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    Police seek special courts for rape

Police seek special courts for rape

The police are advocating a speedy establishment of special courts to handle rape cases. Speaking at a meeting with Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Ibrahim Lamorde, acting inspector-general force intelligence, said special courts would ensure privacy for survivors and encourage them to speak out freely when they present their cases for hearing. Lamorde said there is a [...]

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    Akpabio: I didn’t get N300m fence construction contract from NDDC

Akpabio: I didn’t get N300m fence construction contract from NDDC

Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, says he did not get any N300 million fence construction contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Speaking with reporters after he appeared before an ad hoc panel of the senate on Friday, Akpabio said the contracts  were never approved. The panel is probing the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim management [...]

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    ALERT: There will be flood in 28 states, says NEMA

ALERT: There will be flood in 28 states, says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says there will be flood in 102 local government areas in 28 states across the country. In a statement on Friday, Muhammadu Muhammed, NEMA director-general, said the yearly seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP) and annual flood outlook (AFO) released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) predicted the floods in June. The director-general said Kaura and Zaria [...]

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    ‘I have COVID-19 but I’m fine’ — says Bolivia president after test

‘I have COVID-19 but I’m fine’ — says Bolivia president after test

Bolivia‘s interim President Jeanine Anez Chavez says she has contracted COVID-19. In a tweet on Thursday, Chavez said she "feels fine" and would continue working from isolation. "I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am fine, I will work from isolation. Together, we will come out of this," she tweeted. https://twitter.com/JeanineAnez/status/1281349188731707392?s=19 Reports say at least seven ministers had tested positive for the disease, hence [...]

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    Zainab Ahmed: Buhari will sign revised 2020 budget Friday

Zainab Ahmed: Buhari will sign revised 2020 budget Friday

Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, says President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the revised budget of N10.8 trillion on Friday. The national assembly passed the revised budget in June. The federal government made adjustments to the budget following the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. Speaking at a meeting with Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, [...]

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    ‘There’s no money to chop at NDDC’ — commission defends N3.14bn COVID-19 relief

‘There’s no money to chop at NDDC’ — commission defends N3.14bn COVID-19 relief

The interim management committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was on Thursday grilled by an ad hoc senate panel. The committee is being investigated over the N3.14 billion it disbursed to its 4,000 workers and police commands in nine states as COVID-19 relief. The panel was set up to investigate the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim [...]

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    Osinbajo to IGP: Probe allegation that I received N4bn from Magu

Osinbajo to IGP: Probe allegation that I received N4bn from Magu

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), to investigate the allegation that he collected N4 billion from Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a petition dated July 8 and addressed to Adamu, the vice-president through Taiwo Osipitan, his lawyer, said Jackson Ude, publisher of the allegation, will continue to [...]

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    Ensure N78bn refunded to Rivers is accounted for, group tells Buhari

Ensure N78bn refunded to Rivers is accounted for, group tells Buhari

A group known as the Network for the Defence of Democratic and Good Governance (NDDGG) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the N78 billion refunded to Rivers state by the federal government is accounted for. Buhari had approved the refund of the money spent on repairing federal roads in the state. Last week, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, thanked Buhari [...]

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    Yahaya Bello swears in new Kogi chief judge

Yahaya Bello swears in new Kogi chief judge

Yahaya Bello, Kogi governor, has sworn in Henry Olusuyi as the new chief judge of the state. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the government house in Lokoja, Kogi capital, on Wednesday. Edward Onoja, deputy governor, and Matthew Kolawole, speaker of the state house of assembly, were among the dignitaries at the event. Olusuyi replaced Nasir Ajanah who died last week. Ajanah died at [...]

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    Salary structure of civil servants at national assembly illegal, says HoS

Salary structure of civil servants at national assembly illegal, says HoS

Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of service of the federation (HoS), says the current consolidated salary structure (CONLESS) of civil servants at the national assembly is "illegal". TheCable understands that Yemi-Esan said this at a meeting with Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives. The head of service asked the leadership of the national assembly to revert the [...]

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    Senate fixes tenure of IGP at single 4-year term

Senate fixes tenure of IGP at single 4-year term

The senate has amended the police act to make the tenure of the inspector-general of police (IGP) a four-year single term. The upper legislative chamber passed the legislation after it considered clauses in the bill entitled 'An Act to Repeal the Police Act, Cap. Pl9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Enact the Police Act, 2020'. While presenting a report [...]

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    ‘Your dollars won’t work in Edo guber’ — Wike taunts Ganduje

‘Your dollars won’t work in Edo guber’ — Wike taunts Ganduje

Nyesom Wike, Rivers governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for Edo governorship election, has taunted Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano governor, saying he cannot influence the election with his ''dollars''. Wike said this on Tuesday in response to comments by Ganduje, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council for Edo governorship. Ganduje had said Wike would be sent [...]

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    Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the upper legislative chamber did not declare the seat of Uzor Orji Kalu, chief whip, vacant because he was "on several appeals." In December, a federal high court in Lagos convicted the chief whip of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion. He stood trial alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account [...]

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    You lack the power to extend tenure of immigration CG, lawyer writes Aregbesola

You lack the power to extend tenure of immigration CG, lawyer writes Aregbesola

D.D Makolo, a human rights lawyer, says Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, lacks the power to extend the tenure of Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). NIS is under the supervision of interior ministry. In a letter addressed to the minister, Makolo said Babandede has spent a little over 35 years in service, and should have retired by now. He [...]

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    ‘Your directives not binding on me’ — Keyamo hits n’assembly despite Ngige’s apology

‘Your directives not binding on me’ — Keyamo hits n’assembly despite Ngige’s apology

Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, says members of the national assembly are trying to bypass him in the recruitment of 774,000 citizens. The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is meant to recruit 774,000 people under a special works programme. The junior minister had engaged in a shouting match with some federal lawmakers when he appeared before them over [...]

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    Ngige apologises to Lawan over Keyamo’s outburst on 774,000 jobs

Ngige apologises to Lawan over Keyamo’s outburst on 774,000 jobs

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, has apologised to Senate President Ahmad Lawan over the outburst of Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, regarding the recruitment of 774,000 persons. Last week, Keyamo engaged in a shouting match with some senators and house of representatives members while responding to questions about the recruitment. The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) [...]

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