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Execution Of Nigerian Woman in Saudi Arabia, Robbery in UAE,Pathetic, Tragic -Dabiri-Erewa

London, April 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the execution of a Nigerian woman by Saudi Arabia government over drug related matters as very pathetic and tragic.

In a statement by her Media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja Tuesday, she said the news of the execution of the woman over drug matters in Saudi Arabia was painful despite repeated warnings to Nigerians in that country to be law abiding.

Dabiri-Erewa said that it was regrettable that in spite of the wise counsel for Nigerians travelling to Saudi Arabia by relevant government agencies to obey the country’s laws, some Nigerians would still go and run foul of the law.

“This particular execution is very worrisome especially when over eight Nigerians have been killed in the past few years over the same issue in Saudi Arabia” She said, reminding that over 20 Nigerians are currently on death row in Saudi Arabia and many are in prisons serving various jail terms.


“Our major concern, however, is whether the trial was fair to the convicts as the trial was not open and some of them were said to be implicated without a defence counsel,”Dabiri –Erewa said,


She added that Nigerian government had pleaded on behalf of some Nigerians with the Saudi Arabia government to temper justice with mercy which had not yielded positive results.

“We are not saying our citizens in Saudi Arabia should be committing crimes, but we want Saudi Arabia to temper justice with mercy especially on offences that carry capital punishment.

“We are appealing again to our citizens to avoid crimes and criminality in Saudi Arabia and other countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria anywhere they go” She added.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said four people were executed on Monday for drug trafficking, including one woman, bringing to 53 the number of people put to death this year.

Two Pakistani men, a Yemeni man and a Nigerian woman were executed in the holy city of Makkah, the ministry said in a statement.

In 2018, Saudi Arabia carried out the death sentences of 120 people accused of carrying illicit drugs.

In a related development, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also condemned alleged criminal act by five Nigerians arrested for alleged robbery in Sharjah Area of Dubai, UAE.

The five suspects who were on visitors visas to Dubai are

  1. Chimuanya Emmanuel Ozoh,

  2. Benjamin Nwachukwu Ajah,

  3. Kingsley Ikenna Ngoka,

  4. Tochukwu Leonard Alisi and

  5. Chile Micah Ndunagu.

A statement by her Special Assistant Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said the action of the five Nigerians was disgraceful

She, however, warned Nigerians living abroad to be good ambassadors of the country and desist from tarnishing the good image of Nigeria.

Dabiri-Erewa also advised embassies to screen applicants for visa and ensure that they are of good character.

The five Nigerians had on Sunday allegedly stormed a money exchange in Sharjah and fled with 2.3 million Dinars before they were arrested by the Dubai Police.

According to the Police, the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.



Execution Of Nigerian Woman in Saudi Arabia, Robbery in UAE,Pathetic, Tragic -Dabiri-Erewa




President Buhari sends touching message to Abacha’s second-in-command Diya at 75

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 2, congratulated former Chief of General Staff (CGS), Lt Gen Oladipo Diya, who would be clocking 75 on Wednesday, April 3.

Buhari described Diya, who was the number two man in the military after late head of state, Sani Abacha, as gallant and full of wisdom.

According to the president, Diya’s effort in the military was felt in the area of tackling security challenges in the country and part of the west coast.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, President Buhari said he “warmly greets former Ogun state governor and Chief of General Staff (CGS), Lt Gen Oladipo Diya, on his 75th birthday, April 3rd, 2019, highlighting his many years of meritorious service to the nation.


“President Buhari felicitates with family members, friends, professional colleagues and associates of the former number two man, whose military career saw him successfully handling sensitive and strategic leadership positions as General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991-1993) and Chief of Defence Staff.

“The president affirms that General Diya’s gallantry, rich intellectual background and penchant for research contributed to the structure and operations of the Nigerian Army, especially in tackling security challenges within the country, and the west coast region.

“As the former CGS turns 75, President Buhari believes the nation has benefitted from his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, urging him to stay relevant by providing counsels to military formations and officers.



“The president prays that the almighty God will grant Gen. Diya longer life, good health and continue to bless his family.” earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that he will do everything within his power to ensure the best for the country and her citizens when he begins his second term in office on May 29, 2019.

The disclosure was made on Monday, April 1, by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said President Buhari received Board of Trustees and Advisory Council of Gidauniyar Jihar Katsina (Katsina State Development Fund) led by Justice Mamman Nasir at the State House.



Presidency says FG proposing bill to tackle poverty

The Presidency said on Tuesday that the Federal Government would soon propose a bill that would address issues relating to poverty alleviation in the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme, Maryam Uwais, stated this during an oversight visit by the joint National Assembly Committee on Poverty Alleviation.

She told the panel, jointly chaired by Senator Lawal Yahaya Gumau and Muhammad Ali Wudil, that the bill would dwell on how to sustain the achievements made so far.

Uwais said the Federal Government was working on the bill in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.


She said, “We feel that we should have a very good team and the same kind of structure with the steering committee. We want to also ask for the state to come up with the same kind of structure. What we need to do is to make it attractive for the states to key into.

