14 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 RETURN OF PROHIBITED ARMS: IG extends ultimatum by 21 days •As task force recovers 425 lethal weapons By Kingsley Omonobi ABUJA—THE In spector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday ordered a 21-day extension of the ultimatum given to Nigerians across the country to return illegal and prohibited weapons in their possession. The new date is now now between April 9, 2018 (yesterday) and April 30, 2018. The announcement of the new date coincided with the parade of 425 prohibited lethal weapons seized by the Force Headquarters Task Force for the seizure of such illegal weapons from individuals and groups. A statement from Force Headquarters disclosed that the new date was granted following requests by the general public for an extension particularly in some states of the federation. It will be recalled that IGP Idris on 21st February, 2018 directed Commissioners of Police of all the state commands of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 the Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police of the 12 zonal commands in the country to immediately commence simultaneously, the disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of individuals and groups across the country. They include all suspected militias, bandits, armed herdsmen and farmers, vigilante groups, neighborhood watch and other groups or individual(s) or bodies bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition, illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, modified or otherwise fashioned to kill or that can cause harm or injury to persons or that can cause panic, fear, apprehension, security breach, breach of peace or that can cause threat to law and order anywhere in the country. Recoveries of prohibited firearms made by the Task Force included; two GPMG (General Purpose Machine Guns), 114 AK47 Rifles, eight SMG Rifles, 301 other assorted guns, totalling 425 prohibited weapons. Nigeria pays $5.08m UN dues NEW YORK (USA) —NIGERIA has paid its regular UN dues for 2018, making it the 74th out of the 193 member states of the global international organisation to fulfill its financial obligations. The Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said in New York that Nigeria paid its annual dues in full. Ms Dujarric said: “Nigeria has paid its regular budget dues in full, bringing the Honour Roll to 74.” Investigations revealed that Nigeria paid FCMB partners Etihad to secure favourable fares for customers By Peter Egwuatu FIRST City Monu ment Bank Limited (FCMB) Plc and Etihad Airways have entered into partnership that allows customers of the bank who plan to travel abroad for personal or business purposes to get reduced fare for their trips. The partnership, which was launched in Lagos, offers discounted, highly affordable and convenient travel packages, including flight tickets, to existing and potential customers of FCMB who fly on Etihad Airline to any part of the world. To benefit from the package, all an existing customer of FCMB needs do is to visit a dedicated website, log in to complete a form and submit. But for a non-customer, all that’s needed to open an account is to log in to a portal before the booking form, using any of the devices to complete the process. In a welcome address during the launch of the partnership, Managing Director, FCMB , Mr. Adam Nuru commended Etihad Airways for the quality of service it offers its customers, noting that the brand within a few years of its establishment, has achieved a very robust international image with a high level of global acceptability within the aviation circles. Nuru said: “I thank the representatives of Etihad Airways Group. We do not take our partnership with you for granted. We take it seriously knowing that it will surely strengthen our course and increase the range of valuable products we can offer our loyal customers.” APC NEC & NWC MEETINGS IN ABUJA $5,080,178 on April 5. One hundred and nineteen members are yet to pay their regular budgets. The record also reports that Nigeria became the 10th country in Africa to pay its UN regular budgets in full. In 2016, Nigeria had asked the UN to review its assessed contributions to the organisation in view of the economic recession in the country at the time. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, made the call at the UN Headquarters in New York when she visited the Chairman of the UN Fifth Committee, Kingston Rhodes. The Fifth Committee is the committee of the General Assembly with responsibilities for administrative and budgetary matters. Nigeria was expected to pay outstanding contributions of 10. 2 million dollars as at December 2016. Ms. Oyo-Ita said: “Due to recession, we want something done to review our dues and we want the UN to reconsider our assessment due to the realities of the time. “What Nigeria is being asked to pay now is on the high side. Nigeria is committed to paying its contributions but we want some considerations. We want something to be done to readjust our scale.” Nigeria’s scale of assessment for 2013 to 2015 was 0.119 before the re-basing of the country’s economy in 2014. However, with the re-basing of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 500 million dollars, the scale of assessment of Nigeria increased to 0.209 for the period 2016 to 2018. Nigeria has been pursuing the re-adjustment of the scale due to the economic reality of the country Ḣowever, Mr. Rhodes had told Ms. Oyo-Ita that the UN was aware of the economic situation in the country but that the effort was hindered by the General Assembly Resolution that cancelled annual review of scale of assessment. He explained that the Resolution now established three years minimum period of scale of assessment. According to him, therefore, Nigeria’s scale would be due for review in 2018, being the next scale year. From left; Chairman, All Progressives Governors Forum, Chief Rochas Okorocha; Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; APC National Secretary, Mallam Ibrahim Gubi; Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Chairman, Nigerian Governors' Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari during the meeting of the APC National Working Committee at the Party's National Headquarters, Wuse 2, Abuja. Photos by Abayomi Adeshida. From left: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Deputy National Chairman (North), All Progressives Congress, Senator Lawal Shuaibu; and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdul'aziz Yari, during the APC National Executive Committee meeting, in Abuja. (LEFT): From left; Secretary to the Government of Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha; Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. From right; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and other NWC members during the meeting.
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