The Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations (FOGON), has petitioned the U.S. government making known its displeasure in the alleged issuance of a travel visa to Atiku Abubakar,the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of next year’s elections.
The group also stormed the U.S. embassy in protest with placards that accuse Atiku of money laundering, and highest level of financial crimes. The group says granting Atiku a U.S. visa signals to Nigerians U.S. interference in the nation’s politics.
The group’s national president, Wole Abiodun called on the U.S. embassy to withdraw the alleged visa as he accused Atiku of money laundering.
For almost thirteen years now, Atiku has been unable to enter the united states following an allegation of money laundering. U.S. senator William Jefferson, who was accused of conniving with Atiku on the alleged crime, was jailed in the U.S. after the F.B.I. retrieved a million dollars from his freezer, purportedly proceeds of crime.
Breast Cancer Patients In Ondo State To Benefit From N9.5m Aid
Someindigent breast cancer patients in Ondo state will benefit from the largesse of some Ondo state political appointees who have donated nine and a half million Naira to assist in the cost of their treatment.
Ondo state Governor’s wife, Betty Akeredolu announced the gift during the forum for wives of Ondo state officials summit on Thursday in Akure.
Mrs. Akeredolu said women were very important in nation-building, and that the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria will continue to work to ensure that no woman in the state was killed by the deadly disease.
The nine and a half million Naira donation was raised through auctions.
Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World
Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.
The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria. It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”. The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..
Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.
This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.
States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.
The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
First Phase Of Second Niger Bridge To Be Completed By February 2019
By the end of February next year, the Federal Government will be ready to deliver the completed first phase of the second Niger bridge that cost more than 200 billion Naira.
The Bridge is now sixteen percent completed with a total direct Federal Government funding of 33 billion Naira under the presidential infrastructure development fund.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Uche Orji, gave the completion date while updating journalists on the level of work on the bridge so far.
Orji said, when completed, the six lane bridge would ease the transportation gridlock on the Asaba-Onitsha corridor linking the eastern and western parts of the country and beyond.
The bridge will be completed in three phases.
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