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UNIUYO Gives Fulani Herdsmen 2-Week Ultimatum To Quit Campus

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The authorities of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) has given a two-week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen grazing on the all the campuses of the institution to move out their cattle.

The school’s authority claimed the cattle have constituted nuisance to the premises.

Vice Chancellor of institution, Prof. Enefiok Essien, gave the ultimatum to the herdsmen at a meeting with the Fulani herdsmen led by their head, Alhaji Farouk Miyetti Allah, in Uyo, on Monday.

Prof. Essien, in a statement signed by the Director, Public Relations, Mr. Godfrey Essien, said the meeting was crucial in the interest of peace and unity in the university.

The ultimatum, according to the statement, began on Friday April and would expire on May 11. It was observed that there were herds of cattle constantly moving around the university main campus, and called on the leadership of the herdsmen to restrain their cattle from entering the institution in order to avoid conflict and discord.

‘‘There were herds of cattle constantly moving around the main campus and therefore, called on the leadership of the herdsmen to restrain their cattle from entering the university in order to avoid conflict and discord, he said.

The Vice Chancellor also directed the chief security officer of the university, Lt. Col. Nkana Efik (rtd), to liaise with the herdsmen, to ensure that the cattle were taken out of the campuses within two weeks.

He thanked all the parties at the meeting for their useful contributions, understanding and commitment towards ensuring peace and unity.

The Registrar and Secretary to the Senate of the institution, Mr. Aniedi-Abasi Udofia said, it was necessary to avoid any herdsmen-related clash as such clash has threatened the peace in parts of the country today because of conflict between them and the communities.

Udofia, while urging the Fulani community to withdraw their cattle with immediate effect however noted that, the cattle have been roaming the campuses destroying experimental crops among other things.

Secretary, Fulani Herdsmen, Ahmed Aliyu thanked the Vice-Chancellor and the management of the University for the invitation to dialogue over the matter, and appealed for time to dialogue with his colleagues to resolve the matter amicably.

The meeting was attended by members of the University management, personnel from the Department of State Service, DSS and the Police.

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COVID-19: Chinese Doctors Arrive Nigeria Today, To Spend One Month

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Despite opposition by the Nigerian Medical Association, the visiting 15-member medical team from China will arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on a chattered Air Peace aircraft on Wednesday (today).

The personnel, who are experts in infectious diseases, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology, will be coming with their drugs, and equipment to carry out COVID-19 tests on the staff of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in the country.

The Executive Director, CCECC, Mr Jacques Liao, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the medical team would be coming with 16-ton test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, drugs, infrared thermometer and other items ordered by the Federal Government.

Liao dispelled what he described as the controversy about the team’s visit, stating that “the primary purpose of the team is to provide CECC employees with critical and necessary healthcare.”

He added, “All members of the working team have tested negative for COVID-19 and shall commence their stay in Nigeria by spending 14 days in quarantine.

“The primary purpose of the team is to provide CCECC employees with critical and necessary health care assistance. They are also coming with adequate personal protective equipment and medical items for the employees.”

The director explained that under the directive of the Embassy of China in Nigeria and in response to the Federal Government’s request, the team may also share with their Nigerian counterparts effective methods on COVID-19 containment.

Liao explained that in keeping with CCECC’s corporate value, ‘stride with Nigeria,’ the firm would be participating in the construction of two COVID-19 response facilities in the Federal Capital Territory for free.

Meanwhile, the Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives has rejected the decision of the Federal Government to bring in Chinese doctors and nurses to assist in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawmakers on Tuesday said the decision to bring in people from “the hotbed of the plague” was not in Nigeria’s best interest. They urged the Federal Government to suspend the plan.

Their position was contained in a statement signed by the House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta), in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Elumelu, said the caucus wanted the Federal Government to rescind its decision to import doctors from the “hotbed of the plague into our country at this critical time.”

The statement read in part, “The lawmakers note that Nigerian doctors and nurses are doing well so far in managing the scourge, and express fears that bringing in Chinese medical personnel, whose status, intentions and scope cannot be easily ascertained and controlled is totally against our national interest.

“The Federal Government should note the apprehensions of Nigerians and professional bodies including the Nigeria Medical Association over the decision. The caucus notes that this is particularly after alleged escalation of the pandemic in certain countries after Chinese doctors were reportedly involved, in addition to widespread trepidations over the safety of medical equipment and kits from China at this point in time.

“At such critical time, the safety and wellbeing of our citizens must be paramount and anything that is capable of further jeopardising their lives must be avoided.” (Punch)

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records 16 New Cases Of Coronavirus

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday night announced sixteen new cases of the Coronavirus,

Ten cases were recorded in Lagos; two cases were recorded in the FCT, two in Oyo, one in Delta and one in Katsina

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 254.

44 have so far been discharged with six deaths recorded.

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UK Joins US To Block $110M Abacha Looted Funds From Getting Transferred To Bagudu

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The United Kingdom has joined the United States in resisting a plan by the Federal Government to hand over nearly $110 million of funds the American authorities say was stolen by late dictator Sani Abacha to Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

According to Bloomberg, the governments of Nigeria, the UK and the US, are involved in a dispute over investment portfolios worth 141 million euros ($155 million) traced to Abacha and held in trust for Bagudu, the governor of Nigeria’s northern state of Kebbi, and his family.

Nigeria is seeking the approval of a U.K. court to take ownership of the assets before returning 70% of the proceeds to Bagudu under the terms of a 2018 deal.

The U.K. government’s National Crime Agency “is opposing the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s application,” according to a motion filed by Bagudu’s brother, Ibrahim, to the District Court for the District of Columbia in the U.S. capital on March 30.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in February that its Nigerian counterpart is hindering its efforts to recover the allegedly laundered money from the U.K.

The U.S department of Justice is accusing Bagudu, 58, of being part of a network controlled by Abacha that “embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the government of Nigeria.”

While successive Nigerian governments have repatriated billions of dollars looted by Abacha, who died in office in 1998, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari says it’s prevented from assisting the U.S.’s ongoing forfeiture efforts by an agreement between Bagudu and a previous government in 2003.

Abacha is estimated to have stolen as much as $5 billion during his five-year rule.

That 2003 settlement, which was approved by a U.K. court, allowed Bagudu to return $163 million to Nigeria “without admitting to wrongdoing,” according to U.S. court filings.

In return, the government dropped all outstanding civil and criminal claims against him.

Bagudu was elected a senator in 2009 and the governor of Kebbi State six years later.

Five years after the U.S. launched fresh forfeiture proceedings against him, Bagudu and Buhari’s administration struck a new accord in October 2018 to transfer ownership of the investment portfolios to the Nigerian state, which would immediately pay 98.5 million euros to the Kebbi governor and his affiliates.

The terms of the updated settlement can’t be implemented while Nigeria’s application in a U.K. court is pending and a freezing order is still in place, according to a motion by Ibrahim Bagudu, who is entitled to a $100,000 annuity from the funds and is contesting the U.S. confiscation efforts.

Although the DoJ and NCA oppose the 2018 settlement, Ibrahim Bagudu and the U.S. government “recently commenced preliminary discussions regarding a potential negotiated resolution to this matter,” according to a motion filed by the U.S. government to the district court on March 13.

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