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Buhari faults Oshiomhole, says aggrieved members can sue APC
Tue, 27 Nov 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared his support for aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress who opted to sue the party over their grievances against the party.

The President said the courts remained the last option for the amicable resolution of disputes, hence he insisted that the party must allow aggrieved members to fully explore their democratic and legal rights.

The APC has been battling post-primary election crises amid fears that the development may adversely affect its chances at the 2019 polls.

The crises have led to court cases instituted by aggrieved members against the party.

Reacting to the court cases, the National Working Committee of the APC, led by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, issued strong warnings to members that dragged the party to court, asking them to withdraw their cases or face sanctions.

But Buhari on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, expressed his support for the members that had approached courts over their grievances.

The statement quoted Buhari as saying, “We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus method, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court.

“The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me.”

Buhari, who also cited the threat issued by the National Working Committee of the APC last week, said he did not agree with the position of the party’s leadership.

Buhari’s stand on Monday contradicted a directive of the National Working Committee, which asked the aggrieved aspirants to withdraw their court suits.

The APC NWC had on November 19 ordered its members to withdraw the court cases filed against the party or face sanctions.

The APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement after the NWC emergency meeting on November 19,said the party intended to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action was capable of undermining the party and hurt the party’s interest.

He had said, “The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has frowned upon the actions of some party members who have resorted to litigation as a way of addressing their perceived grievances without exhausting the party’s dispute resolution mechanism.

“This growing trend is viewed by the party as a manifest indiscipline. The action, it should be noted, is considered as anti-party as it goes against our party’s constitution.

“For emphasis, according to Article 20, Subsection 10 of our party’s constitution, offences against the party include the following: “Filing an action in a court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matters relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting all avenues for redress provided for in this constitution.”

“The Party intends to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the party and hurt the party’s interest.”

The NWC gave the warning a few days after constituting a reconciliation committee to mediate in disputes involving all aggrieved persons in the primaries of the party.

