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 Tough contest forsevenkey offices as APC holds convention
Sat, 23 Jun 2018

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Barely few hours to the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), governors were locked in horse-trading on seven key positions, including the choice of the National Secretary of the party.

The seven offices are those of National Secretary, Deputy National Chairman (North); Deputy National Chairman (South); National Organising Secretary; National Publicity Secretary; National Women Leader and National Youth Leader.

It was however learnt that the governors were mounting pressure on party leaders to concede the choice of the new National Secretary and National Publicity Secretary to them in order to create some balance and heal wounds in the party.

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The governors were pushing for the retention of Mai Mala Buni (the incumbent National Secretary) and Bolaji Abdullahi (the party’s National Publicity Secretary) who is of the aggrieved New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) caucus of the party.

Some party leaders want Kashim Imam or Arc. Waziri Bulama as the new secretary and Lanre Issa Onilu as a replacement for Abdullahi.

The governors, who control 80 per cent of the delegates, were said to be adamant on their demand for the two posts, leading to marathon meetings across divides in the party yesterday.

About 26 candidates had, however, emerged unopposed as at last night, including ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole who will now lead the party.

Also, as part of steps to douse tension ahead of the convention, the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday met with the APC Caucus in the House of Representatives.

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Senators, Reps reply Buhari on 2018 budget
Sat, 23 Jun 2018

THE Senate and House of Representatives yesterday listed the need to address “geo-political imbalances’ and ensure compliance with the constitutional principle of Federal Character as the reasons for its adjustments to the 2018 budget proposals submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmakers also claimed that the budget process is a joint effort that “must reflect the input of both the executive and the legislature, the latter being the closest representatives of the people.”

But it admitted that it was “fully aware that the Executive has the exclusive responsibility to execute all parts of the Appropriation Act once it is signed into law.”

The legislature was responding to Wednesday’s public complaint by President Buhari on the massive alteration made to the budget by the federal lawmakers.
Buhari who signed the budget document ‘reluctantly’ on account of the alteration said the National Assembly raised estimates he presented by N578 billon, cut N347 billion allocated to 4,700 projects and introduced 6,403 projects of their own, reduced allocation for the completion of the Enugu Airport terminal building from N2 billion to N500 million and the take-off grant for the Maritime University in Delta State from N5 billion to N3.4 billion, among others

He said: “Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation.

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Presidency faults lawmakers claims on budget distortion
Sat, 23 Jun 2018

The Presidency yesterday faulted the decision of National Assembly to distort the 2018 Budget after N270 billion allocation was made for their constituency projects.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while N100 billion was already provided for constituency projects in the 2018 Budget proposal, the executive also allowed additional N170 billion provision for the projects from the increased oil benchmark.

He said “Sequel to the response of the National Assembly justifying its distortion of the 2018 Budget, the following clarifications have become necessary.

“Throughout the budget consideration process the executive, through the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, was in touch with the National Assembly.

“The executive was approached by the National Assembly who indicated that they intended to increase the benchmark price by US$5, from US$45 to US$50. Out of the US$5 increase, the National Assembly informed the Executive that they intended to utilise US$2 (amounting to about N170 billion) for projects selected by themselves.

“They asked the Executive to suggest important projects that could be accommodated with the funds arising from the balance of US$3.

“After some consideration, the Executive was of the view that an increase in the benchmark price of crude oil to US$50 was not unrealistic, and the President decided to accept this in the spirit of compromise required for a successful budget exercise.

