Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 14th January 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 14th January 2019

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Ignore CCT summons, South-South govs tell CJN
Mon, 14 Jan 2019

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Governors of the South-South geopolitical zone on Sunday urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to ignore the summons issued to him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal to come and defend the false assets declaration charges levelled against him.

This is as eminent lawyers and other prominent Nigerians including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Femi Falana (SAN), condemned the Federal Government for instituting the charges against the CJN. They warned against rubbishing the judiciary.

Among other things, they said the haste with which the Federal Government acted on the petition against Onnoghen was suspicious.

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But as the governors were holding their meeting in Abuja, militants from the Niger Delta issued a statement where they threatened to shut down all oil wells in the region if the Federal Government failed to withdraw the charges against the CJN.

The governors after the emergency meeting held at the Bayelsa State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, said the CJN should shun the summons.

Present at the meeting included the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson; Nyesom Wike, (Rivers State); Ben Ayade, (Cross River); and Udom Emmanuel, (Akwa Ibom). Delta and Edo states’ governors were absent at the meeting.

Dickson, who read the communique, said while they were not opposed to a genuine fight against corruption, such an action must always be anchored on the rule of law.

He said, “We call on the CJN to ignore this so-called court summons from the CCT and the provocative call for his resignation in some quarters.

“While we are not opposed to a genuine fight against corruption, such action must always be anchored on the rule of law.”

He stated that the action would not only undermine confidence in the judiciary, it would also erode confidence in the electoral process in view of the pivotal role that the judiciary plays in the process of electoral adjudication.

The governor said they believed that President Muhammadu Buhari had a constitutional responsibility and moral obligation to defend the nation’s democracy.

The governors, Dickson said, considered the step to arraign the CJN as directly aimed at humiliating the nation’s highest judicial officer and a prominent son of the geopolitical zone.

Onnoghen’s trial, he noted, “is totally unacceptable to us as it is reflective of the endless story of the marginalisation and intimidation of the South-South.”

He cited the removal of a former acting Director General of the Department of State Services, Mathew Seiyefa, and his replacement with a northerner to back his claim.

