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What I discussed with Buhari at President Villa – Bisi Akande

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A leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande, has said his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja was not political but to commiserate with him on his bereavement.

Akande, pioneer National Chairman of the party, was at the Presidential Villa in company with another leader of the party, Sen. Bola Tinubu. The visit was the second in two weeks.

Buhari’s extended family lost two senior members within a few hours.

Ai’sha Mamman, wife of the president’s elder brother, died on Friday, while Halima Dauda, his niece, died on Saturday.

Akande told newsmen shortly after leaving the Villa that his visit with Tinubu to the president had nothing to do with politics ahead of 2019 elections.

According to him, Buhari’s popularity in the country was unshakable.

“I must point out clearly that my visit in the company of Asiwaju has nothing to do with politics. There is no crisis in our party that is not being adequately handled.

“Our visit is a friendly one; it is a visit by friends commiserating with another friend, who recently lost family members. Every other thing is in the imagination of mischief makers.

“The problem is with those who brought this nation to its knees. These people cannot be redeemed.

“They are the ones making all hues and cries, because free money they were used to have ceased,” he said.

Akande said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ruined the country almost beyond redemption.

“President Buhari is doing everything possible to redeem the situation of the country.

“No one said it is going to be easy, given the scale of destruction of the recent past, but with steadfastness and patriotism, a lot is being achieved,” he added.

On Tinubu’s recent assignment to reconcile members of APC, the former chairman of the party said the former Lagos governor was the best man for the job.

“If you will recall, Asiwaju was the deciding factor that brought together the alliance that birthed the APC. He has the energy, the doggedness and the discipline to replicate this in bringing together all feuding sides.

“It is all about the nation. In the APC, we put the country first, and once we are convinced that what we are doing is in the interest of the country, every other thing is secondary”, he said.

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Edwards Adamu Replaces Muiz Banire As AMCON chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, appointing Edward Lametek Adamu as new chairman of the Corporation.

This was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The letter, dated December 9, 2019, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

”Banire was appointed as AMCON Chairman in 2018

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How Wife Of MAERSK Nigeria MD Was Killed By Daredevil Armed Robbers

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The Lugard Road, Lagos home of the Managing Director of MAERSK Nigeria, Mr Gildas Tohouo was invaded by daredevil armed robbers on Sunday 8th December, 2019.

During the invasion, Tohouo was stabbed by the assailants alongside his Hungarian wife, who died from the incident.

The MD is said to be a Cameroonian.

However, Mr Tohouo, who survived the attack, is said to be in a very critical situation at an undisclosed hospital in Victoria Island, not too far from their Ikoyi residence.

It was revealed that the incident occurred at about 8 – 9pm on the fateful day, while an expert in the same building was having a party.

Sources stated that the building maintenance man/ electrician brought in an accomplice under the guise of being a guest at the party.

“Once in and plan finalized, he tripped off the light to the victims’ residence and asked for access to the victims’ apartment to resolve the fault.

“Being a known person, Tohouo gave access and the two culprits proceeded to stab his wife fatally.

“The MD was able to send SOS text before he was accosted and also stabbed severally. MAERSK team received the SOS and mobilized policemen to the location in Ikoyi.

“Some suspects were arrested after a thorough search of the premises and the death of the deceased was confirmed, while Tohouo is responding to treatment,” said a source..

It was gathered that two of the domestic staff present, when the unfortunate incident occurred have been arrested by men of the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Police and are being interrogated.

The suspects, Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, who were allegedly found with the knife believed to have been used during the operation, were reportedly helping security operatives get to the root of the matter.

Reports say none of the couple’s three children was attacked by the hoodlums during the invasion.

Confirming the attack, a statement issued by MAERSK Nigeria and signed by one Mr Richard Smith, quoted the Regional Managing Director of Africa for A.P. Moller, MAERSK, Mr David Williams, saying that, “We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical, but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy.

“The relatives of the family are in the process of being notified. Relevant authorities are investigating the incident. Maersk is supporting the investigation in every possible way.”

Completely sick. It was a robbery organised by some maintenance guys working in his compound at Lugard Road. They’ve been apprehended.”

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Muhammad Nami Takes Over from Fowler as FIRS Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr. Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He replaces Mr. Tunde Fowler, whose tenure expired on Monday.

He is a tax consultant and graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“Mr. Muhammad, a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical work experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations,” the Presidency said in statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Buhari also approved the composition of the board of FIRS.

-NAN

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