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2019 elections: CJN urges judges to be wary of politicians antics
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
THE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has admonished judicial officers to be wary of the antics of politicians as the country gradually moves into another season of intense political activities.Onnoghen, who advised them to always be guided by the constitution, their code of conduct and oath of office, warned justices and judges against yielding themselves and positions as tools for politicians.The CJN also regretted the growing impunity in the executive arm, which he said
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APC convention: NSCDC, VIO deploy 2,400 personnel
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the FCT Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) have deployed 2,400 personnel to provide security within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) today in connection with the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The NSCDC, FCT Command, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr David Akinbinu, told NAN that the corps had deployed 2,000 of its personnel to ensure the territory was properly secured during the convention.Akinbinu said the pe
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Land grabbers allegedly eject family of seven, others from home
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Suspected hoodlums have allegedly ejected a family of seven and other residents from their homes in Fakale-Awosan community near Odo Kekere, Ikorodu, Lagos State.The hoodlums were allgedly working for one Chief Kamorudeen Lamina popularly known as Sir K Oluwo.The incident happened penultimate Thursday.According to a distraught resident, Hakeem Odele, whose family of seven were among the displaced residents, the armed hoodlums pulled down his sons block making factory and chased him and his child
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Death of woman in church during childbirth sparks row
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The death of a 23-year-old expectant woman, Deborah Kolawole, during childbirth in a church has sparked row in the Oke Oyinbo area of Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.Sources said the pastor in charge of a pentecostal church in the area identified as Samuel had asked Deborah to observe spiritual protection in his church, in order to avert death during childbirth.Deborah, a beautician, was said to have heeded the warning and moved to the church six months ago, for the spiritual pro
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Evans: Absence of defence counsel stalls trial
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The scheduled trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chuckwueme Onwuamadike, a.k.a.Evans, before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court was yesterday stalled due to absence of the defence counsel.Although a new counsel,Nuel Brown, announced appearance for Evans, in place of Olukoya Ogungbeje who withdrew earlier in the week, two co-defendants had no legal representation in court.Uche Amadi and Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, second and fourth defendants respectively, informed the court that they intended
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Presidential aspirant kicks over govtfunding of ranches
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Apresidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr.Peter Dio, has faulted Federal Governments planned funding of cattle ranches in some states of the federation.Dio claims ranching is private business and should be left to individuals to run such as they deem fit.Declaring his presidential aspiration in Jos, Plateau State, the Michika, Adamawa State, Dio said: government cannot spend public funds to establish ranches for herdsmen who are private businessmen like other farmers.He al
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President Buhari mourns Sule Gaya
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari says the death of Sarkin Fadan Kano, Alhaji Sule Gaya, has robbed the country of one of its humblest and dedicated parliamentarians.The presidents condolence message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.According to Buhari, one of the greatest legacies a man or woman can leave behind is his/her unblemished integrity, adding that the late Sarkin Fada of Kano was a remarkable man in his
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Oshiomholes coronation runs true to form
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
WITH the withdrawal of both Osarheimen Osunbor and Clement Ebri, both former governors of Edo and Cross River States respectively, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship contest, the stage seems set today for the coronation of another former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, regarded since the last two months or more as the ruling partys putative chairman. The chairmanship position is being vacated by John Odigie-Oyegun, himself a former Edo State governor. Chief Odigie-Oyegun
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Olubadan, religious leaders harp on child right protection
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, Most Reverend Gabriel Leke Abegunrin, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul-Ganiyy Agbotomokekere, Oyo commissioner education, science and technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela as well as his counterpart at the state ministry of women affairs, Mrs Atinuke Oshikoya led other stakeholders to call for better child rights protection in Oyo state in order to secure the future of the country and also create an enabli
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Ekweremadu hails Super Eagles on victory over Iceland
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Iceland in their second group game at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.Ekweremadu in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, said the Eagles manifested the true Nigerian spirit, noting, however, that they should not relent, but bring out the best in them in order to book a place in the round of 16.I congratulate the Super Eagles on this resounding victory. I am ha
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Sule Gaya was of the golden age of democracy Buhari
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the death of Sarkin Fadan Kano, Alhaji Sule Gaya, has robbed the country of one its humblest and dedicated parliamentarians.Reacting to the demise of Gaya who was buried on Friday, the President said one of the greatest legacies a man or woman can leave behind is their unblemished integrity, adding that the late Sarkin Fada of Kano was a remarkable man in his own right.President Buhari, who described the late Sarkin Fadan Kano as a pride to his family and
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Okorochas minority report causes panic in APC convention
