• Metuh's lawyer gives reason why his client offered to refund N400 million

    01/Jul/2016 // 485 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JULY 1, 2016: (DGW) THE  embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples' Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh has given reason why he wants to refund the N400 million given to him by former President Jonathan.

    This in fact is the second time he would be making this plea to Nigeria's antigraft commission to get their expressed consent for out of court settlement.

    In a statement issued and delivered to our Paris newsroom, the counsel to Chief Olisah Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu, said based on the information before his client regarding the source of the money, he would make a complete refund despite the fact the money has been spent but he has no option but to source the money from , friends, family friends and associates.

    Below is the copy of the statement sent to our newsroom: 

    “In the light of the circumstances regarding the case of our client, Metuh with the EFCC, we want to explain the reasons for our client’s proposal to refund the N400 million released to him by former President Jonathan, “ he said.
    Metuh said he had all the while believed that the money was released to him by President Jonathan after his presentation to the ex-president, and hence did see himself as committing any crime.
    “Our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and defence witnesses.

    It was however while in court that a document was brought regarding the source of the money and since then, our client has made manifest his willingness to refund the money and has indeed approached his family, friends and associates to mobilise funds to refund the entire N400 million to the government regardless of the fact that the money had been expended based on the directives of the former president and that part of the money had been recovered from one of the prosecution witnesses. We want to confirm that since then, we have been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.”
    According to him, “We want to restate that at the time the money was released to him after his presentation to the ex-president, our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and defence witnesses.

    “Our client had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.
    “When the matter first came up and CMetuh was invited to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in December 2015, he requested to know the source of the money and expressed his readiness to make refunds if it was from government coffers, not minding that the money had been expended as directed by the former president. Officials at ONSA never got back to him as they promised, until his arrest by the EFCC in January 2016.

    “Our client occupied no government office. His commitment and dedication to his official duties have been confirmed by even prosecution witnesses. In this whole saga, he has been an unfortunate victim of circumstances. His refunding the money therefore goes to show his support for the anti-corruption war as well as serve as a testament to his sincerity, integrity and honesty in this matter.

    “There is no doubt that the prosecution has considerably embarked on some expenses in the course of this case. It is hoped that by not discounting the sum already recovered, whatever cost so far incurred would have been defrayed. By this, a critical objective of recovery of funds would no doubt be achieved.
    “It is pertinent to restate our client’s continued support for the anti-corruption campaign, which is necessary to ensure probity in the affairs of Nigeria to the extent that it is conducted within the rule of law.”


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  • Reps Bypasses Buhari, Adopts National Conference Report for Constitution Review

    01/Jul/2016 // 3961 Viewers

     

    As the agitation for Nigeria’s restructuring grows louder, the House of Representatives Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution has adopted the 2014 report of the National Conference as one of its working documents.

    The decision by the committee is in defiance of the opposition of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the implementation of the report.

    President Muhammadu Buhari has never hidden his objection to the report of the National Conference convened by his predecessor former President Goodluck Jonathan, and recently said that he had never read it and that the document would be confined to history.

    However, the House committee on the constitution review has elected to follow a different path, as its decision to adopt the report was taken at a recent retreat presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun, who is also the chairman of the committee.

    According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy speaker, Mr. Wole Oladimeji, copies of the report had already been circulated among the members of the committee.
    All 53 members of the constitution review committee are expected to study the report and make recommendations to the committee, the statement added.

    It said that the consultants to the committee were also working on the report to advise the committee properly.
    “Some of the salient proposals in the report would be turned into draft bills which would be presented to the House for adoption and passage,” the statement said.

    The committee would continue its work after it resumes from the Sallah recess.
    Some key proposals of the National Conference report include fiscal federalism, creation of state police, creation of 18 more states of the federation, resource control, power sharing, and independent candidacy.


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  • Bribery Allegation: Agric Minister, Chief Ogbeh, denies sharing N2 billion with Ministry officials

    01/Jul/2016 // 595 Viewers

    Chief Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

    PARIS, JULY 1, 2016: (DGW) THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has denied removing N2 billion from the N20 billion payment to ago-dealers that took part in the 2014 Growth Enhancement Support Programme.

    He made the denial while briefing newsmen in Abuja. The Minister expressed shock over the allegation adding that his ministry had nothing to do with the money which he said was actually handled by the Finance Ministry disbursed to the agro-dealers by the Accountant General of the Federation.

