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Minimum wage: Buhari, govs may clash as FG sets up advisory panel
Thu, 10 Jan 2019

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Indications emerged in Abuja on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari might clash with governors if he presented a bill to the National Assembly, proposing N30,000 as the national minimum wage without considering the states’ ability to pay, The PUNCH has learnt.

Buhari had while inaugurating a Technical Advisory Committee on National Minimum Wage in Abuja on Wednesday said there would be negotiations with workers already earning above N30,000 to help the Federal Government and the states to implement a new wage increase smoothly.
A new proposal of N30,000 is now before the President, which will be forwarded to the National Assembly on January 23 as a bill.

But the governors said they had already told the President the financial crisis the proposed N30,000 minimum wage would bring to their states if approved.

A governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told one of our correspondents that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, as a body, had sent to the President financial analysis of how the increment would affect 30 states.

It was gathered that the governors had earlier submitted a report carried out on six states to measure the impact of the increase in minimum wage from N18,000 to either N22,500, N24,000 or N30,000 on states’ finances.

The governor listed states that were covered in the first report to include “Kebbi, Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Plateau.”

It was gathered that some states had agreed to pay more than N30,000 but the governors were said to have collectively said the minimum wage should be pegged at N22,500 in order to help some states that were not financially viable.

Such states, it was gathered, included Kogi, Osun and Benue.

It was gathered that Jigawa State even offered to pay as much as N44,000 if the minimum wage was left at N22,500.

The governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “So, what we did was to help states that can’t pay N18,000 now to struggle and pay the N22,500 while those paying now should be able to manage the increment without much problems.