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in a dilemma over a minority report submitted by the Chairman of the Screening Appeal Committee, Owelle Rochas Okorocha which disqualified some of the candidates that were earlier cleared by the Aminu Bello Masari led screening committee.The Nation learnt lateFridayevening that Okorocha and one other member of the 20 man appeal committee submitted a minority report while the rest members of the committee submitted a maj
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Well restore your devastated communities, Buhari assures IDPs
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that his administration will leave no stone unturned to restore their devastated communities for their immediate and safe return.While congratulating the 2,000 IDPs at the Kuchingoro Camp, in the Federal Capital Territory who are getting set to return to their communities in the Northeast, the President assured all Nigerians that his administration will not forget citizens in their time of distress and will continue
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2019 polls: Obasanjo unfit to lead movement for reform Soyinka
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
ANobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is not the right Nigerian to lead any movement for reform on change of leadership in the country in 2019.He said Obasanjo has crossed the red line and his Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM) should not be glorified.He said the ex-President and other geriatric leaders of his generation should step aside and allow a new generation to lead the nation.Soyinka made his views known at a Conversation Night which was pa
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How I built contact with my sponsor from prison Robbery, Kidnapping suspect
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
One of the suspects in the robbery gang alleged to have killed an official of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and buried his corpse after receiving a ransom of N6 million, Prosper Nnwoke, has said that he established contact with the man that became his mentor in robbery and kidnapping while he was in prison.The 28-year-old indigene of Osisioma Local Government Area, Abia State and father of four, confessed that he went into crime in 2016, following which he was arrested and taken
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80m voters ll decide 2019 pollsINEC chair
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday said the will of voters will determine the outcome of the next general elections.He also said the number of voters in the country has hit about 80million mark although it could be higher before the next poll.He confirmed that there will be no electronic voting in 2019 but technology will be deployed to make the process credible.He said the nation has 68 political parties at present with 138 appl
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Police deploy 5,000 personnel, two helicopters, others
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
As part of measures to ensure a hitch-free convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the police said it has deployed 5,000 personnel from various units and two helicopters to the venue of the convention.The police also said that six Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) had been deployed to the venue of the convention billed to hold at the Eagle Square in Abuja today.The police also said it would divert traffic from the venue from 10 pm on yesterday till the end of the convention.The forego
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Behind the growing menace of political thugs
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The unholy transition from thuggery to robberyIn this concluding part of the series on the growing menace of political thugs in the country, KUNLE AKINRINADE highlights recent cases in which political thugs are involved in robbery, arson and kidnapping, among other crimes.Omoniyi Ajewole looked sullen on July 8, 2014 as he filed out with eight other members of his gang while they were being paraded by the police at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squads (FSARS) office, Adeniji Adele, Lagos. Bef
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Long walk to martyrdom
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Life is a hypocrite and living it is a greater lie. It causes everyone to dance to unfamiliar rhythms and prompts a forgetfulness that is a recurrent cycle. It is factually ephemeral, and this is its realistic abstract than the concrete of the joys that we find in it. The scar from an injury may have healed but the tortuous period of pain and pang is best described by the sufferer. Fact is, no other person can best explain a mothers birth-pain than she who had labored and later came to birth; sa
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Where teenagers die by rat poison
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Sad chronicle of Nigerias suicidal teens Why young children are dying by suicide Health experts warn as pesticide becomes toxin of choiceAt 16, Yinka Olatundes life started to fall apart. She failed the university entrance examination at her first try. And rather than sponsor her education abroad, her father suggested that she enrolled in a private university in Lagos. To compensate her, he promised to sponsor her on shopping spree to Dubai, to acquire clothes and shoes for the new school year.G
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EFCC Benin secures nine convictions in 12 months
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Benin Zonal office, said it secured nine convictions for various financial crimes within the last 12 months.Mr Mailafia Yakubu, zonal head of the Benin office comprising Edo, Delta and Ondo, disclosed this on Friday at an event to mark the first anniversary of the zonal office.Yakubu disclosed that within the period 654 petitions were received, while 557 were found worthy and approved for investigation.He explained that 64 petitions were rejec
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Im not too old for marriage CHIKA OPARAH
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Chika Oparah is an up and coming actress who has been nursing the dream of being at the top of producers list since childhood. Presently pushing her dream, she has acted a couple of roles in different movies including Men in Bondage, African Tradition, Madam Export, Poverty Palava, Huzzle, Woa Men, Dorobucci Love and D Don; presently showing on Africa Magic, playing alongside some A-list actors. In this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, the actress, who is in her 30s, speaks on her challen
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Whats up with Nigerias Alpha cinema firm
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
At the risk of reporting doom, I quietly waited for this moment to confirm rumours of leading Nigerias cinema company, Filmhouse/FilmOne going under.For a company of that status which someone likened to Hollywood studio system in the sense of a vertically integrated company hearsays of allegations and counter allegations of sexual assault, financial misappropriation, personal ego and unfriendly mien to its immediate constituency were no good songs to the ears, hence my reluctance to run to tow