    Chief Ogbeh said he heard the news from the social media alleging that his Ministry paid N15 billion out of the N20 billion released for the agro-dealers, and that he together with the Minister of State and Permanent Secretary shared N2 billion.

    While refuting the allegation further, the Minister said that a sum total of N37 billion naira was inherited from the Jonathan administration which told on the inability of the agro-dealers to operate  which informed the interest and desire of the Federal Government to pay the N20 billion out of the N37 billion the government owed the agro-dealers.


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  • Constituency Projects: Reps at war with the Executive, berates Fashola, Osibanjo!

    01/Jul/2016 // 565 Viewers

     

    Following their opposition to the inclusion of constituency projects for federal lawmakers in the nation’s annual budget, the House of Representatives has accused the duo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, of double standard for facilitating same in their service of Lagos State and criticising it at the federal level.

    The House in a reaction to an editorial published by the Nation on June 26 entitled ‘Unholy Alliance’ frowned at the way both the vice president and the minister presented their opposition to the proposal by lawmakers to have constituency projects incorporated in the annual budget.

    In the strongly worded statement signed by the House spokesman, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, on Thursday, the green chamber said: “For the benefit of those who are either ignorant or doubtful, the philosophy of constituency projects is well embedded and encapsulated in the 1999 constitution in the Federal Character Principle. More specifically, the constitution in section 14(3) states: ‘The composition of the government of the federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies.’

    “This also extends to allocation and implementation of budget and projects which is well covered by the provisions of section 16 (1): ‘The state shall…harness the resources of the nation and promote national prosperity and an efficient, dynamic and self-reliant economy and control the national economy in such manner as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality…..”, the House said.

    It also noted that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had at the same one-day national summit on the framework for implementing and sustaining constituency projects where both the vice president and the minister made presentations kicking against the proposal cited Lagos State as a flagship entity which has domesticated the concept via legislation with the active participation of the duo either as the state’s commissioner for justice and attorney general and governor, respectively.
    “As Dogara noted, Lagos State stands out as the first state to enact legislation legitimising constituency project just one year into the fourth republic in 2000. In fact, other states soon emulated Lagos and to some extent even the federal legislature.

    “HE Babatunde Fashola implemented constituency projects for members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for the eight years he was the governor. The vice president was AG of Lagos State also and at no point in time did any of them contend that the Lagos law was unconstitutional. As Senior Advocates why didn’t any of them challenge the Lagos law in court? Are they saying constituency project is only good and constitutional for Lagos State only? What else might have informed their sudden change of perception? Nigerians from other regions must see through this facade.

    “We are now strongly tempted to suggest that perhaps all the minister wants is the free hand to single-handedly allocate lion share of capital votes in the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to Lagos-Ibadan axis alone to the detriment of other parts of the country as seen in the 2016 budget proposal”, the House alleges.
     
    Buttressing its point further, the House which recently deliberated and passed the 2016 budget accused Fashola of promoting a sectional agenda by slanting certain important allocations toward his home region at the expense of other states of the federation.

    “The main ministry’s capital budget as proposed by Fashola’s ministry was N334.3 billion out of which he allocated N89 billion to his home region while the North East, the most devastated and neglected region got a paltry N10 billion. How can anyone justify this and then turn around to oppose a token allocation of say N30 million for rural projects in the federal constituencies including the ones in the geopolitical zone that was allocated N89 billion of the ministry’s capital budget? Who is fooling who? A minister takes N89 billion to his region and turns around to attack N100 million meant for constituencies nationwide. Sadly, this is what the Nation is defending in its editorial which is a perfect example of clannish conspiracy.

    “The argument has always been that the job of lawmakers is to make laws and no more, even then it is usually conveniently disregarded, the fact that annual budget or appropriation is one of the most important laws by the legislature. We should be reminded that making laws is just one function while there are other more critical aspects of the work of MPs. The job of a lawmaker also includes representation which entails protection of the interests of their constituents by ensuring that they get fair treatment from government including a fair share of the national budget.

