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Buhari Orders Probe of 38 People, Firms Over Arms Deals

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the investigation of 38 former military chiefs, officers and companies for an alleged arms procurement fraud, a presidency statement said on Friday.

Reuters reports that among those listed are former chiefs of defence and air staff that served under previous president Goodluck Jonathan. The statement added that the order was based on a recommendation by a committee established to carry out an audit of arms and equipment procurement from 2007 to 2015.

Reps Sponsored 327 bills in Six Months –Gbajabiamila

House Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday said that the 8th Assembly in its six months of existence had sponsored a total of 327 bills as against 132 presented within the first six months of the 7th Assembly.

Gbajabiamila said this in Lagos, at an end of the year media briefing on activities of the 8th House of Representatives from June 9 to Dec. 22.

He said that 264 Bills out of the 327 had passed through first reading and awaiting second reading while a total of 40 Bills had been referred to committees.

President Buhari to Speak on Current National Issues on Media Chat

President Muhammadu Buhari is to speak on current national issues on Wednesday during his maiden Presidential Media Chat.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Adesina, in the statement, said the media chat will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

Britain to Assist Nigeria with Additional Military Personnel

The British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Fallon, has said his country will deploy additional military advisers and trainers to Nigeria to help in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

Fallon stated this while fielding question from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

Buhari Did Not Receive Compensation for Attack on His Convoy in 2014 -Presidency

The Presidency has dismissed an online report that President Muhammadu Buhari received 300,000 dollars and five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser over the attack on his convoy in Kaduna in 2014.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Commission Plans for Census 2016

The characteristics of people living with disabilities will be collected in census 2016 unlike previous censuses which isolated them, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), has said.

Duruiheoma stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ forum organised by Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD) to commemorate the 2015 International Disability Day.

Theme of the day is ``Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment of People of All Abilities.’’

Revival of Lake Chad will Reduce Migration to Europe –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Paris asked developed countries to make strong financial commitments to the 14 billion dollars urgently needed to revive the Lake Chad and save communities dependent on the river from extinction.

Addressing a high level meeting on “Climate Change Challenges and Solutions in Africa’’, on the side lines of the on-going UN Climate Change Conference, COP 21, President Buhari said no fewer than five million people living in the Lake Chad Basin countries have been displaced  by the depletion of the lake due to climate change.

CHOGM: Buhari Calls for Support for Countries Affected by Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, in Malta, called for the establishment of a Commonwealth Committee to oversee the rendering of greater assistance and support to Nigeria and other member-countries which have been adversely affected by the scourge of terrorism.

Speaking at a banquet hosted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of State and Government participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (GHOGM), President Buhari expressed the hope that the committee would have been established before the next meeting of the organisation.

Buhari to Participate in CHOGM, UN Conference on Climate Change

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja Thursday, November 26 for Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which begins in the island nation on Friday.

The Commonwealth is made up of Britain, Nigeria and 51 other countries that work together to pursue common goals and promote development, democracy, peace, security and good governance.