PNAI unveils special taskforce on multiple taxation urges citizens to support FG on intelligence gathering
Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative (PNAI), a security outfit, on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government in the area of intelligence gathering to rid the country of security challenges.
Founder and Chairman Governing Council, Amb. Egbe Akparakwu Adun made the call at the unveiling ceremony Presidential Policing Marshals Special Taskforce on Multiple Taxation, Tax Justice, Revenue Remittance, Sustainable Food Security and other Crimes.
He also emphasised the need for citizens to support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to tackle security challenges by carrying out their voluntery supportive activities at the grassroots.
Adun, who is the PNAI Special Intelligence of Marshals, noted that there are so many things citizens could do to add value to national security and nation building.
He said that developing a country was a business of all citizens, saying ” we are in a state where Nigeria must understand and recognise the importance of supporting national building.
” It is not about President Buhari or any former President or the next President to come but it is about the citizens of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
” Out there we think about what to give our country but in Nigeria so many people think about what they can get from Nigeria,” he said.
” For me what I have to give Nigeria is what I am launching today and I need your support, I want government to take ownership.
” And I want every Nigeria that truly love this country to be bold enough to confront anything around you that you know is dragging this country backwards.
” Nigeria is our only country. We don’t have another and for now we must protect it
” Today we are set to unveil the major identity, the major focus and then tell Nigerians that there is still hope.
” If any Nigerian feel that because there is insecurity in the country, the hope is lost tell the people that the hope is not lost.
” Nigeria is our country and until all Nigerians rise the country will not be protected.
” If all persons or individuals will see it from the angle policing Nigeria Marshals is seeing it we will make Nigeria great again.
” Looking at the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari administration who is doing all he can to see that Nigeria come out of the present security challenges.
” We are calling on citizens to support the administration in the area of intelligent gathering and supporting the government in the areas of carrying out your own voluntary supportive activities at your local levels.
” It can be at the community level, it can be at the local level or at city and even urban cities.
” There are so many things citizens will do to add value to national security and building.
” We are here to unveil a logo, to unveil an identity and to tell Nigerians that the war against multiple Taxations that sounds like a game, that sounds like some person somewhere are playing drum and dancing.
” We want to passed a message to the media and other stakeholders that multiple taxation has done so much things that drag this nation backwards to the point where so many things are not working well
” And until it is taken in this format and taken by every citizen to the grassroots we will not be able to contribute our part to developing Nigeria.”
On his part, Sani Aliyu, the Commandant General, Neighborhood Enlightenment and Safety Organization (NESO), urged Nigerians to rise to the occasion of security awareness.
Aliyu said lack of security awareness had cause the country and Nigerians a lot, stressing the need for all Nigerians to contribute to curtailing insecurity in the country.
NGX key indicators drop further by 0.79% on profit taking
By Gistflash News
July 29, 2021
Trading at the nation’s bourse extended losing streak on Thursday, with key market indicators nosediving by 0.79 per cent following profit taking in UACN and Union Bank of Nigeria.
Specifically, the All-Share Index lost 306.21 points or 0.79 per cent to close at 38,484.82 from 38,791.03 recorded on Wednesday.
Accordingly, month-to-date gain moderated to 1.5 per cent, while year-to-date loss increased to 4.4 per cent.
Also, the market capitalisation which opened at N20.210 trillion shed N159 billion to close at N20.051 trillion.
The negative performance was buoyed by investors’ sell-off sentiments in all the major market sectors, excluding the insurance sector that increased by 3.24 per cent.
The market negative performance was driven by price depreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks amongst which were; BUA Cement, UACN, Flour Mills, NASCON Allied Industries and Guaranty Trust Bank Holding Company (GTCO).
An analysis of the price movement table indicated that market sentiment closed negative with breadth 22 stocks laggards in relative to 17 gainers.
Oando led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.70 per cent to close at N4.75 per share.
UACN followed with 8.93 per cent to close at N10.20, while Linkage Assurance lost 7.69 per cent to close at 60k per share.
FTN Cocoa Processors dipped 7.55 per cent to close at 49k, while UPDC shed 5.56 per cent to close at N1.19 per share.
On the other hand, Tripple Gee & Company recorded the highest gain to lead the gainers’ table with 10 per cent to close at 99k per share.
Regency Alliance Insurance trailed with 9.76 per cent to close at 45k, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance went up by 9.26 per cent to close at 59k per share.
Prestige Assurance rose by 8.89 per cent to close at 49k, while Academy Press gained 8.57 per cent to close at 38k per share.