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KSA, Obey, others for PMAN Governors double celebration
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Come next week Saturday, all roads will lead to Sango Ota, Ogun State, as the governor of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Dr. Kareem Olomide Osoba, is set for the launch of his new album and the centenary birthday of his motherAccording to Osoba, the celebration which will hold on Saturday, June 30, at Fatlan Hotel and Suite, Ijako, Sango Ota will attract the creme de la creme in the entertainment industry.Among the artistes listed for the event include King Sunny Ade, Ebenez
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Michael Kalu confirms Sex-for-roles in Nollywood
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Nollywood producer, Michael Kalu, has revealed that many producers and directors in the Nigerian movie industry demand to sleep with female thespians in exchange for a role in their movies. Kalu said this during an interview at a recent red carpet event.I cant tell you that the sex for role syndrome doesnt exist in Nollywood, said Kalu who has worked as either a production manager or production assistant on more than 40 films.That will be a lie, some girls dont want to work hard, attend audition
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DANIEL COLE, FREDA FRANCIS BAG 10 NOMINATIONS AT TINFF
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Fast-rising filmmaker, Daniel Cole and actress Freda Francis, who teamed up with talented Nollywood director, Toka Mcbaror for the movie, The Island, have bagged a total of 10 nominations at the coming Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF).The Island, which is billed to be premiered and officially released soon, is a film created primarily to showcase the best of Nigerian culture and to give viewers an in-depth, enjoyable cultural experience whilst celebrating the efforts of the
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How 11-year-old restored my confidence Ebube Nwagbo
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Nollywood actress, Ebube Nwagbo, who is presently on the set of Taken, a new movie by Eneaji Chris, has said an 11-year-old kid actor she met on set restored her confidence.So I met one of the smartest and confident 11 year old ever, Alex who plays our daughter Cherry. She was always quick to remind me how big of a superstar she was because according to her, her first movie has received over 30million views on YouTube.She continued, Im like wowwww! That means Im very lucky to be playing alongsid
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Sniffy confident on next single Slowly
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Following the release of his single, Play Love, Solomon Ifeanyi who is also known as Sniffy has disclosed that he is working on another song titled Slowly.Speaking about the song, the Delta State indegene who discovered his singing ability at a tender age while mimicking music legend Micheal Jackson said the song will blow listeners minds because of the quality he has put in it.The songwriter ia condident that his yet to be released singles OMG, Slowly and Controller will rock the music industry
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God will not forgive you, Daddy Showkey tells Mamuzee Twins
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Galala exponent, John Asiemo, popularly known as Daddy Showkey is not quick to air his view on sensitive matters, but when he does, he doesnt mince words.In a no-holds-barred clip posted on instagram, the singer took two of his industry colleagues, Anthonio Akpos Dixon and Andre Andos Dixon, better known as Mamuzee Twins to the cleaners for allegedly abandoning their mother during her time of illness only for them to turn around and start celebrating her after her demise.According to Showkey, th
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MARY J. BLIGE officially divorces Kendu Isaacs
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Grammy winner, Mary J. Blige and her husband, Kendu Isaacs, are officially divorced, ET confirms. According to court documents, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge signed off on the divorce yesterday.The news comes three months after the former couple settled their divorce out of court. Blige filed for divorce from Isaacs in July 2016 after 13 years of marriage.Last June, a judge ordered Blige to pay Isaacs $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support, in addition to $135,000 retroactively
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Ijebu, Nkechi Blessing now car owners
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Counted as a big achievement in the entertainment industry, two Yoruba actors Olatayo Amokade, known as Ijebu, and rising actress Nkechi Blessing, have joined the league of car owners.The two actors who have since been getting congratulatory messages from their colleagues described their achievements as one of the benefits of hard work.Nkechi Blessing, who was said to have been in an online fight with Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim, said: Thank God sey man no be God. Of a truth hard work pays.
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Nigeria in dire need of efficient credit system-Institutes Registrar Prof. Onalo
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Prof. Chris Onalo is the founding Registrar/Chief Executive, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), the umbrella body for credit management professionals in the country. Onalo, who clocked 61 this month, recounts the story of his life growing up in the backstreet of Elele-Ibaji, Kogi State vis–vis his career trajectory, vision for a new Nigeria and sundry issues. He spoke withIbrahim Apekhade Yusuf. Excerpts:Do you feel accomplished at 60 plus’Before I reflect on life at over 60, I woul
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Labour to Nigerians: ensure violence-free 2019 elections
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
Organised labour has urged Nigerians to reflect on how the forthcoming general elections could be conducted devoid of violence.Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama said Nigerians should embrace the virtues of personal sacrifices, piety and self denial. He called for dedication, discipline and diligence.He said the deficiency of these virtues were the fundamental reasons why countries that we were at par with in the 1970s have all left us behind, noting that the time t
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Systemspecs says Remita is right choice for digital payment
Sat, 23 Jun 2018
With so many payment solutions out there, pundits already fear cash may soon be dethroned as king. Digital payment systems are now so ubiquitous. It is becoming increasingly difficult for consumersbusinesses and individualsto make the right choice. Ideally, this right choice is based on payment needs. Irrespective, it should be one that is seamless, easy to use, efficient, fast and secure. A few brands that have been able to deliver these qualities are leading globally. By now, almost everyone i
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