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Police file charge against Melaye, to present eight witnesses
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Nigeria Police Force has filed a charge against Kogi West lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, for alleged illegal weapons possession. In the charge, which has been filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the police said a pump-action gun was recovered from Melayes house in July last year during a search
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Fresh crisis looms over new minimum wage
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The moves by the Federal Government and the organised labour to finalise the new minimum wage issue this month face yet another crisis. Sources at the National Assembly told The PUNCH on Sunday that the legislature plans to go on another recess ahead of the presentation of an executive bill on a
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PDP rejects N7bn budget for Obasekis foreign trips
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has opposed the N7bn allegedly allocated to Governor Godwin Obaseki for foreign trips in the states 2019 budget. The state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, said this a during a campaign rally held on Friday in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state.
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Kidnappings: Ekiti wants military back at checkpoints
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has urged the military to take a cue from the security measures obtainable in other countries to rid the country of kidnappers and criminals. Egbeyemi, who reiterated his earlier call for review of withdrawal of soldiers from checkpoints on the major roads in
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Ill lead pro-tax campaign in Osun, says Oluwo
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has volunteered to lead a statewide campaign to educate residents on the need to pay their taxes and levies regularly. The monarch spoke in Iwo during a courtesy visit to Iwo Federal Constituency by the Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State. A statement on Sunday
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YYF backs Atiku, warns Soyinka against attacking Obasanjo
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
A pan Yoruba Group, Yoruba Youth Forum, has said that the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is the best option for Nigeria now. The YYF President, Olusegun Bolarinwa, disclosed this in a statement released by the group after addressing some journalists in Lagos on Sunday. Bolarinwa said
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Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje, others clash over FoI, godfatherism, traffic
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin, Jesusegun Alagbe and Dayo Ojerinde Four Lagos State governorship candidates at a debate on Sunday expressed different opinions on the alleged failure of the government to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act and what they would do differently in promoting accountability and transparency in government. The four candidates were Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu of
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Group mobilises support for APC candidates
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin A group, RMB Family Political Group, has said candidates of the All Progressives Congress at the state and national levels are credible and committed to national development. The group, led by a former Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, said it had decided to mobilise support for
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FG has repositioned NIMASA SGF
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, says the Federal Government has repositioned the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency for economic growth. As a result, he said the Nigerian maritime industry had become more attractive to foreign investors under the watch of the current government. Mustapha, according to
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2019 Budget: Matters arising (2)
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Eze Onyekpere The expenditure framework of the 2019 budget proposal continues the tradition of getting the priorities wrong. Of the overall expenditure projection of N8.83tn, recurrent non-debt takes N4.04tn, which is 45.75%; capital expenditure is N2.031tn, which is 23%; statutory transfers are to be funded by N492.36bn, which is 5.58%; debt service gulps N2.14tn, which
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The law and politics of Onnoghens trial
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Festus Ogun Over the weekend, the Federal Government slammed six counts against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, over his alleged refusal to declare his assets. The news of the arraignment which is scheduled to hold today (Monday, January 14, 2019) has generated heated and endless controversies. In this legal opinion, attempts would
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PDP promises to move against rigging in South-West
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West has said it is preparing well to ensure that rigging is adequately tackled during the general elections. The partys National Vice Chairman (South-West), Eddy Olafeso, said this on Friday after a meeting of the partys stakeholders in Akure, Ondo State. He said, People must be
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Minimum wage: FG asks technical committee to look for additional revenue
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Dayo Oketola The Technical Committee on the Implementation of a new Minimum Wage inaugurated last Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to look for additional sources of revenue to pay the minimum wage and the consequential salary adjustment that will follow. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, during
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Adopting technology in livestock farming, trading
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Livestock are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce labour and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool. The term is sometimes used to refer solely to those that are bred for consumption, while other times it refers only to farmed ruminants, such as cattle and goats. The
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No budgetary provision for 3,050MW Mambila project Fashola
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There is no budgetary provision for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambila hydropower project, the Federal Government declared on Sunday. The government said the claims that the loan negotiations for the project had stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilise $600m (N219bn) from the project for an alleged pet
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NPDC seeks N967bn to develop 416 million barrels of oil
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company is making efforts to raise $3.15bn through third party financing to develop the countrys oil and gas reserves from Oil Mining Lease 13, Okechukwu Nnodim reports The flagship subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, is interfacing with third-party financiers to raise $3.15bn (N967.1bn at
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2019: Insurers to seek more relevance in national economy