The total volume of trades rose by 9.5 per cent to 259.97 million units valued at N1.98 billion exchanged in 4,975 deals.
This was in contrast with 237.51 million shares worth N1.88 billion traded in 4,305 deals on Wednesday.
Transactions in the shares of Oando topped the activity chart with 56.25 million shares valued N288.49 million.
GTCO came second with 15.29 million shares worth N444.93 million, while Jaiz Bank traded 14.89 million shares valued N9.22 million.
Fidelity Bank traded 14.39 million shares worth N34.24 million, while Wema Bank transacted 12.22 million shares worth N10.08 million.
Troops eliminate 42 terrorists, bandits, rescue 93 victims –DHQ
By Gistflash News
July 29, 2021
The Nigerian troops have eliminated 42 terrorists and bandits, arrested 41 and rescued 93 kidnapped victims in the Northeast, Northwest and North Central theatres of operation in the last two weeks, Defence Headquarters says.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, announced this while giving updates on the military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said that the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, had eliminated 16 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and arrested 29 as well as rescued 40 civilians in the Northeast within the period.
He said the successes were achieved through several land and air operations which include robust clearance, ambush and road piquet operations as well as comprehensive air patrol within the theatre.
“Cumulatively, the operations led to the neutralisation of 16 BHT/ISWAPs as well as arrest of 29 of them, while 40 civilians were rescued.
“BHT and their families, five female adults and 12 children were arrested at FOB Mayanti and Darajamel on July 15.
“Troops also recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun, four AK-47 rifles, 50 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and one belt containing 296 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition, accessories for making IED among other items,’’ he said.
Onyeuko also disclosed that the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in the North West, neutralised no fewer than 14 bandits, arrested 24 and rescued 36 victims in different locations within the theatre.
He added that troops also assisted one of the victims to deliver a baby safely during one of the encounters.
According to him, a total of seven AK-47 rifles, six motorcycles, assorted military and police uniforms, six vehicles and four machetes among other items were recovered within the period.
“Also, a total of 24 criminal elements were intercepted and arrested, including 16 bandits’ informants/collaborators and an impostor by name Faisal Saidu who paraded himself as Lance Corporal Saidu Abubakar.
“Furthermore, a total of 223 rustled livestock were recovered during the period,’’ he added.
The defence spokesperson further disclosed that troops Operation Safe Haven, successfully conducted several kinetic and non-kinetic operations in various locations in Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna State within the period.
He said that the troops eliminated seven bandits and five armed robbers with several others escaping with gunshot wounds, while 12 were arrested within the period.
He added that a total 12 assorted rifles, a truck load of stolen railway tracks and sleepers were also recovered and 17 kidnap victims rescued in the course of the operations.
According to him, all arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed-over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for further necessary action, while rescued victims have been reunited with their families.
“Peace and security meetings were also held in various parts of the state with community heads, youth leaders and relevant stake holders.
“Troops have continued to dominate the theatre of operations with aggressive fighting and air patrols to deny criminal elements freedom of action within the theatre of operations,’’ he said.
Onyeuko said that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, Whirl Punch and Thunder Strike, have continued to exert dominance in Benue, Nasarawa State, Kaduna State and along Abuja-Kaduna Highway to deny bandits freedom of action.
He said the troops had on July 18, tracked and arrested a notorious criminal named Mr Simon Unande, who allegedly supplied military uniforms and accoutrements to militia gangs in parts of Benue and Taraba.
Customs seizes items worth N133m
By Gistflash News
July 29, 2021
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) seized 124 assorted items worth N133 million in Kebbi between January and June.
The Area Comptroller, Kebbi Area Command, Hafiz Kalla, made this known on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command during the period.
“The command made 124 seizures of assorted items including 2,279 bags of 50kg foreign rice, 454 packages of cannabis sativa, 1,008 bags of 50kg foreign fertilizer, 157 bales of second hand clothing, new textile materials and 12 units of used vehicles.
“The duty value of the items stands at N133.11m,’’ the comptroller said
Kalla also said that the men of the command on July 27 intercepted a tanker loaded with undocumented Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) petrol, while on routine surveillance.
“Officers and men of the command intercepted a tanker with registration number KUR152XA loaded with 60,000 PMS petroleum on Tsamiya/Illo road in Bagudo Local Government Area.
“The driver could not tender relevant documents to convince us of his destination hence he was brought to the office along with the product for further investigation.
“In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, the matter will now be handed over to the NNPC-led operation created by the Presidency to curtail PMS diversion’’
On revenue, Kalla said that the command generated more than N5 million as fees from the auction sales of perishable and inflammable items during the period.
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