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Three Farmers Abducted By Gunmen In Taraba

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Three farmers were abducted by gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, while working in their farms.

The incident happened at a farming area along Sabongida-Dananacha in Gassol local government area of Taraba State, Monday.



Three other farmers, including a cripple also working in their farms, narrowly escaped.

One of the farmers who escaped, Mallam Muhammadu Sabongida, told Daily Trust that they were working in their farms at about 8am Monday, when they noticed movement of gunmen coming towards them.

Muhammadu said when they noticed the gunmen approaching them, they abandoned their farming tools and started running, adding that the gunmen also gave them a hot chase.

According to him, they ran for several kilometres inside the bush where they took cover under big trees.

Daily Trust further gathered that three other farmers from the same town, who were working in their farms, were not that lucky.

The farmers, a Tiv, a Fulani and a Hausa man, working separately in their farms, were abducted by the gunmen almost at the same time.
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Ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter, Faith welcomes baby boy

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Faith Edward, the first daughter to a former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, and her husband have welcomed another child.


The proud father, Prince Godswill shared the photos of the newborn on his Instagram page.

He referred to his baby boy as a new addition to the P7 dynasty as he appreciated God for the awesome gift.

“I give God almighty the praise, for the awesome gift of a bouncing baby boy. Help me welcome the new Prince of the P7 dynast,” his post read.

Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from fans and well wishers since he shared the post.



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FG apologies for misleading directive on filling of Self-Certification forms

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued an apology for “misleading” information on self-certification forms shared via its official Twitter handle on Thursday.


FG in tweets (now deleted) ordered Nigerians with accounts across financial institutions to obtain, complete and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective financial institutions.

However, following the controversy generated by the directive, the Federal Government apologised for the earlier information.

It explained that the filing of Self-Certification forms “does not apply to everybody” according to a notice by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

“We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons.

“The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody.

“FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly,” it said.


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Dangote to test $90m power plant

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Plant commissioning will start this month and is expected to go fully online in November.

IN SUMMARY

  • The plant is expected to stop the use of imported coal besides ending diesel imports tax disputes with the government.
  • Plant commissioning will start this month and is expected to go fully online in November.
  • The company reported a decline in cement production for the first six months of this year and said it sold 526,000 tonnes of cement in the period, four per cent lower than the same period last year.
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Dangote Cement will this month do test runs for the $90 million gas-fired power plant in Mtwara, southern Tanzania, after months of delays occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The plant is expected to stop the use of imported coal besides ending diesel imports tax disputes with the government.

“Covid perturbations in India where the plant was conceived, equipment produced and engineering services located, delayed commissioning of the first turbine of our plant,” Albert Corcos, Dangote Tanzania country manager, told The EastAfrican.

Plant commissioning will start this month and is expected to go fully online in November.

The company reported a decline in cement production for the first six months of this year and said it sold 526,000 tonnes of cement in the period, four per cent lower than the same period last year.

Dangote is banking on the power plant to enhance the efficiency of its three million-metric tonne per annum capacity.

“We have had mechanical failures of some main equipment in the first four months of the year, and our maintenance to sustain reliability delayed because of the late delivery of material needed for the maintenance of our kiln,” said Mr Corcos.

Declining volumes

The firm’s total market for cement stood at about 2.7 million metric tonnes in the first six months of this year. Group sales volumes decline by 1.5 per cent to 12.1 million tonnes from 12.2 million.

During the six months, the company, Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 48.6 million metric tonnes capacity, saw its revenues increase marginally by two per cent to $1.24 billion from $1.21 billion while its pre-tax profits increased by 4.7 per cent to $423.6 million from $404.4 million.

Pan-African sales of 4.7 million metric tonnes, a 0.7 per cent growth was due to lockdowns and restrictions across their operations. Total volume represents 39.1 per cent of the group’s volumes.

In Ethiopia where the market for cement was estimated at about 3.7 million metric tonnes in the first six months of this year, Dangote sold 1.1 million metric tonnes at its 2.5 million capacity plant, representing a 16 per cent increase year-on-year.

The company controls a market share of about 30 per cent in the country.

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