“We have come up with a draft bill that we are working on in-house before we come and engage the two chairmen. There are a lot of options that we are looking at, but we want to look at it first at the executive level before coming to you so that we can sustain the achievements,” she said.

She also told the panel that the Federal Government had over 700,000 people captured under beneficiaries of its programmes, adding that it sent money to only about 300,000.

“We have paid over N15m to women in Kwara State in the last three years. Other states have not started, but we are happy that few states are joining. Lagos State is already joining, because I was there yesterday (Monday).

“Right now, we are in 30 states in the school feeding programme. We are in about 56,000 schools in the country and we have received assistance from donors such as the World Bank.”


Wudil said the joint committee would go through the details of the aid received from the World Bank and other donors.

He said, “Your presentation was very wonderful, but we need to have this kind of updates; maybe after every three months, because we represent our people.

“Information is critical, and this is one of the best programmes by this government. But a lot of us may not be aware of what’s happening in our constituencies as far as this programme is concerned.

“When you talked about having a bill on poverty alleviation or whatever, I think you should look at it very well. But it can also come through a private member bill. If it is an executive bill, there is no problem.”

The joint committee had earlier said the oversight visit was an avenue for it to familiarise with the activities of the programme, its achievements since inception, as well as its challenges.

Gumau said they were at the head office of the programme to ensure that they work together with the social investment office towards the success of the programme.



Buhari rejects Ajaokuta Completion Bill, National Housing Fund, others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday declined assent to a bill seeking to fund the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company, which was forwarded to him by the National Assembly in February this year.
The President equally declined assent to seven other bills, including the controversial National Housing Fund Bill, which was passed recently by the federal parliament.


The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, disclosed this while reading at plenary separate letters by the President informing the Senate of his decisions.
Buhari, according to the letters, cited several grounds, ranging from infractions on extant laws, duplication of responsibilities of existing agencies, to financial constraints for refusing assent to the bills.

Giving reasons for rejecting the Ajaokuta Completion Fund Bill, the President said voting $1bn to the steel rolling mill from the Excess Crude Account, as proposed by the bill, was not the best strategic option for Nigeria at this time of budgetary constraints.

“The nation cannot afford to commit such an amount in the midst of competing priorities with long-term social and economic impact that the funds can be alternatively deployed towards.

“Bills, which seek to make appropriation of revenues to fund public expenditure should be consolidated in the annual Appropriation Act, such that the proposals pass through the traditional scrutiny that budget proposals are subjected to by the Ministry of Finance,Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the National Assembly.


“Furthermore, as the Excess Crude Account Funds belong to the federation, it would be proper to consult with the National Economic Council where the states are represented.

“Relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministries of Mines and Steel Development, Industry, Trade and Investment, were not fully consulted.

“The inputs of key stakeholders are necessary to create the optimal legal and regulatory framework, as well as institutional mechanism to adequately regulate the steel sector,” the President said.

In another letter of refusal of assent dated March 27, 2019, President Buhari cited provisions contained in Section 32 of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Bill 2018 as the major reason for refusing assent to it.

He added that if signed into law, the agency would have similar objectives as that of the Bank of Industry, particularly with regard to the funding of Small and Medium Enterprises.

“Accordingly, it is important to streamline its functions to avoid a duplication or overlap of functions with other government institutions performing similar functions aside the likelihood of increasing public recurrent expenditure by the proposed creation of new public sector bodies,” he added.

Other bills rejected by the President included the Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill 2018; the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2018; and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Bill 2018.

He also declined assent to the National Housing Fund Bill 2018; the National Institute of Credit Administration Bill 2018; and the National Bio-technology Development Agency Bill 2018.



Nollywood actor Silvanus dies in a tragic car accident while he was heading back from his mother’s burial (photo)

A Nollywood actor Duke Oliver has reportedly passed away in a tragic accident while he was on his way to Lagos from Akwa Ibom state. The actor, popularly known as Silvanus, died on his way from a burial.

It was reported that the Dogood series actor had been heading back from his mother’s burial which took place in Akwa Ibom state, on Friday, March 29.

Film director known as Grandmaster had announced the tragic news on his Instagram page this Wednesday, April 3. Grandmaster expressed sadness over the loss of his friend and wished him a peaceful rest.
He said: “My Heart is so so Heavy right now. I am in a dark and painful place. Tragedy is a euphemism. We just lost SILVANUS of DOGOOD. My dear brother was returning from the burial of his mother when death added my friend to his mean account. RIP. These Tears won’t stop flowing.”
In his tribute, Grandmaster described Silvanus as a lovely soul who smiled, played and never complained. He noted that Silvanus would be deeply missed.

Grandmaster wrote: “I am so speechless and so sad. You were such a lovely soul. You smile, you play and never complained. You leave a vacuum that most of the world cannot fill. I will miss so much, it burns my heart. Sleep! Sleep great and awesome Talent. Sleep.”
Meanwhile, had earlier reported that rapper Nipsey Hussle had died in a shooting. Emotional tributes from celebrities around the world pour in following Grammy-nominated rapper’s death.