National briefs: 5 things that happened on the national scene this week


Tomiwo Akinyemi brings to you five stories that made national headlines this week.

Buhari leaves for UK, warns Nigerians hiding monies overseas to stop

President Muhammadu Buhari has left Abuja the Federal Capital Territory for the United Kingdom, London.

The President left the country on Monday aboard the Nigeria Air force 5N-FGW private jet.

He is expected to hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May on Nigeria – British relations before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th-20th April.

In the wake of his visit to the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians to stop the habit of hiding monies meant to develop the nation in foreign countries, in a bid to avoid paying tax.

The President, currently in the United Kingdom gave the warning on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Several feared dead in fresh Taraba, Benue attacks, many killed in fresh Zamfara attack 

Multiple persons have been reportedly killed following fresh violence Nigeria’s North-central region states Taraba and Benue.

Jandeikyula, a Tiv village in Wukari local government area in Taraba state was allegedly first to be attacked on Wednesday evening, resulting in the death of more than 20 persons, including a soldier.

The attacks were reported to have spread to Akaanya and Nenchi villages in Ukun Local Government Area of Benue state, leaving 10 persons dead.

Chairman of Ukun LGA, Mr Tyokaa Iberlogo, confirmed the attacks to Channels Television on Thursday but said details on the incidents were still sketchy.

The never ending tragedy of attacks in northern Nigeria also saw at least 22 people killed in Kuru-Kuru and Yar’ Kuka villages of Anka local government area of Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.

According to eye witness reports, the attackers opened fire on illegal miners barely three weeks after a similar attack on Bawon Daji.

Mr Sanda Dan-Jari, State Commissioner for Information told Channels Television that 26 people were killed in the attack.

Assets declaration: Supreme court fixes date to rule on Saraki’s case

The supreme court on Thursday in Abuja fixed July 6 for the delivery of judgment after hearing the appeal and cross appeal filed by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the anti-graft agency over the allegations of false declaration of assets.

The senate president challenged the ruling of the court of appeal which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him on three of the 18 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Senator Saraki is contending that there is no prima facia case against him and as such, the apex court should uphold his no case submission which was upheld by the CCT.

FG committed to prosperity of nigerians, says Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday reiterated the commitment of the federal government to delivering a lasting prosperity to all Nigerians.

He stated this at a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) clinic in Onitsha, the commercial capital of Anambra State as parts of efforts geared towards the diversification of the economy.

Osinbajo said the federal government was enhancing the efforts of the state governments to improve the living standard of the people.

FIRS partners EFCC to prosecute tax defaulters

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are working in tandem to arrest and prosecute tax defaulters in the country.

In a statement released by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, the duo explained that the purpose of the partnership is to target taxpayers who evaded the just concluded amnesty programme known as Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

Babatunde Fowler, The Executive Chairman of the FIRS who led a delegation on a visit to the EFCC head office in Abuja, commended the role of the EFCC in the fight against corruption and tax defaulters as well its role in the recovery of N28billion from various tax defaulters across the country.

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