju. While some Nigerians believed it was a payback time for Tinubu, claiming the chicken is coming home to roast, others believed Aregbesola’s reaction was an inconceivable act of ingratitude to a benefactor who single-handedly made him what he is today.

In his reaction, the publisher of Global Excellence questioned what could have been Tinubu’s offence to deserve such open denigration from the minister.

“Yes, I’m emotional. Asiwaju made Aregbe commissioner of works. That was the ministry used to take care of party members. People used to stay in his office till 3am.

“When the decision was taken to build another structure he was put in charge. It started with BATCO which later became Mandate. Asiwaju supported him financially and otherwise to become governor in Osun. While he was at it for years, his post as commissioner of works was not filled.

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“As governor in Osun, he was the one controlling the structure in Lagos through Mandate.

“What is Asiwaju’s offence? That he supported his cousin to be governor in Osun. What do you expect him to do? Aregbe wanted Adeoti and he was forced to accept Oyetola. The problem between them was that Aregbe wanted to be godfather in Osun. No governor would accept that. Lagos is an exemption,” Lord Mayor, as the veteran publisher is also known, wrote.

Akinpelu believed Aregbesola’s grievances should have been directed towards the governor while leaving Tinubu out of it and buttressed his points by sighting a former governor of Akwa Ibom’s attempt to control his protegee, when the latter became governor.

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“(Godswill) Akpabio installed the governor in Akwa ibom they fell out. (Peter) Obi in Anambra they fell out. (Orji) Kalu in Abia they fell out. No governor would allow you to control him.

“So if you are angry why would you want the destruction of your benefactor who gave you everything. It was Aregbe and late Peperito that removed Ambode. Aregbe had strong influence on Tinubu.

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“Is it too much to say let my cousin be? BRF had issues with Asiwaju he never denigrated Asiwaju publicly. Banire had issues with Asiwaju he never denigrated Asiwaju publicly. Even Ambode that has cause to be bitter have you seen him say anything publicly against Asiwaju. You that much was given now seek the destruction of your benefactor. Aregbe is an ingrate,” he submitted.

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Lagos teenager dies after father’s beating

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Lagos teenager dies after father’s beating

The Police in Lagos State have begun an investigation into the death of a 19-year-old boy allegedly beaten to death by his father.

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

 

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The spokesperson said that the Alagbado Police Division received a report of the alleged crime on Tuesday.

He said, “At about 12.00 p.m. on July 5, at about 2.00 p.m., one Olumide gave his son, Adeyemi a deep cut under moderate correction, at his right hand side with a shovel over an undisclosed offence.”

Hundeyin said that the young man sustained injury as a result of the impact of the shovel attack

“The young man was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment.

“But when the injury became serious, he was taken to the General Hospital Ikeja, where he gave up the ghost as a result of tetanus infection, as confirmed by the doctor on duty.

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“The scene was visited by detectives of the division.

“However, the father of the victim is currently at large and the case is under investigation,” he said.

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Police hunt ‘area boys’ for killing final-year Bayelsa varsity student over N150 levy

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Police hunt ‘area boys’ for killing final-year Bayelsa varsity student over N150 levy

There is outrage in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the stabbing to death on Monday of a final-year student of the Niger Delta University.

Community sources who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday said the victim, Francis Palowei, was at the Sand Dump, a popular spot among the students for relaxation and socialising when some youths in the area stabbed him to death when he failed to give them N150.

 

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Palowei, who hailed from Obrigbene community in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was expected to graduate on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, when the university would hold its next convocation.

Theheute gathered that men of the Nigeria Police Force had gone to the community and started searching for the perpetrators.

According to one source, who pleaded anonymity, students of the institution have also joined in the search for the perpetrators while the shock of the incident has made some students shun classes, with a greater majority attending classes.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Indoni Engezi, who confirmed the incident, told Theheute that the incident did not affect academic activities as “the university is a different community.”

Engezi said the issue affected the host community, Amassoma, and that the police were already on top of the situation.

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“The owner of the sand dump does not charge any fees for using the premises, but some youths usually charge N150 from anyone who wants to use the premises”, he said.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Musa Mohammed, said the Commissioner of Police, Francis Idu, had deployed additional manpower to the community to maintain the peace.

Mohammed said the police had launched a manhunt for the killers.

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FG gets over $751m World Bank loan

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The Federal Government has obtained $751.88m out of the recently approved $1.5bn loan by the World Bank.

The loan under the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilisation to Enable Transformation, Development Policy Financing Programme project was disbursed on June 28, 2024, documents from the global financial institution seen by Theheute indicated on Wednesday.

 

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This loan project is a part of the broader $2.25bn approved by the World Bank for Nigeria on June 13, 2024, to bolster Nigeria’s economic stability and support its vulnerable populations.

The $1.5bn loan comprises two separate agreements between Nigeria and the World Bank: An International Development Association credit of $750m, and an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan of $750m.

The amount disbursed includes the entire $750m from the IDA loan and $1.88m from the IBRD of the World Bank, with an undisbursed balance of $748.13m.

It also had fee charges of $1.88m.

The proposed DPF for Nigeria consists of a standalone operation with two tranches designed to support significant reforms in alignment with the government’s economic stabilisation and recovery priorities.

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This operation is structured around four key results distributed across two pillars, which include increasing fiscal oil revenues from 1.8 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2022 to 2.7 per cent by 2025, boosting non-oil fiscal revenues from 5.3 per cent to 7.3 per cent over the same period, expanding social safety nets to assist 67 million vulnerable Nigerians, and raising the import value of previously banned products from $11.3m to $54.6m by 2025.

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The Federal Ministry of Finance is tasked with the implementation of these reforms, working under the oversight of the World Bank, which collaborates with other key national stakeholders such as the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to monitor and assess the progress and impact of these reforms.

The World Bank will provide supervision and support throughout the implementation process, ensuring that the operation’s goals are met efficiently and effectively.

According to the financing agreement documents for the loan, Nigeria is expected to meet certain conditions to get the entire funds.

Recall that both IDA Credit and IBRD loan agreements have the same requirements, according to the loan agreement documents obtained from the World Bank.

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Some of the actions to be undertaken under this loan project include a presidential executive order mandating all fiscal transfers to the Federal Government, including those from crude oil sales and gasoline imports, to be executed at the prevailing market exchange rate within a specified implementation period.

The submission of a draft bill to the National Assembly to progressively increase the VAT rate to at least 12.5 per cent by 2026 and allow input tax credits for capital and services.

Also, the World Bank included a submission of a revised bill to the National Assembly mandating the use of the national social registry as the primary targeting tool for social investment programmes.

The documents read, “No withdrawal shall be made of the single withdrawal tranche unless the bank is satisfied, after an exchange of views as described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Section 3.01 of Article III of this agreement based on evidence satisfactory to the bank with the progress achieved by the borrower in carrying out the programme;

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“That the macroeconomic policy framework of the borrower is adequate;

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that the actions described in Section I.B [which are the key requirements presented in the next section of this report] of this schedule have been taken.

“If, after this exchange of views, the bank is not so satisfied, it may give notice to the Borrower to that effect and, if within 90 days after the notice, the borrower has not taken steps satisfactory to the bank, concerning paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above, then the bank may, by notice to the borrower, cancel all or any part of the unwithdrawn loan balance.”

So far, Nigeria has made progress in some areas, such as increasing petrol prices and implementing cash transfer programmes.

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