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2019: Soyinka attacks ex-President for supporting a devil
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked Nigerians to be wary of a former President who pretends to be the conscience of the nation. Soyinka said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News. The playwright, who was a panellist at the event tagged, Nigeria
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Atiku knocks Buhari for not attending air force officers burial
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday said it was unpatriotic for President Muhammadu Buhari not to attend the burial of the five Nigerian Air Force officers, who died while prosecuting the war on terror. He stated that it was sad that instead of boosting the morale
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Buhari no longer the only problem
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Abimbola Adelakun At some point, future historians of the present will give Donald Trump some credit for aptly summarising the dynamics of political following of our time. During his presidential campaigns, he bragged that he was so loved by his followers that he could shoot someone in public and not lose any voter. He has
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Buhari has done well for South East, South South Obiano
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the progress of work on the construction of the second Niger Bridge. He said the President had done well for the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones. Obiano stated this during an inspection visit of the project in Onitsha, Anambra State.
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PDP accuses Fayemi of frustrating Atikus campaign in Ekiti
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in Ekiti State, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase, has accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of frustrating the partys presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from campaigning in the state. Oguntuwase, who alleged that the state government denied the PDP the use of Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti for Atikus
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Sanwo-Olu solicits Swiss investment
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has asked companies and the government of Switzerland to explore the investment opportunities in the state. He noted that his campaign was focused on ensuring that the private sector remained a major driver of economic development. Sanwo-Olu spoke during a
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Airport police command arraigns 165 on assault
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Police Command, Lagos, charged 165 persons to court for committing various offences between January and December 2018. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Joseph Alabi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, told journalists on Wednesday that some of the suspects were charged with assault, stealing, obtaining by
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PDP berates Buhari, APC over disruption of North West rally in Jigawa
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Niyi Odebode, Olusola Fabiyi and Adelani Adepegba The police have disrupted a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Gumel, Jigawa State. Channels Television reported that the police fired tear gas canisters at the PDP supporters at the rally, which was held on Wednesday. The Deputy Chairman of the state PDP, Babandi Ibrahim, who confirmed
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Dangote, Adenuga top Forbes Africa billionaires list
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Femi Asu The President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and the Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga, top Forbes Africa Billionaires List released on Wednesday. However, Dangote saw his wealth drop by $2bn from $12.2bn in January 2018 to $10bn in 2019. But Dangote retained his position as Africas richest man for the eighth
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Nigerias debt hits N22.43tn, domestic component 70.51%
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigerias total debt now stands at N22.43tn, data obtained from the Debt Management Office have shown. According to the DMO, the nations total debt as of September 30, 2018, stood at N22.43tn. As of June 30, 2015, the countrys total debt stood at N12.12tn. This means that within the tenure of the
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FAANs N100m debt leaves airport workers without salaries
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Workers, who clean the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, complained again on Wednesday of not being paid their salaries despite promises by the concessionaire they work for and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. After an exclusive report by The PUNCH on December 26, 2018, it was learnt that the workers, who
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NERC encouraging Discos to take less power Gencos
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Femi Asu Electricity generation companies in the country have said distribution companies are taking less power than what they (Gencos) are willing to sell because of an obnoxious new capacity definition introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. The Gencos stated this on Wednesday through their umbrella body, the Association of Power Generation Companies, while
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Nigeria lost $2.8bn to piracy, others in 2018UN report
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Anna Okon A report released by the United Nations Secretary-Generals office in New York has shown that Nigeria lost estimated revenue of $2.8bn in 2018, as a result of crude oil and maritime crimes. The report revealed that maritime crime, including piracy, dominated in the coast of West Africa and posed a big threat to
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Oil sector FDI drops by $17.12m in three months
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Foreign Direct Investment in Nigerias oil sector dropped by $17.12m in the third quarter of 2018, the Nigerian Natural Resource Charter stated on Wednesday. According to the NNRC, foreign investments in the sector plunged from $24.85m in the second quarter of 2018 to $7.73m in the third quarter of the year. The
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Merger: Access Banks share price drops by 32%
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The share price of Access Bank Plc has declined by 32.52 per cent since the bank confirmed its plans to merge with Diamond Bank Plc. The share price of the bank, which stood at N7.45 on December 14, 2018, gained 9.4 per cent to close at N8.15 on December 17, 2018, after the
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Hiccups of port development in 2018 (2)
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
In this second part of the series on the need to develop ports outside Lagos to reduce the congestion in Apapa and Tin Can Island, Anna Okon focuses on Delta ports Delta ports In April 2018, the Federal Executive Council approved $44.861m (N16.150bn) for the dredging of Escravos Bar, Warri Port. The dredging, according to
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Customs order seizure of cargoes with improper documentation
