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EFCC Arrest Directors Of The National Theater (Details)- Lagos

Some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arrested four directors of The National Theatre in Lagos for alleged embezzlement of government funds.

According to the Sources, the four directors, including a woman, were picked up at their Iganmu office for allegedly diverting “huge sums” of revenue and statutory allocation into private use.

It was gathered that the directors allegedly failed to remit revenues realized from the use of facilities at the National Theatre into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA).

According to sources, among government revenue allegedly embezzled were N24 million annual rent paid by Nigerian Breweries for its 20 branded kiosks and N9 million paid for the use of National Theatre during the “Lagos @ 50” celebrations.

The affected directors were allegedly whisked out of the promises after they refused to honour EFCC invitation for questioning in the office of the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre, Mr Tar Ukoh. The intervention of Mrs Grace Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, on telephone could not save the officials from being whisked away by the EFCC operatives.

While adressing an Anti – Corruption Rally earlier in the premises, Ukoh who also oversee the National Troupe of Nigeria, vowed to stamp out graft in the Agency. Ukoh said, “Culture must kill corruption before corruption kills culture.”

Reacting to the development, Henry Udubuisi, Vice President, National Theatre Chapter of AUPCTRE, said that the union was behind the decision of the management to rid the Agency of corruption.

AUPCTRE is the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services. Udubuisi told sources that the union would give its support to the new management to cleanse the Agency of graft.

He said, “The position of the union is that we are solidly behind the management to fight corruption in National Theatre. We are also proud to be associated with it. We are using this medium to appreciate the management on its ‘Change must begin with me project.”

“The Artistic Director means well; he wants to address some administrative impunity here. He is not victimizing anybody, he is just asking them to be accountable for what has happened for those who has questions to answer. We need someone like him here to stamp out corruption.”

“The union will never condone corruption; infact the union stands against corruption and we are happy that the management key into our vision.”

“The union has been fighting corruption even before the new management came in, especially when there was a proposal on the sale of the theatre. We fought against what we regarded to as administrative impunity under the then Chief Executive but all what we got was dismissal.”

“Most of the executive members of the union were dismissed for standing against corruption and the sale of the only cultural iconic building in Nigeria.”

When contacted, EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Mr Sam Amadin, said that he was yet to be briefed on the arrest.

 

Shehu Abdullahi Named Man Of The Match In Nigeria’s Win Over Zambia, Takes 1 Million Naira Home (photo)

Super Eagles right-back, Shehu Abdullahi, has been voted the Man of the Match for Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia on Saturday.

The victory ensured the Eagles sealed their passage to next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Substitute Alex Iwobi scored the crucial goal, after Abdullahi provided a pinpoint cross into the penalty area.

The defender was also very strong at the back for Nigeria, providing an outlet for the team when they needed him to provide width in attack.

The Anothorsis Famagusta star went home with a cash price of N1million and 10 bags of rice, courtesy of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s new partners, Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.

Flood Destroys 2,000 Hectares Of Kwara Farmland (Full Details)

About 2, 000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed by water across the three districts of Patigi Local government area of Kwara.

Special Adviser to Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed on Emergency and Relief Services, Alhaji Duro Mohammed, disclosed this while inspecting the havoc caused by flood in Patigi yesterday.

He said rice farms in Lade, Patigi and Sepondi districts cultivated near the River Niger were mostly affected as well as a clinic, a cemetery and a primary school at Gbaradogi.

Mohammed, who led the state government’s delegation to the flooded farms, described the damage as devastating.

He called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state in ameliorating the suffering of the affected farmers.

He said the magnitude of the disaster was too much for the state to bear alone.

He also called for urgent dredging of River Niger and construction of a drain that would permanently secure the rice farms against flooding in the future.

The Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, expressed concerns over the perennial flooding in the area.

The monarch also suggested that dredging of River Niger and construction of drain would permanently safe the community from the disaster.

Umar said the flood had increased poverty level in the community, noting that compensations were not enough in ameliorating the suffering of the people who are predominantly farmers.

Source: The Nation

‘I Want This Premier League Manager To Replace Arsene Wenger At Arsenal’- Gunners Legend Ian Wright Speaks

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is capable of replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says former Gunners striker Ian Wright.

Dyche’s side beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday to move up to sixth in the Premier League table.

But Wright thinks Arsenal and other top clubs will not take a chance on the 46-year-old, and predicts Dyche will be “pushed” into taking the England job.

“I believe he is somebody that needs to go, at some stage, to the next level,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

That would be a “club who can play in Europe on a regular basis”, added Wright, who also suggested Everton would be a good stepping stone for Dyche, who has twice won promotion to the top flight with the Clarets.