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Nigerians transactions on PoS hit N1.82tn in 10 months Survey
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Nigerians carried out N1.82tn worth of transactions on the Point of Sales terminals across the country in the first 10 months of the year. The transactions were conducted on about 200,239 active terminals that were issued by mobile money merchants to retailers, data made available by the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System showed. The statistics indicated
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President okays salary increase for policemen
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, John Ameh and Leye Aluko President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Rank Salary Structure Adjustment for the Nigeria Police Force, the Presidency said on Monday. The structure implies that the salaries, allowances and pensions of policemen will be increased. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr
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Lagos to review security situation
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has announced plans to review the security situation of the state at a town hall meeting. A statement on Monday said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, would present a report on the activities and challenges of the command at the meeting scheduled for Wednesday. During the
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NULGE decries Buhari, EFCCs silence on LG funds diversion
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees on Monday accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidency of ignoring petitions by concerned Nigerians that demanded the probe of the Joint Account Allocation Committee. NULGE National President, Ibrahim Khaleel, and other speakers made the allegation at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of
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13 convicted for withdrawing girls from school
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Government on Monday disclosed that it had secured no fewer than 13 convictions in its effort to stop the withdrawal of girls from school for early marriages. The state Commissioner for Education, Fatima Madugu, who made this known to journalists in Minna, said the government also supported seven young
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Ekiti poll is INECs best, Fayemis witness tells tribunal
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Deputy Director-General of the campaign organisation of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State for the July 14, 2018 governorship election, Rufus Adunmo, on Monday told the states governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the poll was the best the Independent National Electoral Commission had ever conducted. Adunmo, who was
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Saraki, El-Rufai mourn Kyari
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Leke Baiyewu and Godwin Isenyo THE President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday, mourned the death of a former military governor of the state, Brig. Gen. Abba Kyari. Kyari was a military governor of the North Central State, now Kaduna State, between 1967 and 1975. In
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Okowa urges FG to take stringent measures against gas flaring
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Ochei Matthew, Asaba Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has urged the Federal Government to put stringent measures in place to curb environmental hazards arising from gas flaring. The governor made the call on Monday when participants of Course 41 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji paid him a courtesy visit in
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Poor access to finance threatens livestock farmers CBN
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano Lack of access to finance from formal financial institutions has been identified as a major threat to livestock farmers in Nigeria, as less than 20 per cent of aggregate commercial banks credit meant for agriculture goes to the livestock subsector. The Director, Development Finance Department of the CBN, Dr Mudashiru Olaitan, disclosed
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NBC warns against hate speech
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Chairman, Board of National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Ikra Bilbis, has advised politicians to guide against hate speech and any form of behaviour that may have negative effects on the outcome of the 2019 General Elections. He gave the advice during a two-day workshop in Sokoto for heads of broadcast media, producers
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Hearing begins in Onis suit against Fayemi
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti There was heavy police presence at the Ado Ekiti Division of the Federal High Court on Monday as the suit filed by a former Governor of the state, Segun Oni, challenging the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi to contest the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries as a sitting minister began. The
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Well miss 2019 target for refineries revamp Kachikwu
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said the plan to get the nations ailing refineries to work at almost full capacity will not materialise by 2019. Kachikwu stated this on Monday in Lagos at the 18th edition of the International HSE Biennial Conference on the Oil and Gas
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Benue APC to announce governorship running mate soon
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
John Charles Makurdi In a bid to meet the December 2 deadline for substitution of candidates for governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress said it had harmonised all issues preventing the party from picking a running mate for its governorship candidate. The APC Publicity Secretary in
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Flights disrupted as Dana faces NCAA certification
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Dana Air flights were disrupted on Monday as a result of the ongoing renewal process for the airlines certification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Some passengers of the airline heading to Abuja from Lagos on Monday, who were originally meant to fly to their destination on a Dana flight, could not
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IG assures Nigerians of fairness during 2019 elections
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has reiterated the readiness of the police for the 2019 general elections. He also assured stakeholders that the law enforcement agency would be fair to all parties and as well approach the poll with civility. Idris urged Nigerians not to entertain any fear over the
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Nigeria has lost its most valued oil buyers DPR
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Femi Asu Nigeria has lost its most valued crude oil buyers, even as its erstwhile gas customers are now competing with it, the Department of Petroleum Resources said on Monday. The Director, DPR, Mr Mordecai Ladan, said the oil and gas industry seemed to be under a new threat, which he described as the renewed
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We have no preferred candidates in 2019 elections British govt
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The British government has said that it is not supporting any candidate in the 2019 general elections. The Political Adviser, British Deputy High Commission, Wale Adebajo, said the British government would always be neutral in Nigerians bid to elect their leaders. Adebajo spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on
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A-Ibom CP tasks political parties on peaceful campaigns
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Patrick Odey, Uyo The new Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Musa Kimo, has charged leaders of 20 political parties in the state to remain peaceful and ensure smooth conduct before, during and after the 2019 elections. Kimo said he would not hesitate to wield the big stick against anyone of them found destabilising
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Nigeria could lose $6bn to Malabu scam Global Witness
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Femi Asu with agency report A court in Milan is considering charges of corruption against Eni and Shell over the purchase in 2011 of Nigerias Oil Prospecting Licence 245 that led to Nigeria losing an estimated $6bn. A global anti-corruption and accountability watchdog group, Global Witness, has calculated that the OPL 245 deal deprived Nigeria
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2019 budget: FG warns MDAs against inflating procurement contracts
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government against inflating procurement contracts that will be implemented under the 2019 budget. The warning was contained in the 2019 Budget Call Circular which was obtained exclusively by our correspondent from the Budget Office of the Federation. The Budget Call Circular, which
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My re-election, almost a done deal, el-Rufai boasts
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday said his re-election in the 2019 elections was almost a done deal. The governor noted that what was important to him was doing the right thing. El-Rufai said this at the 2018 National Council on Finance and Economic Development conference taking place in Kaduna. Being
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Benue APC to announce governorship running mate soon
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
John Charles Makurdi In a bid to meet the December 2 deadline for substitution of candidates for governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress said it had harmonised all issues preventing the party from picking a running mate for its governorship candidate. The APC Publicity Secretary in
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States abandoned urban, municipal water supply schemes FG
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja It is worrisome to note that state governments have abandoned investing in urban and municipal water supply schemes that are supposed to meet the water supply needs of their various population, the Federal Government said on Monday. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said this at the 2nd National Borehole Master
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Presidencys claim on military withholding casualty figure wrong Fact check
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has been under fire for reportedly saying that military the world over does not give information on its casualties. Also, a fact check showed that on the contrary, it is a standard practice by government of developed countries to