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Anna Okon The Comptroller- General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali(retd.), has ordered the seizure of cargoes with improper documentation. Our correspondent learnt that the order came on the heels of an increase in the level of discrepancies observed in importers names and other information provided on clearance documents. The order was contained in a
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Kano to establish electricity firm
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano State Government is set to establish Kano State Bulk Electricity Trading Company, under the Qua Iboe Power Plant project. The move was conceptualised following an agreement by the Federal Government, through the Transmission Company of Nigeria, to deliver the required amount of power to the state, after the completion of
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Refining, regulatory challenges worry oil industry stakeholders
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Top on the worry list of stakeholders in the nations oil and gas industry are the uncertainty caused by the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the lack of adequate refining capacity, FEMI ASU writes After over 60 years of commercial production of crude oil and gas, the country is still
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Power: Edo awaits arrival of 55MW plant equipment
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Femi Asu The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, said on Wednesday that transmission equipment, transformers, cables, supply lines, among others, meant for the 55-megawatts CCETC-Ossiomo power plant, have sailed out of China and heading to Edo State. Obaseki, according to a statement, visited the site that will host the plant in Ologbo, near
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Harnessing the potential in ginger farming
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian Export Promotion Commission in its Zero Oil Plan had identified ginger as one of the 12 strategic products with high financial value which it had identified to replace oil. Other products with high financial value also identified by the NEPC are palm oil, cashew, cocoa, soya beans, rubber, rice, petrochemical,
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How to write a business plan
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
If youve reviewed what a business plan is, and why you need one to start and grow your business, then its time to dig into the process of actually writing a business plan. In this step-by-step guide, you will learn every stage of writing a business plan that will actually help you achieve your goals.
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2020: CBN reviews national financial inclusion strategy
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria has finalised the review of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy to achieve its 2020 set target. In the review, Nigeria plans to have 70 per cent of its adult population in the formal financial services sector and 10 per cent included in the informal sector by 2020. The
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50 million-litre daily fuel consumption, a fraud Saraki
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has alleged a massive fraud in the nations oil sector under the President Muhammadu Buharis administration. He alleged that the Federal Governments claims of paying subsidy on the 50 million litre of fuel being consumed by Nigerians daily were a big fraud. Saraki, who is
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Dont eat food given by politicians
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
James Abraham, Jos The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will not hesitate to sanction any corps member found to have betrayed public trust by accepting gifts including food, from politicians, during the 2019 elections. The electoral body also warned the corps members not to struggle with thugs so as not to endanger their lives
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2019: INEC cant be trusted on credible polls Wike
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission cannot be trusted to conduct credible polls in 2019 because of its inconsistent actions. Wike cautioned that though Rivers people were peace-loving, they would resist any attempt to rig the 2019 elections in the state. The governor spoke
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UN laments upsurge in Boko Haram attacks, withdraws 260 aid workers
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
John Alechenu and Kayode Idowu The United Nations on Wednesday expressed concern about the upsurge in Boko Haram attacks in the North-East. The UN said since the recent resurgence in the attacks, about 260 aid workers had been withdrawn, lamenting that it had affected its humanitarian service delivery in the troubled region. It also said
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Ambode sets up tribunal to end chieftaincy disputes
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has set up a tribunal of inquiry to look into chieftaincy disputes and other related matters in the state. Ambode, while inaugurating the five-man tribunal at the government secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, assured that the committee would deal with issues among royal families with integrity.
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FEC okays four new varsities
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja Four new private universities have been approved by the Federal Executive Council. The Council, at its first meeting in 2019 presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the universities on Wednesday. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave the names of the universities while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting. The
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I wont authorise government money for campaigns Buhari
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday that he would not approve any money from public treasury for his re-election campaigns to support the All Progressives Congress ahead of the February 16 poll. Buhari, who spoke after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, specifically told his ministers to devise individual ways
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Buhari, Osinbanjo, others to attend APC mega rally in Abia
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo and the Chairman of the All progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, will be in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, for the flag-off of the APC presidential and governorship rally, which will be held on Friday, January 8, 2019. The Director of the Abia APC Rally Committee,
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Father visits Boko Haram camp, begs son to surrender
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Kayode Idowu with agency report Mallam Baba Modu, an 80-year-old father of a Boko Haram commander, popularly called Ba-Ana, has narrated how he travelled to the Lake Chad camp of the Al Barnawi faction of the sect to plead with his son to dump the insurgents. Modu, who disclosed this in an interview with the
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2019: Foreign affairs minister quits Buharis cabinet
