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UPDATE: CCTV Footage Captures Suspected Thief Who Broke Into Katsina Govt House, Stole N31m During Heavy Rainfall

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A burglar, on Sunday night, broke into an office at the Government House, Katsina State, and carted away N31 million.

According to The Guardian, the incident occurred during heavy rainfall, at the office of the Financial Controller (FC) within the Governor’s Office.

Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera footage revealed that the thief stole the money through the FC’s window, and moved it in a sack through the Government House.

Report has it that the person, who stole the money, was seen through the CCTV camera, and he came through the window of the FC’s office. He was later seen carting the money away in a large sack, but his face didn’t show on the CCTV, only his torso downwards.

He said there was suspicion the thief might be familiar with the workings of the CCTV camera at the Government House, or he had the connivance with someone at the CCTV office.

Following the incident, the police arrested every employee at the FC’s office, but later released some after interrogation.

Earlier in the year, N25 million had reportedly been stolen from the Government House, leading to arrests by the police, but it was not clear if the money was recovered, or if the culprit was prosecuted.

Government officials were not available for comment on the N25 million theft at the time of this report.

The latest robbery came about a month after a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SGS), Aminu Darma, was attacked in Katsina town and N61 million carted away.

The police lamented that a similar incident had occurred months before Darma’s, in which several millions of naira were stolen from the car booth of another employee of the SGS’s office, after he had gone to withdraw them from a commercial bank.

The recurrence of monetary theft under the present administration has elicited varied reactions, especially from critics.

The Director General, New Media, Al’amin Isah, who confirmed the incident, said the state government had reported the matter to the police, and investigation ongoing.

“Those suspected to be involved in the incident have been arrested by the police and investigation is ongoing. But I don’t know the amount alleged to have been stolen,” he said, adding that measures was put in place after the first theft, to avert recurrence.

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Project Lead Africa Announces 2022 Leadership Excellence And Dignity Awards, Tagged “Rewarding Tenacity”

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Organizers of Leadership Excellence And Dignity Awards have annouced November 13th for the 2022 maiden edition of Lead Awards. It was also revealed that the prestigious event will hold at the Dome International Conference Center, Akure, Ondo State.

Addressing a cross section of journalists over the weekend in Lagos, the Executive Director, Abiola Alaba Peters AAP, said the evening promises to be a gathering of captains of industries, government officials and prominent traditional rulers as far as Ondo State is concerned.

“It is our pleasure to announce to the general public, particularly the good people of Ondo State, that all is set for the 2022 Leadership Excellence And Dignity Awards. This announcement was necessary after several months of consultation and planning, the event will be live at the Dome International Conference Center, in Ondo State capital, Akure”

“The date is November 13th 2022, It’s going to be a cooperate night, an evening of glitz and glamour, we have put in so much into making this maiden edition a memorable one. And that is why we have also taking time to design the concept of the theme of this year ceremony, REWARDING TENACITY. We believe it’s time to celebrate the individuals and organizations who have put in their best in making our dear state what it is today”

“It’s promises to be a gathering of some of the biggest names in Ondo State, from politics, business, entertainment, among others, our traditional rulers are not going to be left out, we are also expecting guests from neighboring states. Alaba Peters concluded.

Giving further details on the event, the Media and Publicity Director, Adewoye Solomon, said although activities, such as nominations and voting has kicked off since January, the award ceremony will hold on a Sunday in the month of November 2022.

In his words, “Let me start by saying that, the process and activities for the award started in January this year, the award presentation will hold in Akure, on a Sunday, the second week of November 2022. Let me also add that, two months ago, we closed the voting process. We have about 25 categories of awards, which includes the special recognition category”.

“A total of 15 categories will be decided by general public, while the remaining 10 will be decided based on the panels’ decision. We received a good number of quality entries from across the state for this debut edition. We have our final shortlists of winners, which we are confident embody the excellence the awards stand for.”

Lastly, let me also add that, this is a strictly by Invitation event. We are introducing an electronic invites by next month. We also have some top celebrities coming in from Lagos. We will make some major announcement in the month of October, do well to follow us on all our social media pages for updates. Thank You “

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JUST IN: FG Makes U-Turn, Withdraws Order To Reopen Varsities

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The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, Monday afternoon, withdrew its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities.

It was reported earlier that a circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.

But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which the Director, Finance also signed, and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order.

Though it did not explain why. The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022” partly read, “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated September 23, 2022, on the above
subject.

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn. All pro-chancellors, chairmen of governing councils, and vice-chancellors of federal universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.

“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards”

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Retired Soldiers Stage Protest In Abuja Over Pay Discrepancies [PHOTOS]

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Some retired soldiers on Monday in Abuja protested salary and pension gaps among the ranks of serving and retired military personnel.

The protesters were seen with mats and banners demanding that the federal government rectify the discrepancies.

One of the banners they carried, said, “Review the wide disparity in pay and pension across the ranks of servicing and retired personnel”

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