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BUHARI TERMINATES $195 MILLION ‘ISREALI’ SECURITY CONTRACT PROMOTED BY AMAECHI

** President Buhari, earlier this week, terminated a new defence procurement contract initiated by the members of his cabinet over allegations of fraud.

In the memo dispatched by the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, directing Abubakar Malami, to terminate the contract, the president also ordered the NSA and the NIA to investigate how the contractor obtained security clearance for the job without an end-user certificate

The deal was midwived by Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, but the House of Representatives raised questions about details of the contract and the identity of the contractor.

TRENDING

*. Real Madrid proved once again that they are uniquely made for European final nights but it had a lot to do with early Christmas gifts from Liverpool goalkeeper, Loris Karius, who handed the defending champions two goals. One goal from Karim Benzema and two from Gareth Bale confirmed Real Madrid as champions of Europe for the 13th time despite an equaliser from Sadio mane in the 55th minute. Real Madrid are champions for a third consecutive time a second time in their history.

*. Ahead of Democracy Day on May 29 this year, the presidency has published a document reeling out President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements during his three years in power. Buhari was elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), defeating then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was sworn into office on May 29, 2015.
In his inaugural speech, the president stated that his administration will focus on the economy, fight against corruption, and provision of security.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
António Guterres, UN secretary-general, has warned that the world is “one mechanical, electronic or human error away from a catastrophe that could eradicate entire cities from the map”. Guterres said this on Thursday while announcing a new vision for global disarmament to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons. Unveiling the agenda titled ‘Securing Our Common Future’, at the University of Geneva, he said: “The UN was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy. But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
The daughter of Martin Luther King has shot down a claim the late icon of the U.S. civil rights movements would have been “proud of” Donald Trump. In tweets, Bernice King rejected Steve Bannon’s claim that King would be proud of Trump’s immigration policies. Mr Bannon “has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words,” Ms King wrote. The assertion “wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect,” she wrote.

3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa says he will donate half of his salary towards a soon-to-be established fund that will be launched on July 18 – the posthumous birthday of former President Nelson Mandela. South African Government News Agencyreports that Ramaphosa made the announcement during a debate on the presidency’s budget vote in the national assembly on Wednesday.
According to him, the fund will be called the Nelson Mandela Thuma Mina Fund, and will be used to support nation building projects.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Okonjo-Iweala has revealed the blackmail and arm twisting that characterised budget passing by the National Assembly during the Goodluck Jonathan Administration. She cited an instance in 2015 when the National Assembly leadership forced the executive arm to part with N17 billion for the federal lawmakers to pass that year’s budget.
That, she said, was at a time crude price had gone down drastically.
The N17 billion alleged bribe, according to Okonjo-Iweala, the Story Behind the Headlines, was besides the NASS N150 billion annual ‘standard’ budget

5. FORMER PRESIDENT:
Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to comment by President Buhari that Nigerian youths are lazy. Jonathan spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Friday night. His words: “Nigerians youth are not lazy, I don’t believe that, because I have worked with them closely. They are great people with great potentials who should be celebrated by any leader. “As leaders, we must make sure we present a country that will make us proud and not to use our country as a negative example in Africa to the outside world. Jonathan further thanked the people of Ekiti and called for their support in the forthcoming governorship election

6, BUHARI VS OBASANJO:
As President Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo, continue to engage in a war of words, a report by the EFCC has emerged regarding corruption allegations against Mr Obasanjo. The report, signed by the then EFCC’s Director of Operations, Ibrahim Lamorde, addressed allegations of conspiracy, fraudulent conversion of funds, abuse of office, foreign exchange conversion and money laundering against the former president. On August 22, 2005, the then governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, submitted a petition alleging corrupt practices against Mr Obasanjo to the EFCC.

7, POLITICS:
Rochas Okorocha has vowed that he would not let those who called him Boko Haram and an Hausa man hijack the APC, in the State. He claimed he was called those names when he was working with President Buhari and Bola Tinubu to form the party. Okorocha, who spoke to Vanguard through his Special Assistant on Security, Dr. Chris Chukwuemeka Ekwueme, said it was impossible for his opponents in the state chapter of The APC to hijack the party and its structure which he built while they were “busy struggling for power and positions in other political parties.”

8. ECONOMY:
Even as the Nigerian economy is struggling to maintain stability after managing a recovery last year from one of the worst recessions in its history, Nigeria appears to be sitting on a tinderbox that could wipe off a sizeable chunk of its foreign reserves, derail the 2018 budget and plunge the economy back into recession. Two arbitration awards totaling over $8.9bn (about N2.7 trillion at CBN’s N305.4 as of May 22) have been made against the country and it does appear efforts by the Buhari’s administration to dodge payments have failed, leaving it with no option than to honour the judgment obligations.

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
Ramsey Nouah has been around the block of Nollywood, and while at it, he’s won some accolades, attained fame and made some money. Nouah, who has been in the business for over 25 years, has swum around the pool of acting roles a few times and back, and perhaps as such, he’s now expanding his scope in the fickle world of make-believe. The actor is set to put his directing chops to test when shooting begins on the sequel of Nollywood classic ‘Living in Bondage’ — but at the moment, Crazy People is the agenda on his plate.

10. SPORTS:
Hernán Crespo, Argentine football legend, on Saturday said Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha is the greatest Nigerian player. He said: “In my career I met a lot of players I had respect for and I would never forget players like West, Babayaro, Emmanuel Amunike, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Oliseh and George Finidi. “However I think the greatest player so far in Nigeria was Austin Okocha,” he said. Crespo, who is in Nigeria for the first time as a guest of the Heineken Group, made the comments at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos

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