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Olusegun Runsewe: They Want To Jail Me Because I Refused To Sell Govt Property To Them [Document Attached]

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The Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has said that what resulted in him being dragged to court and consequently sentenced to jail was because he refused to sell the Arts and craft village to some people.

It would be recalled that on the 9th of January an FCT High court in Maitama convicted and sentenced the DG to jail for contempt of court.

The judgement which was given by Justice Jude Okeke in motion from a suit filed by Ummakalif Ltd against the DG NCAC, the FCT Minister, the Federal Capital Development Authority and the Minister for Culture and Tourism over the sealing of the Arts and Craft village in Abuja.

Runsewe in a press briefing in Abuja on Friday while reacting to the court injunction against him and the NCAC over the ownership of Arts and Crafts Village, said the reason why some people wanted him hounded into jail and removed from office was that he refused to sell the village to them.

The DG who revealed that the property is worth N9.8billion said when he took over as the DG, the Arts and Craft village was a den of robbers and all forms of illegality as police had to interfere to rid it of criminals and remove over two hundred stolen cars from the village. He said it was turned into a security threat to both Abuja residents and foreigners defeating the aim of the village.

“The Arts and craft village belongs to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It does not belong to me but to the Nigerian people so I would be failing in my duties as a public officer and appointee of government if I cannot protect government property which I was mandated to oversee,” he said.

He said that the Council will not relent in its efforts to reposition the nation’s culture as well as protect the government’s property across the country.

He further stressed that he will remain committed to the development of the village no matter the opposition’s plan against him, adding that it was imperative to clear the air on the issue to help stem the tide of negative reactions.

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BREAKING: Churches, Mosques Remain Shut In Lagos, Says Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said that churches and mosques in the state might not be reopened soon for worshippers.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said this on the sideline of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments.

Elegushi said that the reopening of the worship centers was not possible soon, as the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

”Even before the pronouncement by the Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the religious leaders, we even had one with Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses.

”We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, the possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally.

”They claimed that they cannot take such responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them.

”Like an Imam said, he doesn’t know what is going on at the back immediately he is leading a prayer. He said if more than 20 or 50 people are staying at his back he is not going to take responsibility for their presence.

”So, in the meeting, we ruled out in totality the issue of reopening the religious houses until we have a clear coast for us to do so.

”The Federal Government mentioned it, but it never ruled out the state in achieving that pronouncement, so all states will have to look at the possibility of doing so in their respective states.

”We all know Lagos is still having more figures. So definitely that will speak to our decision,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said that the governor of the state would come out with further directives on the matter.

(NAN)

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BREAKING: Senate Approves Buhari’s $5.513bn External Loan Request

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The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s $5.513 billion external loan request to finance the revised 2020 budget.

The approval followed the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Clifford Odia (Edo Central) by the upper chamber.

Buhari has in his letter of request, said that the $5.513 billion external loan is to enable the Federal Government to fund the 2020 revised budget.

However, the components of the external loan which is to enable the Federal Government to execute its priority projects and for projects to support State Governments in stimulating their economy which has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was stood down by the Senate due to lack of requisite details.

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BREAKING: Buhari Meets AfDBPresident, Akinwunmi Adesina

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President Muhammadu Buhari is in a closed-door meeting with the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, in the State House.

Adesina had been in the eye of the storm over allegations of impropriety at the bank, a situation which had been a subject of inquiry by the Bank’s Ethics Committee.

The Committee cleared the AfDB President but the United States Department of Treasury dismissed the verdict, calling for an independent investigation of the allegations against Adesina.

AfDB, a regional multilateral institution, is owned by African countries but the United States of America (USA) is a major investor.

Nigerian and other African leaders have been rallying support for Adesina, who is completing his renewable five-year-term.

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