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Buhari’s ministers, lawmakers to get N9bn housing, furniture allowance-PUNCH

Senators and members of the House of Representatives that will constitute the 8th National Assembly and ministers to be appointed by President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will on assumption of office receive welcome perks amounting to N9bn.

The perks of office include the housing allowance which each of the incoming office holder is entitled to receive once a year, the furniture allowance which they are entitled to once in four years and motor vehicle loan which they are entitled to once in their tenure.

The perks are some of the non-regular allowances that the political office holders are entitled to as prescribed by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC, for alleging that the Presidency has bluntly refused to cooperate with it in ensuring a successful transition of power on May 29.

May 29 Transition: PDP tackles Buhari over promises – VANGUARD

The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, asked APC to put its house in order and stop being boastful and arrogant.

He said that APC was already in trouble over sharing of political offices and repeatedly asked them to “put your house in order.”

Metuh’s statement came against the backdrop of reports about simmering dispute over the sharing of political offices in the APC which could tear the party apart.

According to the sources, the leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is said to be battling some powerful northerners over the zoning of political offices in the party.

Sources said that the crises in the party began as soon as the result of the last presidential election was announced adding that the choice of Alhaji Ahmed Joda instead of the Vice President-elect Prof Yemi Osinbajo, as chairman of the the party’s transition showed the depth of the problems in the party.

Military Uncovers Treasure Trove of Boko Haram’s Activities, Intelligence-THISDAY

As the Boko Haram terror sect continues to unravel under the weight of the ongoing military offensive, the full extent of its atrocities and bestiality have continued to emerge with horror.

The offensive in Sambisa forest is yielding tremendous treasure trove of intelligence, with the discovery of sensitive materials including arms, ammunitions, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gadgets and video recordings of beheadings they left behind.

In a related development, a gunman yesterday morning attacked the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Potiskum in Yobe State, injuring 14 people, before killing himself.

According to the report by PRNigeria on Friday, many of the video materials captured by the troops from Sambisa forest are currently being analysed by military experts.

Some of the videos, the report said, included recording of scenes of trials, beheadings, executions, stoning, floggings and those taken during preparations for suicide attacks.

A military source stated that capturing such recordings was another major feat in the battle against the terrorists as it was a tool used to really terrify mostly civilian population and cow them into submission.
The source added that “some of the video were meant for release through their normal channels to the public before they were dislodged from their camps. They also show the barbaric life in their so-called caliphate.

“The media and the public are advised to be careful in handling or sharing sensitive and offensive videos depicting atrocities that some viewers may find disturbing,” the source said.

Since they invaded Sambisa Forest a few weeks ago, Nigerian troops have liberated about 1,000 women and children from the various terrorists camps already dismantled.

Four Nigerians elected into British parliament-THE NATION

Four Nigerian-born Britons  were yesterday elected as members of the British Parliament.

They are Chuka Harrison Umunna, Helen Grant, Chi Onwurah and Kate Osamor.

Umunna, the  Labour Party Shadow Business Secretary was re-elected to represent  Streatham .He is aged 36 and was first elected in 2010.

Grant, 53, is also returning to the parliament  but on the platform of the Conservative Party.

She is representing  Maidstone and The Weald in Kent and the current Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities. Grant is the Conservatives’ first female black MP.

Onwurah  was re-elected  by her constituents in Newcastle upon Tyne Central  on the  ticket of the  Labour Party.

She was  first elected in 2010 to replace Jim Cousins, who decided to step down .

Osamor is also of the Labour Party  and she is representing   Edmonton constituency in London.

Meanwhile, another Nigerian-born Dr.Benjamin Ola.Akande was yesterday named  the 21st president of the 164-year-old Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri,USA.

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