    “But for constituency projects, many rural communities in Nigeria would never have known about the existence of the Federal Government let alone benefitting from budgets. Thanks to the mechanism of the projects which ensures that every year projects such as solar powered bores holes, hand pumps, school infrastructure, dispensaries, skills acquisition centres, poverty alleviation, etc are implemented, however, poorly the implementation. In fact, it is on record that over the years, the executive deliberately frustrates the implementation of constituency projects to the point that not up to 40 percent has ever been implemented in any given budget year. Already, unfortunately, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, has stated that the government may not be able to implement constituency projects in the 2016 budget. May be he doesn’t know that the Appropriation Act is a law that must be implemented unless of course if it is amended which can only be done if the government fails to meet its revenue targets.

    “Needless to say that it is the monumental failure of the executive of successive governments to implement budgets and ensure national spread of projects through even and equitable allocation of capital votes that compelled lawmakers to insist that a meagre or paltry sum be allocated for projects in constituencies nationwide. Indeed it is strange for a top functionary of an APC government to oppose a policy aimed at fairness and transparency such as constituency projects. For the avoidance of doubt, skewed development is corruption and it’s propagation in an APC government will be puzzling paradox.

    “The legislature is never averse to constructive criticism but criticism borne out of mischief is sheer hypocrisy and a deliberate attempt at giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. The Nation‘s editorial on the subject deliberately avoided comparative analysis and the fact that HE Fashola himself implemented constituency projects as governor of Lagos State for 8 years. The editorial was at best an intellectual fraud. This certainly should not be the preoccupation of persons who are not only well informed but enjoy the privilege of laying hands on any information they lawfully desire”, the statement contended.


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  • Explosive! How fugitive Senator, Buraji Kashamu, bribed Nigerian judges & politicians to quash his extradition case

    01/Jul/2016 // 394 Viewers

    US ANGRY WITH NIGERIA

    Extensive investigations conducted by Pointblanknews.com have revealed a widening bribery scandal involving Senator Buruji Kashamu, some Nigerian judges, son of President Mohammadu Buhari and a cousin of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, in a bribery scheme designed to quash the extradition case of the senator to the United States.

    The United States Justice Department officials are already furious over roles played by Nigerian politicians aided by the judiciary and have expressed dismay at the bungling of the case which depicted all the trappings of rabid corruption on the part of Nigeria’s judiciary.

    Sources at the U.S DOJ and the State Department confirmed to Pointblanknews.com that while they would not want to comment on activities bordering on investigations of a criminal act, the U.S Government is particularly disappointed at the  turn of event with the Buruji’s extradition case.

    According to a Justice Department official who does not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the matter “We expected the current Government to be different from the past but it is disappointing that we seem to have been deceived.”

    Mr. Kashamu and 14 others were, in 1998, charged by a federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in an international conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the United States, according to U.S court papers. He fled to the U.K. where repeated efforts by the U.S. to extradite him failed, before he returned to Nigeria and became a Senator.

    The US government has, following the development, initiated moves to reach out to the Buhari government over the matter.

    According to a source, “We are not given up. We are making efforts to discuss with the President of Nigeria.”

    Muhammad Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, had told a Nigeria-based online medium in an interview recently‎ that the agency is under the control of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice office.

    “We are an agency under the Attorney-General, once the Attorney General is involved in a matter we are, we must necessarily step aside for him.

    “There are no two governments in Nigeria. The NDLEA is not an independent organisation, it’s an organisation under the Attorney General. The Attorney General is handling that, so we have nothing to say.”

    But sources told pointblanknews.com that on the orders of the AGF, the National Security Adviser to the President and some very powerful APC chieftains, the NDLEA was directed to ands off the case against Buruji.

    A frustrated NDLEA official told pointblanknews.com on condition of anonymity that officials of the agency were shocked to note that the orders came from officials of the Presidency who were supposed to be championing the fight against corruption.

    “we were very shocked. All our efforts to honor the request of the United States have been frustrated. The extradition request is now politics.”

    Sources told Pointblanknews.com that while Mr. Buruji was playing hanky-panky with NDLEA officials, he had received assurances from some politicians that upon parting with some money, he can be free, according to an insider familiar with the deal.

    Senator Kashamu allegedly doled out $1 million to Judges handling the case to quash his extradition proceeding over drug crimes committed in Chicago which prompted the United States to declare him wanted.

    Impeccable sources told Pointblanknews.com that some APC chieftains introduced Senator Kashamu to Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Buhari and the brother of the First Lady called Alhaji Yola. The duo then took the desperate Buruji to some friends of the President who then took the matter to the President’s top aides.

