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Order immediate licensing of N60bn Bayelsa Airport, Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Federal Government to direct the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to issue licenses to allow Bayelsa Airport to begin operations. The call followed the adoption of a motion moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu; Minority Whip, Gideon Gwani; Mr Fred Obua and Mr Preye Oseke at the plenary today. Adopting the motion titled ‘Need for the Federal Government to Grant Operational Rights to the Bayelsa Airport’, the House resolved…

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Maryam Sanda appeals death sentence judgement

Following her conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court over the murder of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, Maryam Sanda has approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division to set aside the verdict and acquit her. Sanda, who was sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Yusuf Halilu on January 27, said the trial judge “was tainted by bias and prejudices”. In a notice of appeal predicated on 20 grounds and filed by her legal team comprised of Rickey Tarfa, SAN; Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN; Regina Okotie-Eboh and Beatrice Tarfa, the applicant…

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Nigerian journalists, government critics that have been hounded

“The press, radio, television and other agencies of mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people,” Section 22 of the Nigerian 1999 amended Constitution states. But this is far from the reality in the West African country. Freedom of expression which is one of the fundamental human rights is being muzzled. The intimidation and harassment faced by journalists and critics of the Nigerian government are becoming alarming. Nigeria’s president,…

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People using fake news, hate speech to destabilizse Nigeria, says Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammad on Thursday said “fake news, disinformation and hate speech” are used by “naysayers” to destabilise the country. “This is not accidental: Fake news, disinformation and hate speech have become the weapons of choice to create tension in the polity and to destabilize the country,” Mohammed told reporters in Abuja. “And those behind it, the naysayers, are not about to relent,” he added. The minister was speaking about the deteriorating security situation in parts of the country which he says is being aggravated by fake news…

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$500 million loan not for NTA upgrade alone – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday said the controversial $500 million loan his ministry is seeking is not only to “upgrade” the state television, NTA. He said the loan is being sought for three major projects including the NTA upgrade. The minister made this known during a press conference in Abuja. Mr Mohammed has been criticised by Nigerians after he appeared before the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign to defend his request for the loan. The minister was reported to have said the loan was for…

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Ex- EFCC Staff Jailed for Stealing Exhibits

  Justice S.C Amadi of the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 convicted and sentenced Hussaini Abubakar, a former staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to one year imprisonment with N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira ) option of fine, for stealing, contrary to Section 383 (1) and punishable under Section 390 of the Criminal Code CAP 37 vol. II Laws of Rives State of Nigeria, 1999. The defendant was arraigned by the EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office on a three-count charge,…

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ASUU calls for resignation of accountant general over gross incompetence

The academic union argued that the alleged failure of the Accountant General to release remitted deductions of University workers’ salaries for the month of January three weeks after payment of their salaries was a deliberate plan to make university staff suffer. In a statement jointly signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Dr. Ade Adejumo and the University of Ibadan Chairman, Professor Ayo Akinwole stated that salaries are not paid when deductions on cooperative societies and other schemes are not paid. ASUU  described the AGF as not only…

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Reps to FG: appoint more Supreme Court justices

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to immediately appoint more justices for the Supreme Court to expedite the dispensation of justice in the country. The House said the depleting number of justices of the Supreme Court has slowed down the quick Adopting a motion of urgent public importance on the need to appoint more justices sponsored by Rep. Onifiok Akpan Luke, the House said with the present composition of the Supreme Court, it was extremely impossible to constitute two panels to sit on appeal. He reminded…

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Education 

BREAKING: UNILAG lecturer bags 21 years for rape

An Ikeja  High Court on Thursday sentenced a part-time lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Afeez Baruwa, to 21- year imprisonment for  raping an 18-year-old girl admission seeker. Justice Josephine Oyefeso convicted Baruwa  of a one count charge of rape brought  against him. Justice  Oyefeso said: “the prosecution has proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt. I found him guilty of the charge” . Delivering her judgement ,the judge said: “I cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl. The convict offended his family, the victim, the…

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Senate calls for reinstatement of sacked GM of Niger Delta Power Company

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution at plenary, mandating the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, (NDPHC) to reinstate Maryam Mohammed, following her disengagement from service on June 10, 2016. It also directed the NDPHC upon her reinstatement, to pay all her entitlements given the fact that her disengagement did not follow due process in line with civil service rules and procedures. The resolution of senate followed a report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of a petition from Maryam Mohammed against NDPHC for alleged…

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