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Terror Attacks: Buhari Calls for Increased Vigilance

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja called for increased vigilance among the civilian population to help ward off suicide terror attacks on soft targets around the country.

The President condemned in strongest terms the barbaric suicide terrorist attacks which took place in Yola on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 and in Kano today, causing numerous deaths and injuries among civilians.  

The President extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Adamawa and Kano States respectively.

Buhari Orders Arrest of Indicted Persons Over Arms Procurement

On the authority of Mr President, a 13 man committee was set up by the Office of the National Security Adviser to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to date.

While the committee which was inaugurated on 31 August 2015 is yet to complete its work, its interim report has unearthed several illicit and fraudulent financial transactions.

President Buhari Condemns Terrorist Attack on Paris

President Muhammadu has received with great shock and profound sadness, news of the dastardly and heinous terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris.

On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari conveys his heartfelt sympathy to President Francois Hollande and the people France.

The President also extends sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the unfortunate victims of the callous attacks.

Employee in Court for Allegedly Stealing ₦6.2m

An employee of Embassy Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services, Lagos, Jonathan Odize, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing N6.2 million from the company.

Odize, 34, who reside at No. 4 Tim Unity Road, Ikeja, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, told the court that the offences were committed within the months of May, June, July, August, September and November.

Labour Unions want FG to Investigate Alleged Fraud in TSA

Labour unions on Thursday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to investigate allegation of fraud in the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), made the call at a one-day public lecture with the theme: Cost of Good Governance with Special Focus on the National Assembly.

It will be recalled that the Senate had ordered its committees on finance, banking and financial institutions and public accounts to investigate operations of TSA over alleged irregularities.

NDLEA Warns Youths against Peddling Cannabis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned youths in Ekiti State to desist from peddling cannabis.

The State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Suleiman Jadi, said that the agency had arrested and prosecuted more than 30 youths since January, in the state, for peddling cannabis.

Jadi said that the number arrested included men and women who indulged in smoking, selling, cultivating or transporting cannabis.

Buhari Appoints New Permanent Secretaries

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of the following as Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service:

1. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba
2. Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse
3. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun
4. Dr. Bukar Hassan
5. Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka
6. Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi
7. Mr. Sabiu Zakari
8. Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi
9. Mr. Aminu Nabegu
10. Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele
11. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo
12. Dr. Shehu Ahmed
13. Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu
14. Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa

MTN Posts Slower Subscriber Growth

MTN Group, Africa's largest mobile phone operator, reported a slowdown in quarterly subscriber growth on Thursday, squeezed by stiff competition and tougher regulation in its key Nigerian market.

According to Reuters, MTN said users increased 0.9 percent in the three months to end-September, a slowdown from 2 percent growth the same time a year ago.

Chief Executive Sifiso Dabengwa said the company's subscriber base in Nigeria fell marginally after more than 5 million users disconnected from the network having failed to register their SIM cards.

ASUU Cautions on TSA Impact on Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that operating the Single Treasury Account (TSA) could hamper the smooth running of the university system if implemented in a hurry.

The union expressed the view as part of its resolutions during the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting held in Owerri yesterday.

ASUU National President, Nasir Isa, said for such a policy to be workable in the universities, the Federal Government should have involved university representatives in deliberating on the policy.

Buhari Pledges to Implement Audit Report on Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged to implement the recommendations of Environmental Audit Report on Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) .

He made the pledge after receiving the report at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Buhari pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the Lake Chad Commission in the discharge of its duties.