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja Ahead of the February 16 polls, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadija Bukar-Ibrahim, on Wednesday confirmed her resignation from the Federal Executive Council. Bukar-Ibrahim was a serving member of the Federal House of Representatives when President Muhammadu Buhari nominated her for the post of a minister in 2015. The
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Detention: Dasuki wants Usoro, Falana, Olanipekun, Agbakoba to intervene
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Sambo Dasuki has requested the Federal High Court in Abuja to invite some Senior Advocates of Nigeria to address issues relating to his continued alleged illegal detention. The SANs comprise the incumbent NBA President, Mr Paul Usoro, his predecessors, Chief Wole Olanipekun and Mr Olisa Agbakoba. Others are Mr Femi Falana, a
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Arraigning NBA President is like destroying the Bar Quakers
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Mr Norrison Quakers, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in this interview with OLADIMEJI RAMON, appraises President Muhammadu Buharis anti-corruption war in the last four years Its less than five months to the end of the leadership mandate secured by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. His administration is headlined by the anti-corruption fight. In your assessment,
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Two rewarded for saving 54 year-old
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo A Taxi driver, Mr Ifiok Obot and passenger, Mr Inieyo Akpan, were last week rewarded by the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health for saving the life of a 54 year-old woman. The lady, Mrs Maria Bassey, a Principal of Unity International School, Obo Ntong, in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area
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Otti vows to probe past govts in Abia
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that he would probe and recover all the stolen funds from the past previous administrations in the state, if elected as governor in 2019. Otti said that enough was enough for the years of bad
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Flight crew foil attempt to traffic three-day-old baby
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi An all-female Air Peace flight crew has foiled an alleged attempt by a woman to traffic a three-day-old baby boy through the Port Harcourt Airport to Lagos. According to the airline, the suspect had booked the Port Harcourt-Lagos Flight P4 7393 on Sunday, and during boarding, the leader of the crew of the
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FG feeds 9.2 million pupils daily, says Aisha Buhari
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has said the Federal Government feeds no fewer than 9.2 million pupils daily under the school feeding programme in various schools across the nation. Mrs. Buhari stated this in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, during the inauguration of the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign
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Ekiti to spend N1bn on abandoned secretariat projects
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi says the state government will spend N1bn on the completion of abandoned buildings and the rehabilitation of dilapidated structures at the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti. Fayemi, who decried the state of the structures housing some of the ministries, ordered an immediate relocation of the workers
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Ogun reads land grabbers the riot act
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Tunji Bosun ,Abeokuta The Ogun State Government has vowed to deal with land grabbers. The new Director-General of the states Bureau of Lands and Survey, Jumoke Akinwunmi, said, while taking over the leadership of the bureau from Biyi Ismail in Abeokuta on Tuesday, the state government was out to end land grabbing to boost the
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UPDATED: Seven civilians, three soldiers killed in DR Congo attack
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Seven civilians and three soldiers were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when a militia attacked a military post in the restive east of the country, the army said. The attack, in Beni region, was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist-rooted militia operating near the border with Uganda,
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Canada unveils tougher regulations for drone operators
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Wednesday unveiled tougher new regulations for drone operators, including minimum age, required certification and a prohibition on flying under the influence. His announcement comes after reports of drones near Britains Gatwick airport caused major travel disruptions over the Christmas holidays, and again on Tuesday at Heathrow. Garneau said the
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FG approves four new private varsities in Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kaduna
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday in Abuja approved the establishment of four new private universities in Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun and Osun States. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, confirmed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the first meeting of the council in 2019. The meeting was presided over by
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Army repels attack in Nasarawa, recovers 45 assorted arms
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Army says it has repelled attacks from some criminal gangs and militia operating across communities in Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba States recovering some arms. Major General Adeyemi Yekini, Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke in Nasarawa, on Wednesday said his men recovered 45 assorted weapons and 701 rounds of live ammunition from the suspects
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Police foil planned attack on Zamfara communities, arrest gunrunner
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
The police command in Zamfara State has foiled planned attacks on some communities in the state and arrested a notorious gunrunner suspected to be supplying arms to bandits and other criminals. The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Zannah, disclosed this at a press conference in Gusau on Wednesday. Zannah said the command foiled two
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Bolsonaro withdraws Brazil from UN migration pact
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Brazil is pulling out of the controversial UN migration pact, local media reported on Wednesday as President Jair Bolsonaro insisted that migration policies must be defined on the national level. No to the migration pact, Bolsonaro said on Twitter. The defence of national sovereignty was one of the flags of our (electoral) campaign and will
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Macrons ex-bodyguard hands over diplomatic passports
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
A former bodyguard of French President, Emmanuel Macron has handed over diplomatic passports that he kept in spite of being sacked in 2018 when he was accused of assaulting protesters. The Paris prosecutors office confirmed on Wednesday that Alexandre Benalla had given the passports to police investigators, who were still probing whether he misused them.
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