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Kogi Governor Bello Splashes N98 Million On Mercedes Benz Amidst 40% Pay For LG Workers



Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has taken delivery of 2019 Model S Class Mercedes Benz amidst percentage salary payments to all categories of workers in the state.

In a viral video at the weekend, the governor was seen examining the car, and about to test drive the latest addition to the collection of his array of cars which includes BMW, sports car, Bulletproof Mercedes jeep, and many more.

His latest addition was coming at a time when all categories of workers on the state were being subjected to percentage salary payments with Local government workers the worst hit.

While the state workers have been going home with 80 percent for the past five months, local government workers have consistently been on a maximum of 40 percent.

READ ALSO: Looted Kogi COVID-19 Palliatives: Many Lies of Yahaya Bello

Some of the local government workers who spoke on condition of anonymity said his take-home after deduction has stagnated at N4,000 per month for the past seven months!

Recall that last month Local government workers in Kogi state under the aegis of Joint Action Union, JAU threatened to call out its members for a strike following their insistence on 60 percent salaries against the Government’s offer of 40 percent for November salary.

JAU is made up of the various Union Leadership heading Labour Union’s working at the Local Government levels, is presently engaging the Kogi State Government on the payment of October Salary.

The Joint Action Union is made up of the Leadership of NUP, NUT, NULGE, NASU, and MHWUN has In the last couple of days been engaging the State Government to return them to 50% even though the Joint Action Union is insisting on 60% salaries for their members, with Monday’s meeting ending in a deadlock.

A source close to the meeting told our correspondent that members of the Union have lost confidence in their Leadership as JAU has not protected their interest.

Workers under JAU said they have consistently been on percentage payment of salaries ranging from 30% to 35%, with the Joint Action Union in yesterday’s meeting calling for a jack-up to 60% for October Salary.

The source said asides, before the November 2019 governorship election when the various workers at the LGAs received 50% salaries, ever since then, the salaries for workers either as pensioners, teachers, health workers, primary school teachers, local government staff have ranged between 30% to 35%.

The demands by JAU members that have put the Leadership in a tight corner are coming up after many years of sacrifices, with the October salary likely to be the last to be paid centrally by the government before it is handed over to likely elected councils after the December 12 Election.

READ ALSO: Yahaya Bello: #EndSARS Protest Is Not Genuine

While the majority of JAU members at the local government level say they look forward to the return of the salaries account to the various local government areas to be handling, lamented that it has been challenging making ends meet with percentage payment.

Lamenting Bello’s ineptitude to govern, another resident who preferred anonymity said

Our governor must be the worst in the country, and it’s more heartbreaking that he’s a youth. How can a governor be that selfish?.. such that the welfare and security of his people don’t bother him. 

To even think he displayed a luxurious car he recently bought, shows how shameless he is, and it’s sad.”

Expressing dismay over the dearth of infrastructural amenities in the North Central State under Bello’s watch, Kogi State Youth Renaissance (KSYR) said while the governor continues to display arrogance and his expensive lifestyle, he’s fond of depriving the Kogi people of basic needs.

“Under Governor Yahaya Bello, healthcare has completely gone moribund with the Federal Medical Centre under lock and key after the attack by hoodlums suspected to be agents of the Bello administration. 

“This administration has continued to pay lip service to health challenges in the state including the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to unexplained deaths.

“Kogi State is now ranked among the highest in the demography of states with people living in abject poverty, with the high unemployment rate, infant mortality, low life expectancy, and increased crime rate,” the group stated.

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Why Benin Republic Still Have Sunday Igboho In Custody -Falana



Why Benin Republic Still Have Sunday Igboho In Custody -Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has revealed that Benin Republic insisted on allowing rule of law to determine the fate of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, who’s facing trial in the country.

Igboho, who had since been placed in detention in Benin Republic, was arrested in Cotonou while attempting to flee to Germany alongside his wife, Ropo.

The charges against the Yoruba Nation activist border on arms smuggling, inciting violence, and calling for a secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria.

Speaking on the matter, Falana revealed that Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic, requested the release of Igboho to him, but his request was declined.

According to Falana, Buratai was told that only the court would determine if Igboho would be released to the Nigerian government or not.

His words: “In the case of Sunday Igboho, again despite my disagreement with him, I came out to say you cannot just throw him into a waiting plane as we were told, it was attempted.

“You have to go to court. You have to make a request under international law, under the ECOWAS convention on extradition.

“The government of Nigeria is requested to submit an extradition request to the government of Benin Republic and so when the plenipotentiary, General Yusuf Buratai (retired), who at that time had not submitted his letters of credence asked that Igboho be handed over to him.

“He was told, ‘sorry, we operate the rule of law here’. That is why that matter is still in court.”

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Hushpuppi: Fani-Kayode Throws Weight Behind Abba Kyari



Hushpuppi: Fani-Kayode Throws Weight Behind Abba Kyari

Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown his weight behind Abba Kyari, a Police Commissioner, whom infamous cybercriminal Hushpuppi, alleged that he paid bribes to, from the proceeds of a $1.1 million scam deal.

Reacting to the allegation, Fani-Kayode said that there is a deep conspiracy against Kyari, describing the allegations as crazy.

The former minister’s statement read: “A super cop that has risked his life protecting us from kidnappers, murderers & terrorists all these years& that has arrested more criminals than any other is accused of taking bribes from a yahoo boy & scammer all the way from America & we are expected to believe it? Not me!

“Abba is one of the bravest, brightest and best cops in Nigeria and I will not believe these crazy allegations levelled against him or condemn him unless I see any evidence to the contrary.

“He has proved himself over and over again when it comes to catching criminals and I do not believe that he is one himself. If he were he would not have such an excellent record in combating crime.

“Nigerians seem to take delight in believing and assuming the worse about their best. That is part of our problem: we love and celebrate the evil but we despise, hate and seek to pull down the righteous and good. As far as I am concerned there are as many crooked, bent & killer cops all over the world as there are good ones & America has its fair share of both. The only people that ought to take pleasure in reading this crap about Abba are the kidnappers and terrorists in our country.

“Allegations are a dime a dozen and an indictment does not amount to a conviction: show me the evidence or keep your mouth shut forever. I urge Abba to continue the good work he has been doing and not allow himself to be distracted by his numerous detractors.

“This is a deep conspiracy to destroy his career and it will not work.”

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REVEALED: Why Hushpuppi’s Wire Fraud, Other Charges May Be Dismissed



REVEALED: Why Hushpuppi's Wire Fraud, Other Charges May Be Dismissed

Some charges levelled against infamous cybercriminal, Hushpuppi, may be dismissed. This is according to the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Central District of California, who made this known in a mail chat with Newsrand.

The charges, which are likely to be dropped, are -wire fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud.

Newsrand understands that federal authorities in the United States, have been probing Hushpuppi since his arrest last year (2020).

Arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), and subsequently extradited to the United States (U.S.), where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based, Hushpuppi has spent the last one year in custody maintaining his innocence.

However, Hushpuppi is now exploring a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.

When asked on what ground would the charges be dismissed, the USAO explained that if only the fraud suspect abides by his plea agreement.

Published court documents revealed that Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to this crime on April 20, 2021, and according to his plea agreement with the USAO, prosecutors have “agreed to not further criminally prosecute defendant for conspiracy to engage in money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud, wire fraud; bank fraud, money laundering; engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity); aggravated identity theft.”

Spokesperson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, however, explained that “those charges are technically still pending.”

“If Abbas abides by the terms of his plea agreement, we have agreed to dismiss those additional charges that are contained in the information when the case concludes, which would be after his sentencing,” he clarified.

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