ABDUCTED CHINESE EXPATRIATE PAYS 100MIL NAIRA RANSOM BEFORE RELEASE IN EKITI

The Chinese expatriate, who was abducted by some unknown gunmen in Ado-Ekiti, has regained freedom, after payment of N100m ransom. The Chinese, simply identified as Wang, was one of the Engineers handling the dualisation of the new Ado-Iyin road. He was abducted last Friday evening at the site by gunmen who also killed a policeman attached to him. He was released by his abductors after five days in captivity. A source close to the road construction company said the abductee was released around 11 pm on Tuesday after payment of…

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ENDSARS: ABUJA INVESTIGATIVE PANEL SUMMONS EX-ZAMFARA GOVERNOR YERIMA OVER ALLEGED TORTURE, ILLEGAL DETENTION

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Independent Investigative Panel probing rights abuses by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police tactical units, in Abuja, on Wednesday, summoned a former Governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yerima. The retired Justice Suleiman Galadima-led panel ordered the ex-governor to appear before it on January 12 with regard to a complaint that allegedly instigated some policemen to arrest, torture, and detain a businessman, Alhaji Musa Wapa over a business deal. Yerima, whose name was not originally listed as a respondent to the petition, was summoned…

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MAN VIOLENTLY STOPS FG’S ROAD PROJECT IN AKWA IBOM USING NATIVE CHARMS AND INJUNCTION, SEE PICS

BY VICTOR BUORO, Except the Federal Government moves decisively to remove and evacuate one Bernard Okon Ekpenyong, who aggressively plants fetish “native charms and injunction” on Julius Berger equipment on ongoing works at Itu-Odukpani-Calabar Road, the completion date may be badly affected. The contractor handling the Itu-Odukpani road, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has been violently obstructed and stopped from continuing with the project by one Bernard Ekpenyong at Nkim Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Uyo, Engr. Ukpong N. The violent…

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SENATE URGES FG TO INVESTIGATE STRANGE DISEASE THAT HAS KILLED MANY IN BENUE

The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Arbovirus and the Vector Research Centre, to probe the cause of strange deaths in Benue State. The resolution was sequel to a motion on the urgent need to deal with the outbreak of a strange ailment suspected to be Yellow Fever, ravaging Epeilo-Otukpa and Itahono-Owukpa communities in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State. The motion was moved by Senator Patrick Abba, who is representing Benue South in the red chamber. The Senate also urge the Federal Ministry…

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BUHARI AGREES TO ADDRESS HOUSE OF REPS OVER INSECURITY IN NIGERIA

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has agreed to address the House of Representatives on the security challenges across the country. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after meeting Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the date of the address would soon be made public. The House of Representatives had on Tuesday resolved to invite Buhari to address lawmakers on efforts being made to address the security challenges in parts of the country.…

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ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HACKED TO DEATH IN CROSS

The police command in cross river state has reported the death of the assistant commissioner of police which happened in the early hours of Wednesday The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Egbe Edun was reported to have been on his way to see his family when he was stopped by gunmen on Murtala Mohammed highway who hacked him to death. He was reported to be the commander of Police Mobile Force, squadron 73 in Magumeri, Borro. -Sharon O

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JUDICIARY TOPS ICPC CORRUPTION INDEX WITH 9.4BIL IN TWO YEARS

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says N9,457,650,000 was corruptly demanded, offered and paid as bribe in Nigeria’s justice sector between 2018 and 2020. This was contained in a report entitled, ‘Nigeria Corruption Index: Report of a pilot survey’, carried out by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, the research and training arm of the ICPC. According to the report, “bribe for judgment is one of the most egregious forms of grand corruption as it operates to undermine the very essence of judicial dispute resolution”. In the…

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FALLOUT FROM FACEOFF: UMAHI SACKS AIDES FROM ANYIM PIUS ANYIM’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has sacked the majority of his political aides in the Ivo Local Government Area of the State, where former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, hails from. This is coming barely 24 hours after Senator Anyim wrote an open letter to Umahi, which he copied The President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and heads of security agencies. In the letter, Anyim alleged that Umahi was plotting to kill him and also said the governor was a prisoner of his greed and inordinate ambition.…

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CORONAVIRUS: FG CONFIRMS 2 VACCINES HAVE BEEN TRIED ON NIGERIANS WITH 90% SUCCESS

The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed confidence that COVID-19 would soon be a thing of the past in the country as two vaccines under trial have more than 90 per cent efficacy to end the disease. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, stated this on Tuesday during an event held in Abuja to commemorate the 2020 World AIDS Day with the theme, ‘Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.’ Mustapha also urged Nigerians to take necessary precautions to avoid…

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NIGERIAN CONVICTED IN UK OVER MURDER OF HOTEL STAFF

A Nigerian man, Samuel Odupitan, who stabbed a hotel concierge worker to death so he could steal his Gucci bag, has been convicted of murder. Odupitan, 24, knifed Tyler Roye six times as he was making his way home after work in south London in February. Prosecutors said Odupitan had come across his 24-year-old victim on the tram and then “murdered him in cold blood for the sake of a designer bag”. The defendant, from Croydon, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court, BBC reports.…

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