Lekki shootings: FG threatens to sanction CNN over report

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday said Cable News Network( CNN) should be sanctioned for its investigative report on the October 20 Lekki shootings. The CNN,on Wednesday released an investigative report alleging that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests that occurred in Lekki, Lagos State. CNN said a forensic probe of the bullet casings recovered from the scene of the incident revealed that live bullets were fired at the protesters The minister described the report published by…

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Northern Governors Forum not against disbandment of SARS – Lalong

The Northern Governors Forum yesterday said contrary to some misconceptions in some quarters, it is not against the recent scrapping of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).  Chairman of the forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong made the clarification in Kaduna, during the inauguration of a committee on Youths and Civil Societies.  Governor Lalong also reiterated the commitment of the forum to tackling the several challenges facing the region. According to the governor, the forum will collaborate with Federal Government and security agencies to address the issues of banditry,…

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2023: Igbo presidency not negotiable – Sen. Abaribe

As Ebonyi Senators, Rep members disown Umahi over defection  The Senate Minority Leader and Senator for Abia-South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has vowed to remain in the vanguard for the agitation of justice, equity, and fairness for the southeast in national affairs.  The Senator, who stated this after being presented with a Legacy Merit Award as the “Most Outstanding Performing Senator in the South-East 2020” by the NUJ, Imo State council, insisted that the quest for a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 was non-negotiable.  Represented by his aide, Chief…

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There will be no increase in taxes – Finance minister

Ø  As FEC approves Finance Bill 2020 The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has assured Nigerians that the incremental changes to Nigeria’s tax laws do not mean that there will be an increase in taxes.  Addressing State House correspondents yesterday, after the Council approved the Finance Bill 2020, the minister explained that the Bill will ensure improvements in tax laws while reducing some taxes for small and medium enterprises.  She further explained that the 2019 Finance bill actually reduced taxes from 30% to 20% for businesses with a turnover of between…

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Jigawa: Police arrest pregnant woman caught with fake currencies

The Police in Jigawa State have arrested a pregnant woman who was said to be in possession of 100 pieces of fake N1, 000 notes and 76 pieces of fake N500 notes in Birnin-Kudu Local Government Area of the State.  The Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) in the State, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed this to newsmen, said the woman was arrested after buying a body lotion of N300 from the market. According to him, the 40-yr old woman, named Ruqayya Rabi’u, hails from Bichi local government area of Kano…

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Lagos: Police flee, as Okada riders go on rampage

Ø  Chase away Task Force, vandalize BRT buses There was mayhem yesterday at Ikeja area of Lagos, as irate motorcycle, a.k.a okada, riders, went on rampage and chased away Task Force officials trying to enforce traffic law. The Task Force officials had come to the area to stop the okada riders from plying the BRT corridor as they were not meant to even ply the expressway. Unlike in the past, the riders normally flee when they see Task Force officials approaching, but yesterday they appeared emboldened in law-breaking in the aftermath…

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Court revokes Maina’s bail, issues warrant for his arrest

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday ordered the revocation of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), AbdulRasheed Maina’s bail.  At the resumed trial, the presiding judge. Okon Abang, who gave the order in a ruling, also issued a bench warrant for Maina’s arrest “anywhere he is sighted.” The EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, while making the applications, had told the court that the former pension boss, who was granted bail in the sum of N500 million with a surety in the like sum who must…

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Bandits invade Nigerian Army Cadet Training School

Officer Cadets of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) in Jaji, Kaduna State, came under fire from bandits on Tuesday, according to military sources. An unconfirmed number of assailants, suspected to be cattle rustlers, ran into students of Tactics Wing, NASI, during ‘Exercise Wazobia’ – a rigorous military drill at Labar camp and opened fire, sources said.  It was learnt that a soldier, who sustained gunshot wounds in the attack, was promptly evacuated to a medical facility in the state for treatment.  It could not immediately ascertain if the officer…

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Zamfara goldfields don’t belong to Govt. – Commissioner

The Zamfara State Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Solid Minerals, Dr. Nuruddeen Isa, said the state government did not own any gold fields.  Addressing newsmen in his office yesterday, Isa said the state government was not directly involved in mining activities as reported by the media.  The commissioner maintained that the State government only used to buy the gold from the illegal miners in order to prevent the commodity from being smuggled out of the country or sold out to bandits. He stressed, however, that the state government…

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