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria has said it will collaborate with other stakeholders in the sector to ensure more relevance in the national economy in 2019. In a statement, the President, CIIN, Mr Eddie Efekoha, said this while delivering his New Year message to members. He said, As you will recall, the
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FIABCI Nigeria canvasses improved access to affordable housing
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI Nigeria, in line with the global mandate of the association, is clamouring for affordable housing for all. The group said nothing much had been achieved on affordable housing in Nigeria, adding that it would be introducing the Nigerian property scorecard, a global benchmark for real estate investments,
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How to get business insurance
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Learning how to get business insurance that matches your exact needs is easier if you approach it in small steps. Here are five easy steps from progressivecommercial.com on how to efficiently insure your small business Do your research When was the last time you bought something that required assembly and you ignored the instructions’ How
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Can you take a loan with joint account
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
A joint loan is a loan made to two or more borrowers. All borrowers are equally responsible for repaying the loan, and every borrower typically has an ownership interest in the property that the loan proceeds go toward. Applying jointly can improve the chances of getting approved for a loan, but things dont always work
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WAPIC introduces ombudsman to boost consumer confidence
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola As part of the efforts to boost insurance confidence, Wapic Insurance Plc, has established an ombudsman desk where displeased policyholders can lodge their complaints. During the inauguration in Lagos on Friday, the company said that the ombudsman would investigate and mediate in disputes between a company and its customers across the country. The
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Experts laud FGs new policy on public building maintenancesay it will create jobs
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Experts in the built environment have commended the Federal Governments initiative towards ensuring proper maintenance of public buildings in the country. They stated that it would help the economy to grow by increasing the number of facility management entrepreneurs. The Senior Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor on Facility Management, Mr Segun Adebayo,
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Ondo residents lament lack of fire station
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The residents of the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State have called on the state government to provide a functional fire station in the council area. The residents under the auspices of the Eminent Elders Forum lamented that the whole local government with thousands of inhabitants lacked a functional fire station.
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NIA introduces USSD verification method, registers three million vehicles
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola The Nigeria Insurers Association has introduced an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data that motorists can use to verify the authenticity of their vehicle insurance certificates. During the official introduction of the USSD code in Lagos, the Chairman, NIA, Mr Tope Smart, said the industry had registered over three million vehicles on its Nigerian Insurance
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NCF plans forum on environmental issues
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Conservation Foundation says it plans to hold talks on issues about the environment. According to the foundation, the Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture, an annual event, is organised by the NCF in collaboration with the S.L. Edu Family with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited, and is aimed at bringing environmental
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VFD Group sells stake in NEM Insurance
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola VFD Group says it has sold its stake in NEM Insurance Plc. The firm, in a statement on Friday, said its stake in NEM Insurance was sold in an agreed trade. It said the sale occurred in conjunction with other key stakeholders of the insurance company. VFD Group said, A combined block of
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FG issues 7,000 mining licences in eight years, revokes 2,500
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government issued more than 7,000 licences in the last eight years out of which only 4,500 subsist, the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office has said. The outgoing Director-General of NMCO, Mr Mohammed Amate, disclosed this at an interview with journalists during an event to handover to a newly appointed Director-General in
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Lafarge targets leadership in environmental sustainability
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Lafarge Africa Plc says it is aiming to become the industry leader in environmental sustainability by setting examples on how to address the planets challenges. According to the company, the Nigeria office takes its inspiration from the parent company, LafargeHolcims 2030 plan, which aims to lead in sustainability and set new standards. It
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NSE lifts suspension on African Alliances shares
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has lifted the suspension of trading in the shares of African Alliance Insurance Plc. The NSE, in a statement on Friday, referred to its Market Bulletin dated July 5, 2018, which notified the public of the suspension of eight listed companies for non-compliance with the rules for filing of
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Stop engaging quacks in construction, estate surveyors warn
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Abuja Branch has asked Nigerians to avoid quacks when dealing with construction issues. The Chairman of the branch, Mr Charles Ebiai, described quacks as desperate and out to undermine the ethics of the profession. According to him, those who engage the services of estate surveyors
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NCAA to withdraw AOCs of unauthorised charter flight operators
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has threatened to sanction airline operators who engage in charter operations with unauthorised permits. By this, any operator caught engaging in such unauthorised services will have its Air Operator Certificate suspended or revoked, the NCAA said in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye,
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Facility management growth presents challenges, opportunities Akintunde
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Group Managing Director, Alpha Mead Group, Dr Femi Akintunde, says the growth of facility management across Africa and beyond is creating challenges as well as opportunities for experts in the industry. Akintunde stated that there was a growing trend for international businesses to warehouse their real estate and facilities management operations across