    The two top aides of the President turned out to be the chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mohammed Babagana
    Monguno. Both men were alleged to have agreed that the embattled PDP Senator settle some Judges for the extradition case to be killed.

    Acting on the advice of the top Buhari aides, Buruji was alleged to have approached a Judge who took him to the Judge handling his case at a Lagos Court whom he allegedly gave $1million, according to a source familiar with the case who does not want to be named.

    The source added that buruji further doled out another $1million to the Chief of Staff and the NSA and another undisclosed amount to the son of the President and the first lady’s cousin.

    Both young men have been the toast of politicians seeking favours from the Presidency. The duo has been seen in Senator Kashamu’s house on several occasions.

    The hitherto unknown son of the President has been besieged by politicians who see him as his father’s confidant and pressure him to collect money for favours.

    Following moves by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to effect the arrest of Senator kashamu immediately after his election, the senator approached a Lagos High Court seeking to prevent the agency from arresting him.

    With two court orders, the NDLEA which had refused to vacate his Lagos residence eventually left Kashamu following pressure on the agency to respect the rule of law. Nigeria has an extradition treaty with the United States on drug and other related crimes.

    It would be recalled that in the decision of the US District Court, in May 2013, Judge Charles Norgle had held that Mr. Kashamu had done everything within his power, including document forgery as well as political pressure, to frustrate his trial in the U.S.

    A previous request to extradite Kashamu from Britain failed in 2003. Kashamu spent five years in a British jail before he was freed over
    uncertainty about his identity. He was carrying $230,000 when he was arrested there.

    *The post  'How fugitive Senator, Buraji Kashamu, bribed Nigerian judges & politicians to quash his extradition case' appeared first on Pointblank News 


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  • Church Elder caught Pants down With Member’s Wife in Akwa-Ibom State (Photos)

    01/Jul/2016 // 1953 Viewers

     

    Wonder shall never end. End time is already on the corner as immorality has succeeded our churches today.

    It was a dramatic scene for residents of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, when a man, said to be an elder in an unidentified church, was caught stuck inside his friend’s wife during an adulterous act.

    The man, identified as Elder Ndarake, was caught stuck inside a woman during one of his usual round of adulterous sex.

    According to ibommobile.com, the woman’s husband, who gave his name as Ekanem, a fisherman, said though he got signals that Elder Ndarake, a married man with five children, always visited his house whenever he was away on his fishing trips which sometimes lasted weeks, he never suspected that he could have amorous relationship with his wife and mother of seven children.

    Ekanem further said Elder Ndarake recommended his wife for him. Chai! This world is going sodom. 

    See photos below... 


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  • BREAKING : Police retire 21 AIGs

    01/Jul/2016 // 859 Viewers

     

    The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police who were senior to the new acting IG, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment.

    With this retrenchment, majority of the experienced officers in the Force may have been swept off.

    The affected AIGs include, Bala Hassan; Yahaya Ardo; Irmiya Yarima; Danladi Mshebwala;  Tambari  Mohammed ; Bala Magaji Nasarawa; MUsa Abdulsalam; Adisa Bolanta and Mohammed Gana.

    Also affected by the retrenchment exercise were Umaru  Manko;  Lawal Tanko; Olufemi  Adenike; Johnson Ogunsakin; Adenrele Shinaba; James Caulcrick;  Olufemi   Ogunbayode; Edgar Nanakumo; Kalafite  Adeyemi;  Patrick Dokumor ; Joseph Mbu and Sabo  Ringim.
     
    A statement on Friday in Abuja by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the Chairman of the Commission,  Mike Okiro “congratulated the affected officers for their meritorious service to the nation and wished them well in their new endeavours.”


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  • #Chibok Girls: BBOG berates COAS Buratai over comment

    01/Jul/2016 // 340 Viewers

     


    PARIS, JULY 2, 2016: (DGW) The Bring Back Our Girls group (BBOG) which has been campaigning for the release of the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram since 2014, has taken a swipe at the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

    The army chief was alleged to have said  that the Chibok girls might not be alive

    But this is coming a month after  one  of the girls, Amina Nkeki was found.

    The group chided  Buratai for making the comment which it say will further break the spirit of the parents who have been waiting patiently and anxiously for the government to act and reuniting their children with them.