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Presidencys claim on military withholding casualty figure wrong Fact check
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has been under fire for reportedly saying that military the world over does not give information on its casualties. Also, a fact check showed that on the contrary, it is a standard practice by government of developed countries to
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Tramadol: Nigeria, India set to stop illegal importation
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Anna Okon The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali(retd), has said the service is in talks with the Indian High Commission and they are making arrangement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at stemming the illegal importation of Tramadol and other illicit drugs into the country, from India. The Service had in one
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Makanjuola donates 500-seater lecture theatre to LASU
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Chairman of Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr Aderemi Makanjuola, has donated a 500-seater lecture theatre to the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, to commemorate his 70th birthday. This was made public at the inauguration of the lecture theatre by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, who charged the private sector, corporate organisations and
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Makanjuola donates 500-seater lecture theatre to LASU
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
The Chairman of Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr Aderemi Makanjuola, has donated a 500-seater lecture theatre to the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, to commemorate his 70th birthday. This was made public at the inauguration of the lecture theatre by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, who charged the private sector, corporate organisations and
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Dont work against APC
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Dr Femi Majekodunmi, has appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to work for the governorship candidate of the party, Dapo Abiodun, in the interest of the development of the state and the party. Majekodunmi, who made this appeal on Monday in Abeokuta, however, warned the governor
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Dont work against APC
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Dr Femi Majekodunmi, has appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to work for the governorship candidate of the party, Dapo Abiodun, in the interest of the development of the state and the party. Majekodunmi, who made this appeal on Monday in Abeokuta, however, warned the governor
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PenCom tasks compliance officers on Micro Pension Scheme guidelines
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Patrick Odey, Uyo The National Pension Commission has tasked compliance officers drawn from the 31 licensed pension operators to ensure the implementation of micro finance scheme which is targeted at increased participation of employees in the informal sector. It charged them to monitor and report non-compliance with regards to the implementation of the guidelines and
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Adesina, Ndoma-Egba others insist on good governance
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Mudiaga Affe A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Adesina and a former Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba, on Saturday said good governance is the only solution to Nigerias challenges. They said this in Lagos during the fourth anniversary of Political Forum G50 Talk Show, which had the
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Making it big in cassava farming
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Cassava is among the popular staple foods grown in Nigeria and has an increasingly diverse use for its products. As a result of its uses, cassava farming is becoming lucrative and offers numerous opportunities to would-be investors. Experts and operators in the business have stated that cassava and its products serve as
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Ajudua duped me $8.4m on the pretext of influencing trial judge Bamaiyi
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, on Monday narrated to a Lagos State High Court how he was defrauded of $8.4m by an alleged fraudster, Fred Ajudua, on the pretext of influencing a trial judge handling the generals case. Ajudua is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
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Group slams Jonathan
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The Northeast Intellectuals Forum has faulted former President Goodluck Jonathan over some of the claims he made in his book My Transition Hours. In a statement by its secretary Dr Stephen Yunusa, the group consisting of academics said Jonathan owed Nigerians an apology for being economical with the truth in his book.
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Microsoft briefly tops Apple as most valuable company
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Microsoft briefly overtook Apple on Monday as the worlds most valuable company by market capitalization before slipping back into second place. Near 1800 GMT, Microsoft hit an overall market capitalization of $812.9 billion, just ahead of Apples $812.6 billion, according to Bloomberg News. However, Microsofts surge to the top spot was short-lived. In late-afternoon trading,
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Anambra govt backs planned abolition of Osu caste
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Anambra State Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artwork, Culture and Tourism has backed the December 28, 2018 fixed for the formal abolition of the Osu caste system in the South-East. In the Igbo tradition, the Osu are said to be dedicated to deities (Alusi) while the Ohu are said to be slaves
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Cheers as InSight spacecraft lands on Mars
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Cheers and applause erupted at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing. The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft designed to listen for quakes and tremors as a way to unveil the
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PDP accuses defence minister of diverting military funds
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, of diverting funds meant for military equipment and the welfare of soldiers battling Boko Haram in the North-East, to fund the All Progressives Congress campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola
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PDP faults APC on Umahi
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki The Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State on Monday faulted claims by the All Progressives Congress that Governor Dave Umahi had performed below expectations. In an interview with journalists in Abakaliki the Director-General, Governor Umahi Campaign Organisation, Fidelis Nwankwo, said he would lead APC leaders in the state to inspect Umahis projects.
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Again, FG, ASUU meeting deadlocked as strike continues
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities met on Monday at the Ministry of Education headquarters, Abuja, to review the grey areas in the 2017 Memorandum of Action, trying to reach a middle ground. The strike by the lecturers however continues as the meeting could not conclude
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UNN set to award 480 PhDs
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Adekunle Peter, Benin GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Monday presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N175.7bn to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval. The budget estimate, which is made up of N95.8bn for capital expenditure (54.5 per cent) and N79.9bn for recurrent expenditure (45.5 per cent), showed a 9.20 per
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Cultural excuse not enough reason for womens limitation Awosika
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, has said that no culture supports limiting the roles of women in society. Awosika, who was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Lecture of the HID Awolowo Foundation, held on Monday at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, said
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Obaseki presents N175.7bn budget proposal for 2019
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Adekunle Peter, Benin GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Monday presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N175.7bn to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval. The budget estimate, which is made up of N95.8bn for capital expenditure (54.5 per cent) and N79.9bn for recurrent expenditure (45.5 per cent), showed a 9.20 per
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Students are critical stakeholders to fight against corruption ICPC
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Patrick Odey, Uyo The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission believes secondary school students are the critical stakeholders in its fight against corruption in the country. The Assistant Chief Superintendent in charge of education in the commission, Mr. Sulieman Jimoh, said this during the opening of the Anti-corruption Club for Secondary Schools in
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Ortom threatens to report Akume to Tiv council
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday, threatened to report Senator George Akume to the Supreme Assembly of the Tiv Area Traditional Council over accusations that the state government was behind killings in the state. Ortom stated this at Tyulen in Guma Local Government Area of the state during a funeral oration
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PDP urges NASS to investigate killing of soldiers
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday urged the National Assembly to commence an extensive investigation into alleged compromises that led to the killing of over 100 Nigerian soldiers by insurgents. It stated that this had become inevitable particularly as the Buhari Presidency had allegedly refused to come forth with explanations on the
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Nine killed in Benue clash
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ene Okon, on Monday confirmed that nine persons were killed during a clash between suspected cult members and youths at Lessel in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state. The incident, which occurred on Saturday night, was said to have been caused by some suspected
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