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First Bank provides schools with educational products
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola First Bank of Nigeria Limited says it is supporting schools with business requirements to promote preparations for the school year. In a statement, the bank said it was achieving this through its array of educational-based products and solutions targeted at enabling schools acquire their required educational facilities, to boost the continued expansion of
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Private sector needed for budget performance FG
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Federal Government has said that the budget can only perform at an appreciable level that will trigger sustainable infrastructural development if the private sector is provided with an enabling environment to thrive. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, stated this in an address he delivered at the
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Power, interest rate, others slowed business in 2018 CBN
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola Business activities were slowed down by an insufficient power supply, high-interest rates and other challenges in 2018 financial period. This was disclosed in the monthly business expectations survey report by the Central Bank of Nigerias Statistics Department in December 2018. The CBN, in the report, stated that firms identified insufficient power supply, high-interest
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Afri-Invest, Syntaxis to finance SMEs with N12bn equity fund
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Afri-Invest West Africa has entered into a partnership with Syntaxis Capital Africa to float a N12bn private equity fund to bridge the financing gap for the Small and Medium Enterprises sector of the economy. The inauguration of the fund was done in Abuja in the presence of key capital market stakeholders including
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Thugs attack Saraki family quarter, injure 11
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Sunday Aborisade and Tunde Oyekola Hoodlums have invaded the Agbaji area of Ilorin, where the family residence of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is located. No fewer than 11 people were reportedly injured when the hoodlums invaded the area and damaged 50 vehicles on Sunday. Also, Solagberu and Aliagan mosques, as well
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Osinbajo lauds military for securing nation against insurgents
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the military for protecting the country from Boko Haram and Islamic State insurgents. He lauded the men and women in the military for laying down their lives, noting that they gave up all the comfort of life and the affection of their families that we may enjoy
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Stop spreading hatred against Buhari, Presidency tells Ortom
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday denied alleged plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to islamise Benue State, saying that Governor Samuel Ortom was engaging in a hate campaign against Buhari by making the allegation. It also stated that Buhari supported the anti-grazing law passed by the Benue State Government in a bid to end
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MTN Nigeria concludes 2018 Season of Surprises
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola MTN Nigeria said it closed the year 2018 with the grand finale of its Season of Surprises, where it touched nearly 400,000 lives in 21 days. The firm said in a statement that the closing event held with the unveiling of the total number of lives touched by the SOS campaign that went
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MBF knocks Buharis endorsement by Miyetti Allah
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Middle Belt Forum has condemned the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buharis re-election by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, describing it as a form of support for the reign of terror going on in the Middle Belt region. The forum noted that the failure of the Federal Government to
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NITDA wants hotel guests, others registered for Internet service
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The National Information Technology Development Agency has warned hotels to desist from providing Internet services to guests without proper registration with the agency. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim, said restaurants, event management centres and service providers could
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Edo exposes entrepreneurs to Elumelu $5,000 grant
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin The Edo State Government has called on youths in the state to take advantage of the $5,000 grant provided by the Tony Elumelu Foundation to boost their businesses and economic fortunes of the state. The state Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Emmanuel Usoh, made the call at the weekend during
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2019 elections: Political parties drag INEC to court over guidelines
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Sixty-one political parties have resolved to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over the draft guidelines for the 2019 general election. The parties, which form the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, had last week rejected the election guidelines billed to be formally presented on Monday. But IPACs spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, in a
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FG seeks private sector support in establishing ICT park
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Federal Government has sought the cooperation of the private sector in establishing a national information and communication technology park. The Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu, while speaking at the Business Roundtable for the Financing of the National ICT Park in Lagos, noted that the ICT park would create a platform for
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My regimell make education Nigerias new gold Ezekwesili
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, has promised to make education Nigerias new oil well and gold mine if elected in the forthcoming elections. She said her education programme would fast-track the quest for an all-round development of the country and open doors for various
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APC asks IGP to probe bloody rally in Ogun
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to probe the bloody rally held in Odogbolu last Saturday evening. The publicity secretary of the partys caretaker committee in the state, Tunde Oladunjoye, said this in a statement issued to journalists in Abeokuta on
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NHRC panel ends hearing on SARS Monday
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Human Rights Commissions seven-man Special Investigative Panel set up to look into the activities and make recommendations for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police will end its public hearing in Abuja on Monday (today). The final lap of the hearing, which had taken place in
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