    In a statement issued and signed by the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, they said the statement allegedly made by the army chief was very disappointing which took them by a storm.

    “We read the news report with utter shock and disappointment, especially considering that only last month when one of our #ChibokGirls - Amina Ali Nkeki was rescued, the COAS enthusiastically reassured the nation that the Military will rescue the rest of her classmates.” 

    “We, therefore, fail to understand what has changed since May 2016 and what the COAS' rather speculative statement suggesting that our #ChibokGirls may not be alive is expected to achieve.

    “We are surprised that General Buratai's inference without any accompanying counterfactual evidence is coming amidst the successes of our brave soldiers, the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), and the Civilian-Joint Task Force (C-JTF) in recent weeks and months.


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  • I support Buhari’s anti-graft war, will return N400m — Metuh

    01/July/2016 // 634 Viewers

     

    A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has said he is in support of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

    He stated that he was in search of money to return to the Federal Government the N400m he was paid by the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan for image laundering.

    Metuh is currently being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly collecting the sum from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

    The N400m was alleged to be part of money meant for the purchase of arms to wage war against insecurity in the North-East.

    Metuh, in a statement by his lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), in Abuja on Thursday, said he was ready to refund the money.

    The statement was titled, ‘Why our client (Chief Olisa Metuh) is offering to return the N400m – Counsel’.

    Metuh said his earlier proposal to return the N400m released to him by Jonathan, was because he did not know where the money came from.

    The statement added, “We want to restate that at the time the money was released to him after his presentation to the ex-President, our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and the defence witnesses.

    “Our client had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.

    “When the matter first came up and Metuh was invited to the Office of the National Security Adviser in December, 2015, he requested to know the source of the money and expressed his readiness to make refunds if it was from the government coffers, not minding that the money had been expended as directed by the former President.

    “Officials at ONSA never got back to him as they promised until his arrest by the EFCC in January, 2016.”

    He stated that it was during his prosecution that he got to know the source of the fund.

    “It was however while in court that a document was brought regarding the source of the money and since then, our client has made manifest his willingness to return the money and has indeed approached his family, friends and associates to mobilise funds to return the entire N400m to the government regardless of the fact that the money had been expended based on the directives of the former President and that part of the money had been recovered from one of the prosecution witnesses,” the ex-PDP spokesman said.

    Metuh explained that since then, he had been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.

    “His returning the money therefore goes to show his support for the anti-corruption war as well as serve as a testament to his sincerity, integrity and honesty in this matter,” the statement added.

    He said he would always support the anti-corruption war of the government. - Punch

     


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  • Militants' ploy to catch Buhari may have leaked as he plays smart, despatches IG to Gbamaturu for peace talks

    01/July/2016 // 2176 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JULY 1, 2016: Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will today head for Gbamaturu Kingdom instead of President Muhammadu Buhari  to hold peace  talks with leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri communities over the renewed  hostilities in the Niger Delta.

    Buhari had before now been expected to make  the visit himself to the trouble region to see the leaders of the communities but shelved the plan after a closed-door meeting with service chiefs of Thursday.

    This is the second time he would be playing smart to cancel his visit to the volatile region, the first being the cancellation of his working visit to flag off the clean up of   Ogoniland.

    Sources revealed to DailyGlobeWatch that while there  the new police chief will  carry out on the spot assessment  on some damaged oil and gas facilities. 

    It was also gathered that the IGP would also hold peace talks with the kinsmen of wanted ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias  Tompolo.

    Confirming the visit to our correspondence in Asaba, the Delta State capital, the Delta State Police Command spokesperson, SP Celestina Kalu, declined to reveal the details of Idris visit.

    But an independent source revealed to our correspondent that the new IG would among other things hold peace talks with other community leaders with a view to ending militancy  in the troubled region.

    The IG is also expected to hold talks with youths ahead of the commencement of works at the Delta Gas City project otherwise called Exports Processing Zone.

    Meanwhile, Oporoza community, the  traditional  headquarters of the Gbamaturu people  is agog to host the new IG today .

    “It’s true that the new acting IGP is visiting Warri South West in Delta State tomorrow (today) to hold talks with some leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri following recent attacks on oil facilities in that area.

     “The IGP is very interested in resolving the renewed crisis in the region. His visit is part of the dialogue option being explored by the Federal Government to halt further hostilities especially on oil and gas installations in this area,” the source said.


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