Mamman: Power Minister refutes claims of collapse after sack

Mamman: Power Minister refutes claims of collapse after sack

Former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, has said he did not faint when he received news of his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari, as reported in some news circles.

1st News had reported that the President terminated the appointments of Mamman; and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono in a rejig of his cabinet.

In his response via an interview with BBC Hausa, Mamman clarified that he did not faint; and that he was not hospitalised, though he had been ill.

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Mamman said, “Even before this sack was announced, I was very unwell; because I didn’t even go to the office earlier this week,” he said.

“So on Wednesday and Thursday, I also went back to the hospital for a check-up; and the doctor told me I needed a break so I remained at one place to rest.

“I found a serene and quiet environment to rest and take medication as recommended by the doctor. I didn’t stay at home because sympathisers are trooping to console me; this would prevent me from resting and convalescing on time.

“But I was also not hospitalised, and I did not faint as reported.”

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Lekki, the fast-developing upper-middle-class area of Lagos Metropolis as the new hub of internet-related fraud.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, September 3, by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, who said data from an investigation of activities of the Lagos Command for the second quarter of 2021, “indicates that Lekki District is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.”

The EFCC spokesman said that between April and June 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.

According to him, while the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.

He further noted that of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki; comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo, and also Oniru.

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