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Tinubu appoints Hafsat Bakari, Director NFIU

President Bola Tinubu has named Ms. Hafsat Abubakar Bakari Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), pending her confirmation by the Senate.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, Tuesday.

According to the statement, Bakari is a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing.

The statement read, “President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Ms. Hafsat Abubakar Bakari to serve as the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), pending her confirmation by the Senate. “Ms. Bakari is a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing (AML/CFT/CPF).

“Before her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the NFIU, she served as Deputy Director at the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and was at different times the Head of the General Services Unit; Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit, and Head of the Board Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The President anticipates that Ms. Bakare will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to full discharge in this critical role, especially in view of his administration’s war against illicit financial flows and other sharp practices currently prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets.”

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Kano APC reacts to Ganduje’s purported suspension, sacks ward leaders

The Kano State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has void the suspension of the National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje by his ward in APC Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area.

The working committee also suspended the party leaders at the ward level.

The ward leaders through Legal Adviser, Halliru Gwanzo, had earlier supended Ganduje over his alleged nvolvement in bribery.

But the Local Government Chairman for the APC, Inusa Dawanau, stated that who purportedly suspended Ganduje were being suspended six months over their involvement in anti-party activities.

He claimed that there were their records of meetings with another party.

In his reaction, the state’s APC chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said, “We have evidence of meetings between the State Government officials and those who suspended the National Chairman, and the State Working Committee has agreed to sanction them for six months. They will remain suspended until the expiration of the period”.

 

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APC National Chairman, Ganduje suspended

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has been suspended from the party.

Ganduje was suspended by the executives of Ganduje Ward in Dawakin-Tofa local government area of Kano State.

The former Kano Governor was suspended over alleged corruption, including allegations of bribery levelled against him by the Kano State Government.

The legal adviser of the ward, Halliru Gwanzo, addressed journalists on the suspension on Monday.

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Edo condemns clash between LP candidate, Akpata and UNIBEN SUG

NBA charges Buhari, NASS to ensure approval of Electoral Bill in interest of national progress

Candidate of the Labour Party in the 21 September governorship election in Edo State, Olumide Akpata, SAN, has allegedly clashed with the Students Union Government of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

The clash occurred on Friday, during a visit by the Senior Advocate to the Ugbowo campus of the University.

This was disclosed in a statement Saturday night, by the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, the Chris Osa Nehikhare.

The statement read thus:

“The Edo State Government condemns in the strongest terms the violence associated with the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Olumide Akpata’s visit to the University of Benin on Friday, April 12, 2024.

“Claims and counterclaims have been made by Mr. Akpata and the Student Union Government (SUG) of the University in statements issued by both parties on April 13, and active investigation is ongoing on the issue.

“The Edo State Government, however, warns in the strongest terms that it will not tolerate violence or this sort of irresponsible behaviour which was associated with the visit of Mr. Akpata to the institution.

“Government has the primary responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property in the State and will spare no effort to ensure that anyone who breaches the peace, no matter how highly placed, will face the full weight of the law.

“We hereby call on all Edo people to go about their lawful businesses without let as relevant agencies progress with their investigation into the said matter.”

Akpata responds:

Meanwhile, Mr Olumide Akpata has responded to the incident. Akpata in a video clip found on Facebook, blamed the incident on his political enemies.

“What was designed to be an apolitical and innocent homecoming at my Alma Mater, the great University of Benin, yesterday, 12 April 2024, when the Senior Staff Club of the University of Benin had invited me for an interactive session, investiture as an honorary member of the Club, and to also confer an award of excellence on me took a dramatic and unfortunate turn last night.

“Regrettably, those who are most threatened by my candidacy resorted to the tired old tactic and deployed thugs masquerading as students alongside some students to disrupt and mar a sacred University Staff event.

“In the process, one lecturer was injured and is now receiving treatment. While wishing him a speedy recovery, let me assure all the good people of Edo State and Nigerians in general that I am undeterred by last night’s fiasco and that I remain resolute in my determination to bring about the desired change in Edo State come September 2024.”

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